Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Liberal Arts

The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Liberal Arts program gives you the opportunity to either concentrate on one arts and science areas of study or select two or three areas. Choose from the humanities, science, the social sciences and related interdisciplinary fields. You may focus on current discipline-specific topics, problems and/or controversies and engage in online seminar-based debates. A Directed Studies course is included.

What Can You Do With This Credential?

Use the credits you attain in this program to help you meet admission requirements for a graduate program, enhance your employability and increase your knowledge and proficiency in your areas of study.

 Program Requirements

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

Admission Requirements

Completion of a recognized bachelor's degree in any field of study, with a grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 or higher

If you plan to complete a credential through Open Learning, 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 6 TRU credits (distance or on-campus)

Certificate Requirements

15 credits total of third- and fourth-year courses (upper level), with a grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 or higher over all courses required for this credential, as follows:

Upper-Level Requirements (9 credits)

9 credits in upper-level humanities and/or social science and or/science, including one of the following:

BIOL 3431, Plants and People (3)
ENVS 3991, Environmental Studies: Sustainability (3)
GEOG 3991, Global Climate Change and Regional Impacts (3)
HIST 3991, Environmental History (3)
HUMN 3981, Issues in Latin American Studies (3)
HUMN 3991, Issues in Science and Society (3)
POLI 3991, Globalization and its Discontents: The Politics of Economic Change (3)
PSYC 3991, Psychology of Human Resilience (3)
SOCI 3991, Sociology of Diversity: Issues for Canadians (3)
VISA 3991, Cultural Theory and Images (3)

Elective Requirements (3 credits)

3 credits of upper-level liberal arts electives

Directed Studies (3 credits)

One Directed Studies course

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

Directed Studies consists of concentrated study of a topic that you select in consultation with your Open Learning Faculty Member.

As registration procedures differ for Directed Studies courses, please speak 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.