Bachelor of Arts degree
Option 1: (For students with high school graduation only)
1. B.C. Secondary school graduation or equivalent and,
2. A minimum of a B average in English 12 and two other provincially examined grade 12 subjects.
Option 2: University Entrance (For students who have attended some post-secondary school)
Completion of a minimum of 30 Arts/Science university-level credits with a cumulative GPA of 2.33 on all credits attempted.
Students who do not meet these requirements might consider the Arts Studies program path.
For the purpose of Admissions, credits earned in the following disciplines will be considered:
Anthropology, art history, communications (CMNS 155 and above), criminology/criminal justice (excluding CRIM 201, 202, and 203), economics, English, film, geography, history, international studies, Latin American studies, mathematics/statistics, media and communication studies, modern languages, philosophy, political science, psychology, religious studies, sociology, SCMS, theatre, and visual arts.
The remaining credit can be from:
To date, some courses from Aviation, Communications, Library Technology, and Social Services and Social Work have been approved. For a list of acceptable courses and practica, please contact the Bachelor of Arts advisor.
How to apply
1. Submit the application fee along with your UCFV application for admission form to the Admissions and Records (A&R) office. Application forms are available from any A&R or Student Services office. You can also print an application form from our website at www.ufv.ca/ar, or you can apply directly through the internet at www.pas.bc.ca. See the Program Charts for a complete list of application dates and general information.
Additional documents required for a complete application:
2. You will be advised of an admission decision and, if accepted, will be provided with registration information. A deposit is required when you register (see the Fees and Other Costs section). This money will be applied toward your tuition fees. Final payment of all course fees is due the end of the second week of classes.
3. In cases where course work is in progress, an admission decision may be made conditional upon completion of academic requirements. Proof of completion of entrance requirements is due the end of the first week in August for the September intake.
Basis for admission decision
Applicants who meet the entrance requirements will be admitted in order of their application date. This date is set when an application, all required documentation, and the application fee have been submitted.
Declaration of majors, extended minors, minors
Students who have been admitted to the Bachelor of Arts program may formally declare majors, extended minors or minors only after they have completed at least thirty credits in the program with a minimum of a 2.00 CGPA on all credits attempted, provided that they have also met the declaration requirements of the subject discipline. Formal declaration is completed by appointment with an Arts advisor. In order to have access to the discipline reserved seating, where applicable, a student must be admitted to the B.A. program and be formally declared.
Graduates wishing to complete a major, minor or extended minor
Students who have completed a bachelor's degree but wish to complete the requirements for a major, minor or extended minor in the UCFV Bachelor of Arts may be able to do this through an Extended Studies certificate in Arts. Please contact the appropriate department for more information.
See the Fees and Other Costs section. Books and additional supplies cost approximately $100 per course.
Courses at other institutions
UCFV students who wish to take academic work at other institutions for credit toward the degree must obtain permission in advance from an Arts advisor. A letter of permission request is available at www.ufv.ca/ar or can be obtained from the Admissions and Records office. Students must be in good standing (CGPA > 2.0) to receive a letter of permission. When approval has been granted, the Registrars office will issue a Letter of Permission to the student.
Except as noted below, total transfer and course challenge credits, including prior learning credit, may not exceed 60, and not more than 15 transfer credits may count toward upper-level requirements. Within these limits, transfer credit may be applied to the BA with courses passed with a grade of P or higher. Transfer credit is not used in the calculation of the cumulative grade point average.
It is the students responsibility to ensure all program requirements are met. This should be done by regular consultation with an Arts advisor.
Degree candidates who qualify to receive a UCFV degree must be approved by the UCFV Arts division and the University College Board.
Students must apply for graduation by completing a request to graduate form available at www.ufv.ca/ar, or from the Admissions and Records office. We recommend this be done in the first month of the final semester. The final deadline for students who wish to attend the graduation ceremony is April 1, with all program requirements completed by April 30.
Standing required for continuance
All students at UCFV are expected to maintain acceptable standards of scholarship. Specifically, they are expected to maintain a minimum 2.0 CGPA.
Students may not register for a course more than twice. No more than five course duplications will be permitted. Where a course has been repeated, only the higher grade is counted in the GPA calculation.
A student who has a CGPA lower than 2.0 will be placed on Academic Warning for the next semester. A student on Academic Warning may not register in a course overload.
Students who do not achieve a semester GPA of at least 2.0 while they are on Academic Warning will be required to withdraw from the program.
A student on Academic Warning who achieves a single semester GPA of at least 2.0 will continue on Academic Warning until the CGPA equals or exceeds 2.0.
