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General Studies – Associate of Arts Degree

Program Details

Length: 2 years

Total Credits: 60

Intake Terms: Fall, Winter, Spring

Campus: Castlegar

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Credential Received

Associate of Arts Degree

Overview

Program Summary

No matter what career path you choose in life, it always gives you a leading edge to have a solid education on your resume. With today’s job market becoming ever more competitive, employers are looking for viable candidates who show dedication and determination, especially to their academic background. Getting started on your associate or bachelor’s degree today, sets you up for future career—and life—success.

If you are not quite sure what you want to major in yet, but know you want to get your bachelor’s degree eventually, the associate of arts general degree is right for you. It gives you a well-rounded blend of arts courses designed to let you see some of the options you will have later, once you decide on a specialty to focus on.

Giving you a full two years of study, the general associate of arts degree fulfills most, if not all, course requirements for third-year entry into BC approved Bachelor of Arts university degree programs. Mix and match your courses to suit your needs and interests, as long as they fulfill the specified requirements.

All Associate of Arts students are required to complete:

  • Two semester courses in first-year English.
  • Six semester courses in first-year Arts in two or more subject areas.
  • Three semester courses in math, science, statistics or computer science at the 100 level or higher of which one must be a lab science, one must be in math, and one an open science. Geography 130 and Geology are considered lab sciences.
  • Six semester courses in second-year Arts in two or more subject areas.
  • Six additional UAS courses.
  • Students must achieve a GPA of 2.0.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of an Associate of Arts program, learners will be able to:

  • explain terms, concepts, and theories of the discipline(s).
  • read, write, and communicate effectively and creatively across academic disciplines.
  • ask informed questions to deepen the level of enquiry.
  • use quantitative and qualitative evidence to support claims.
  • research and analyze evidence from scholarly and professional publications.
  • synthesize and summarize literature and data.
  • demonstrate developing critical, creative thinking, and problem solving skills.
  • use current and emerging technology.
  • demonstrate collaborative skills in a multi-cultural environment.
  • conduct themselves in a professional and ethical manner in an academic environment.

Program Admission Requirements

Academic Requirements

In addition to meeting the general admission requirements to Selkirk College, applicants to the University Arts and Sciences program must meet the following requirements to be considered fully qualified:

  • Minimum grade of 60% in English 12 or English 12 First Peoples or equivalent. Students who do not meet this requirement must write the Language Proficiency Index (LPI) test and achieve a minimum of level 4 to attain equivalency.

Additional Requirements

  • Students whose first language is not English must fulfill the College’s English language proficiency requirement. See Policy 8611: Admissions.
  • Mature students must meet the English 12 requirement.
  • If you are a student who lacks the admission requirements, you may still gain entry to the program by taking a combination of Academic upgrading and university courses in your first year. This may extend the length of your program.

Program Courses

Term 1

Required Courses

ENGL 110English Composition

3.00

Elective Courses

The following is a suggested selection of courses. Students are advised to meet with a Selkirk College counsellor to discuss course options.

Choose:

one (1) 100-level Humanities elective

one (1) 100-level Social Sciences elective

At least one (1) 100-level Math/Science elective

one (1) additional Arts elective

See the UAS table of available courses.

Term 2

Required Courses

ENGL 111Introduction To Literature

3.00

Elective Courses

The following is a suggested selection of courses. Students are advised to meet with a Selkirk College counsellor to discuss course options.

Choose:

one (1) 100-level Humanities elective

one (1) 100-level Social Sciences elective

At least one (1) 100-level Math/Science elective

one (1) additional Arts elective

See the UAS table of available courses.

Term 3

Elective Courses

The following is a suggested selection of courses. Students are advised to meet with a Selkirk College counsellor to discuss course options.

Take:

three (3) 200-level Arts electives in two or more subject areas

two (2) 100- or 200-level general arts electives

See the UAS table of available courses.

Term 4

Elective Courses

The following is a suggested selection of courses. Students are advised to meet with a Selkirk College counsellor to discuss course options.

Take:

three (3) 200-level Arts electives in two or more subject areas

two (2) 100- or 200-level general arts electives

See the UAS table of available courses.