Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

General Studies

Our General Studies programs offer a multidisciplinary approach to education, allowing you to study a plethora of subjects: arts, science, social sciences and humanities. Follow your passion and create your own program by choosing from a wide range of courses.

Choose from many OL and TRU courses to fulfill your program requirements. You can also take post-secondary courses elsewhere and transfer them to your OL program. See BC Council on Admissions and Transfer to explore your options.

Plan ahead and make the most of your General Studies credential. Our program advisors help you choose courses that can later be applied toward another program, either at OL or elsewhere.

Programs

Getting started

Before you register for a course or apply for a program, please do the following:

  • Read about distance education and course delivery formats.
  • Look at the program descriptions, which state any admission requirements and the residency requirements.
  • Familiarize yourself with the course descriptions.
  • Note the estimated program costs, learn about financial awards and support, and consider how you can fund your education.

Awards and financial support

You can apply for financial support if you meet place-of-residence requirements. If you are a full-time program student, you may be eligible to apply for an award, scholarship, bursary or grant. See Student Awards and Financial Support.

PLAR

If you have applied for or been admitted to a Business and Management Studies program, you may be eligible for credit based on an assessment of your prior learning. PLAR allows you to earn academic credits for knowledge, training and skills gained through your work and life experience.