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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 area of study or to select two or three areas. Choose from the humanities, science, the social sciences and related interdisciplinary fields. A directed studies course is included.

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

Residency requirements

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

Certificate requirements

15 credits 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)

Three credits of upper-level liberal arts electives

Directed studies

VISA 4991, Directed Studies (3)

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.

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.

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