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General Studies

Bachelor of Arts, General Studies

The Bachelor of Arts, General Studies is for students who wish to pursue a general liberal studies program.

Students may choose to focus their concentrations in the following disciplines:

  • Anthropology
  • Art History and Visual Culture
  • Computer Science
  • Creative Writing
  • Cultural Studies
  • Digital Humanities/Media Studies
  • Economics1
  • English
  • French
  • Geography1
  • Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies
  • German
  • History
  • Indigenous Studies
  • Japanese Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology1
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Theatre
  • World Literature

Students in all B.A. programs must complete at least 48 credits at the 300/400 level in any discipline, of which at least 30 credits must be completed at UBC.

Students must see an undergraduate advisor before entering third-year.

In addition to fulfilling the foundational and distribution requirements for the B.A. degree, students completing the B.A. General Studies must successfully complete 36 credits of courses numbered 300 or higher by selecting one of the following two options2,3.

Option A

At least 18 credits in any two of the above listed disciplines.

Option B

At least 18 credits in one of the above listed disciplines, at least 9 credits in a second discipline and 9 credits in a third discipline.

1All Economics, Geography and Psychology courses count as Arts courses within the B.A. General Studies.

2Students may not complete a major or minor within the General Studies program.

3Cross-listed courses can only be used to satisfy the requirements of one concentration (e.g. DIHU 370 and ARTH 370).

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