General Studies

General Studies Bachelor of Arts

The General Studies B.A. is for students who wish to pursue a general liberal studies program. Students must complete at least 48 credits at the 300/400 level, of which at least 30 credits must be completed at the UBC Okanagan campus. In addition to the general requirements for the B.A. program in Arts, students enrolled in the General Studies B.A. must fulfill requirements from the following three groupings drawn from four categories (Humanities, Social Science, Science, and Creative and Performing Arts):

Grouping I

  • Concentration: A minimum of 30 credits, with at least 18 credits at the 300 and 400 levels from a single discipline within one of the four categories mentioned above.
  • Non-concentration: A minimum of 18 credits, with at least 12 credits at the 300 and 400 levels from other disciplines within the same category as the concentration.

Grouping II

  • A minimum of 18 credits, with at least 12 credits at the 300 and 400 levels from a category different from the category chosen for Grouping I.

Grouping III

  • A minimum of 6 credits at the 300 and 400 levels in disciplines outside of the concentration.

Students can complete a General Studies B.A. degree with a concentration in the following disciplines: Anthropology; Art History & Visual Culture; Cultural Studies; Creative Writing; Economics (Social Sciences option); Economics (Science option); Geography; History (Humanities option); History (Social Sciences option); Languages; Literature; Mathematics; Philosophy; Political Science; Psychology (Social Sciences option); Psychology (Science option); Sociology; and Gender and Women's Studies.

Discipline Classification Lower Levels (100- and 200-level courses)1

Humanities: Art History and Visual Culture, Creative and Critical Studies, Cultural Studies, Digital Humanities, English, Film, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, History, Indigenous Studies, Japanese Studies, Latin, Music, Philosophy, Spanish.

Social Sciences: Anthropology, Economics, Gender and Women's Studies, Geography2, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology.

Creative and Performing Arts: Creative Writing, Theatre, Visual Arts.

Science credit can be obtained in: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Data Science, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Economics, Geography3, Geology, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology, Statistics.

Lab Science designation can be applied to: Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Geography2, Geology, Physics.

1These classifications apply to UBC Okanagan campus students enrolled in the B.A. and B.Sc. programs.
2GEOG 108, 109, 200, 205, and 222 provide the Lab Science designation; all other GEOG courses provide the Social Sciences credit.
3GEOG 128 and 129 do not provide Science credit.

General B.A. Degree Program List of Courses By Discipline

Anthropology
Social Sciences Category: ANTH 304, 306, 310, 313, 318, 319, 323, 342, 351, 370, 377, 400, 403, 407, 409, 411, 414, 419, 420, 422, 441, 477, 490.

Art History and Visual Culture
Humanities Category: All 300- and 400-level ARTH courses.

Creative Writing
Creative and Performing Arts Category: CRWR 381, 382, 470, 471, 472, 473, 474

Cultural Studies
Humanities Category: All 300- and 400-level CULT courses except CULT 495.

Digital Humanities
Humanities Category: DIHU 301, 302.

Economics
All ECON courses can be counted in either the Social Sciences Category or the Science Category but not both, and not some in one category and some in the other.

English
Humanities Category (language): ENGL 340, 392, 393.
Humanities Category (literature): All 300- and 400-level ENGL courses, except for ENGL 340, 392, 393.

French
Humanities Category (language): FREN 344, 345, 353, 357, 355, 480, 444, 446, 453, 458, 459.
Humanities Category (literature): FREN 330, 331, 332, 336, 338, 360, 362, 380, 407, 408, 419, 420, 421, 422, 430, 439, 460, 461, 470, 480.

Gender and Women's Studies
Social Sciences Category: GWST 323, 334.
Humanities Category: GWST 335, 336.

Geography
Social Sciences Category: GEOG 316, 351, 358, 359, 365, 371, 423, 434, 451, 480.
Science Category: GEOG 301, 310, 317, 341, 356, 370, 377, 413, 414, 416, 437, 466.

German
Humanities Category (language): GERM 305.
Humanities Category (literature): GERM 302, 303, 349

Greek
Humanities Category (language): GREK 111, 121.

Hebrew
Humanities Category (language): HEBR 305.

History
Humanities Category: all courses between HIST 302 and 492 (except those listed under Social Sciences), and including PHIL 419.
Social Sciences Category: HIST 300, 301, 329, 352, 402, 412, 464, 473.

Indigenous Studies
Humanities Category: INDG 303, 401, 402, 481.
Social Sciences Category: INDG 302, 304, 305, 306, 307, 308.

Japanese Studies
Humanities Category (language): JPST 300, 301, 365.
Humanities Category (literature): JPST 354, 364, 366

Language
Look under individual languages: English, Japanese Studies, German, Greek, Hebrew, Latin, French, and Spanish.

Literature
Look under individual disciplines: English, Japanese Studies, German, French, and Spanish.

Latin
Humanities Category (language): LATN 300.

Music
Creative and Performing Arts Category: MUSC 324.

Philosophy
Humanities Category: All PHIL course between 300 and 499.

Political Science
Social Sciences Category: All POLI courses between 300 and 499.

Psychology
Social Sciences Category: all PSYO courses between 301 and 499, except those listed under the Science Category.
Science Category: PSYO 310, 311, 312, 313, 314, 315, 316, 317, 331, 333, 334, 335, 372, 373.

Sociology
Social Sciences Category: SOCI 303, 305, 306, 309, 311, 313, 355, 362, 371, 375, 411, 415, 426, 434, 463, 467, 468, 485.

Spanish
Humanities Category (language): SPAN 301, 302, 425, 495.
Humanities Category (literature): SPAN 303, 304, 310, 311, 408, 411, 412, 495.

Theatre
Creative and Performing Arts Category: THTR 301, 401, 411, 483.

Visual Arts
Creative and Performing Arts Category: VISA 300, 301, 312, 313, 322, 323, 336, 337, 362, 363, 382, 383, 400, 482, 483.

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