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Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Bachelor of Arts, History

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Program Requirements

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

OL offers many courses that fulfil 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

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:

Breadth requirements (24 credits)

May be met with lower- or upper-level university courses; refer to the breadth requirements for arts and science degree programs:

  • Six credits in English (university-level composition and literature), excluding technical- and business-writing courses
  • Six credits in mathematics (including statistics) and/or science
  • Six 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 (15 credits)

  • Six credits of second-year history courses (such as HIST 2251, 1161)

Upper-level requirements (30 credits)

  • 27 credits of upper-level history courses, including HUMN 3011, HIST 3711, HIST 3721, HIST 3731, HIST 3741, HIST 3751, HIST 3991
  • 3 credits of Directed Studies (HIST 4991)

Elective requirements (51 credits)

  • 15 credits of upper-level elective courses
  • 45 credits of lower- or upper-level elective courses

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 breadth and lower-level requirements and have completed at least 15 credits of upper-level requirements in your major.

Registration procedures differ for directed studies, so it is essential that you consult your program advisor before you register in a directed studies course.

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