Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Bachelor of Arts, General Studies

With the Bachelor of Arts, General Studies program, you get a broad education in arts.

What Can You Do With This Credential?

Dawn Palmer, who studied throughout her fight against breast cancer and while carrying out familial responsibilities, gained a Bachelor of Arts, General Studies degree. This will help her meet the admission requirements for a master's degree in human resources program and bolster her career as Director of Human Resource Consulting Services for BC's Provincial Health Services Authority.

"I have studied everywhere: in my car during soccer practices, at an ice rink waiting for my son's hockey game to start, on a bench prior to my daughter's field hockey game."
—Dawn Palmer, BA

 Program Requirements

Some program requirements may be met with credits earned through prior learning assessment and recognition (PLAR).

Admission Requirements

Open admission

Please include the Program Admission Form with your application.

Residency Requirements

A minimum of 15 TRU credits (distance or on-campus)

Degree Requirements

120 credits, including 45 upper-level credits, with a grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 or higher over all courses required for this credential, as follows:

General Education Requirements (24 credits)

These may be met with lower- or upper-level university courses; refer to General Education requirements for arts and science degree programs.

6 credits in English (university-level composition and literature), excluding technical- and business-writing courses

6 credits in humanities, other than English

6 credits in mathematics (including statistics) and/or science

6 credits in social science

Upper-Level Requirements (45 credits)

30 credits in humanities, sciences, social sciences or related interdisciplinary fields

15 upper-level elective credits

Elective Requirements (51 credits)

May be lower-level or upper-level credits

Approval of education, business and administrative studies courses are is on a case-by-case basis. Applied credit may not be used to meet arts requirements.

Student Responsibility

Consult with your Program Advisor to ensure that the courses you select can be applied toward the program requirements of your chosen credential. Also, before you register in a course not listed on the OL website, you must apply for a letter of permission. Otherwise, you may find that either course credits cannot be applied to your program or you must pay a transcript reassessment fee.


Please see Fees for estimated costs.

 Contact Us

Please contact us with your questions about the Bachelor of Arts, General Studies program.