Required to withdraw
Students who have been required to withdraw from the BA program may have the opportunity to continue to take courses as an Arts Studies student; however, they may not register for any upper-level courses.
Appeals for readmission
A student who is required to withdraw from the BA program must submit an appeal for readmission to the Academic Standards committee if he/she wishes to resume studies in the degree program.
In general, students who have been required to withdraw will be advised to complete a further nine credits of academic work or to repeat a similar amount of academic work taken previously in order to demonstrate their academic abilities. Appeals must be received at least three months before the start of the semester for which a student has applied. Readmission is not automatic.
Standing on readmission
If readmitted, students will be placed on Academic Warning again, subject to the conditions for Academic Warning as described above.
Students who have already completed a degree at the bachelors level may be granted an additional bachelors degree provided that the two degrees are different, and that the student has met the program requirements. No more than 75 percent of the credits required for the additional degree may be applied from any previous degree. At least 30 upper-level (300-400) credits for the subsequent degree must be taken at UCFV.
There are three sets of requirements to note:
1. Program requirements (below)
3. Discipline requirements (see individual disciplines)
To receive a Bachelor of Arts degree students must complete the requirements for a major or two extended minors.
Students admitted to the degree should seek advice from an Arts advisor. A formal declaration of your program choice should be made and approved by the Bachelor of Arts advisor prior to the completion of 60 credits towards the degree.
You must complete a minimum of 120 credits of which 65 must be in Arts. At least 30 of these credits must be at the 300/400 level in Arts. For the purpose of meeting the 65 credits in Arts, students may choose courses from the following list of subjects:
Of the remaining 55 credits, up to 12 credits (at the 100 level or higher) may be from outside the Arts and Sciences. A Science course, as defined by the British Columbia Council on Admissions and Transfer, will include biology, chemistry, computing science, kinesiology, mathematics/statistics, and physics.
A minimum CGPA of 2.0 in the BA program, a minimum of CGPA of 2.0 in your major/extended minor(s)/minor(s), and a minimum CGPA of 2.0 in all upper-level credits required. Pre-college or preparatory courses will not satisfy program requirements.
Bachelor of Arts students must consider the following in making their course selection:
Students preparing for graduate studies should seek advice from the UCFV department head of their intended discipline to assist in course selection.
UCFV offers English Honours
UCFV offers majors in
Students choosing a major have the opportunity to concentrate their studies in one subject area, preparing them for related careers or for further study following graduation.
In addition, students may choose to complete a minor or extended minor in conjunction with their major.
Note: A sociology/anthropology major cannot be combined with either a sociology minor or an anthropology minor.
Additional requirements for Arts majors
Of the 120 BA credits:
65 must be in Arts subjects
Students wishing to concentrate on two subject areas can earn a Bachelor of Arts degree by completing two extended minors. UCFV offers extended minors in:
Biology (applicable only to BA degree)
Any two of these areas can be combined except mathematics with mathematics/statistics.
An extended minor consists of the 100- and 200-level credits required for a major as well as the 300- and 400-level credits equivalent to a minor in the same discipline.
Additional requirements for Arts extended minors
Of the 120 BA credits:
65 must be in Arts subjects
UCFV offers minors in:
You may choose to complete a minor in conjunction with your major or double extended minors. At least 15 credits of upper-level credits must be taken within a single discipline unless otherwise specified in this calendar. At least seven upper-level credits counting towards the minor must be taken at UCFV.
Note: There are disciplines within Arts which have minors but do not have majors.
Students enrolled in a major must complete at least 30 credits in five or more subject areas outside the Arts major. No more than 12 credits from any one subject area can be used to fulfill this breadth requirement.
Students enrolled in two extended minors must complete at least 30 credits in five or more subject areas of which one can be one of their extended minors. No more than 12 credits from any one subject area can be used to fulfill this breadth requirement.
Note: These breadth requirements will be met in part by fulfilling the following requirements:
Three credits from:
PHIL 100 or at least three credits from each of the following lists:
* This requirement may be met by PSYC 210 if previously completed.
Lab Science requirement
Four credits from:
ASTR 103 or 104
* This requirement may be met by PSYC 210 or PSYC 220 if previously completed.
Six credits from:
Social Science requirement
Six credits from:
* Interdisciplinary courses are determined by an Arts advisor
Special note: Prospective elementary and secondary school teachers must, in following the above guidelines, take into account the B.C. College of Teachers and Faculty of Education admission requirements. Consult an educational advisor in Student Services for assistance.
Arts discipline requirements
See under individual disciplines.
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