Liberal Arts diploma
Students will no longer be admitted directly to the Liberal Arts diploma.
They can, however, graduate from the Liberal Arts diploma while in another
program, as long as all program requirements have been met. Students not
currently in a UFV program might consider applying to the
Bachelor of Arts or Associate of Arts degree programs,
or the Arts Studies program path.
The Liberal Arts diploma program requires a minimum of 60 university-level credits. It is designed to provide students with a breadth of intellectual and academic experience while recognizing the importance of concentrated study in a specific field or discipline.
The diploma addresses the needs of students pursuing educational or career
goals in the humanities or social sciences. The Liberal Arts diploma may serve
as an educational goal or as an intermediate qualification for those who
transfer to other educational institutions. Students planning to obtain the
Bachelor of Arts offered by the college of Arts can complete the diploma and
satisfy the general program requirements for the BA degree and the lower-level
requirements for their major, extended minors, or minor program(s). Students who pursue the Liberal
Arts diploma will be subject to the policies on academic standing, continuance
in program, and academic warning that apply to the program they have been
It is the students responsibility to ensure all program requirements are met. This should be done by regular consultation with an Arts Advisor.
Students who qualify to receive a Liberal Arts diploma must be approved by the Arts Advice Centre and the Senate. Students must apply for graduation by completing the Graduation Request form available ufv.ca/admissions/forms or at the Office of the Registrar. We recommend this be done in the first month of the final semester. The final deadline for students who wish to attend the June Convocation ceremony is April 1st of each year, with all program requirements completed by April 30th of each year.
A total of 60 university-level credits with an overall cumulative grade point average of 2.0 is required to complete this program. Of those 60 credits, 30 must be completed at UFV. Thirty-three credits must be in Arts chosen from the following list of subjects:
- 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, theatre, and visual arts.
Of the remaining 27 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.
Liberal Arts diploma students must consider the following in making their course selection:
- Access to seats in some courses may be limited due to course prerequisites and/or seats reserved for students in specific programs or majors.
- Students considering a teaching career should be aware that not all disciplines or programs are recognized for professional certification. As teacher education programs are professional programs, students should seek advice regarding course selection from the educational advisors in Students Services or from the institution which they plan to attend.
Students planning to continue on to complete the Bachelor of Arts degree offered by the College of Arts are advised to take courses to satisfy their choices within the following requirements: Breadth, Writing, Reasoning, Lab Science, Humanities, and Social Sciences, and to follow the discipline requirements of their chosen major, extended minors, or minor program(s).
30 university-level credits from at least five subject areas. No more than 12 credits from any one subject area can be used to satisfy this requirement.
Three credits from:
• ENGL 105
• ENGL 210 or CMNS 155
• ARTS 100 (see Note)
Note: ARTS 100 meets both the writing requirement and the reasoning requirement.
One of PHIL 100 or ARTS 100 (see Note 1), or at least three credits from each list:
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AH 205, 316
CMNS 251, 360
ENGL 150, 364
THEA 201, 453
GEOG 241, 452
PSYC 202 (see Note), 408
SOC 255/ANTH 255/MACS 255
Note: This requirement may be met by PSYC 210 if previously completed.
Laboratory Science requirement
Four credits from:
Astronomy 103 or 104
• BIO 100-level or higher
CHEM 100-level or higher
GEOG 101, 102, 103, or 116
KPE 163 or 170
PHYS 100-level or higher
PSYC 202 (see Note)
Note: This requirement may be met by PSYC 210 or PSYC 220 if previously completed.
Six credits from:
English 108 or higher
Interdisciplinary courses (see Note)
Philosophy 100 or higher
Note: Interdisciplinary courses are determined by an Arts Advisor.
Social Science requirement
Six credits from:
Criminal Justice (see Note 1)
Geography 105, 111, 130 or higher
• Global Development Studies
Interdisciplinary courses (see Note 2)
Latin American Studies
Media and Communication Studies
• Women's Studies
Note 1: Please contact an Arts Advisor for details regarding acceptable criminal justice courses.
Note 2: Interdisciplinary courses are determined by an Arts Advisor.
University-level elective credit(s), to bring total credits to 60.
Note: Students should choose their electives according to the degree they may be pursuing. Please refer to the appropriate section of the calendar for details.
Other Arts diplomas
The following diplomas are also available at UFV:
Fashion Design diploma
Graphic and Digital Design diploma
Visual Arts diploma
For complete details on courses, please consult the appropriate
category in the course descriptions section.