Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Bachelor of Arts, History


The Bachelor of Arts, History Major program is designed for you if history is your focus. One Directed Studies course is included.

What Can You Do With This Credential?

The Bachelor of Arts, History Major degree that Cory Martinson received from Open Learning allowed him to broaden his career options within the provincial government.

"My Open Learning credential helped me grow my career as an information and privacy commissioner for BC."
— Cory Martinson, BA

 Program Requirements

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

OL offers many courses that fulfill both lower- and upper-level degree requirements, but you may need to complete some degree requirements through classroom or distance courses from other recognized post-secondary institutions and transfer the credit to this degree program.

Admission Requirements

Open admission

If you plan to complete a credential through OL, please fill in a Program Admission form and send it to OL Admissions. Contact Student Services with any questions regarding program admission.

Residency Requirements

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

Degree Requirements

120 credits total, 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

May be met with lower- or upper-level university courses; refer to the 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 mathematics (including statistics) and/or science
6 credits in social science
HIST 1121, Canadian History to 1867 (3) or equivalent
HIST 1221, Post-Confederation Canadian History (3) or equivalent
Lower-Level Requirements
6 credits of second-year history courses (may be HIST 2251, 1161)
Upper-Level Requirements
27 credits of upper-level history courses (may include HUMN 3011)
3 credits of Directed Studies (HIST 4991)
Elective Requirements
15 credits of upper-level elective courses
45 credits of lower- or upper-level elective courses
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 (LOP).

If you proceed otherwise, you may find that either course credits cannot be applied to your program or you must pay a transcript reassessment fee.

 Directed Studies

A Directed Studies course consists of concentrated study of a topic you select in consultation with your Open Learning Faculty Member. Directed Studies is open to you if you have fulfilled the General Education and lower-level requirements and have completed at least 15 credits of upper-level requirements in your major.

Registration procedures differ for Directed Studies courses, so it is essential that you talk to your Program Advisor before registering.


Please see Tuition and Fees for details.


Email Student Services or call us for more about this or any other Open Learning program.