Bachelor of Arts
(3 years—90 credits)
Regulations effective September 1, 2004

Students complete the program regulations in effect at the time of their enrolment.


The three-year Bachelor of Arts, both as a general degree and with concentrations, is widely respected across Canada and the US. While the three-year degree program is not geared to provide students with direct access to graduate level studies (often a “make-up” or additional year is required) it is a highly marketable credential.

Students who are currently enrolled in the four-year Bachelor of Arts degree and who wish to transfer to the three-year degree program, may find it is not possible to transfer all their completed courses because of degree requirements.

Enrolment Restriction

Students who hold a previous degree may not enrol in the three-year degree program. If, after completing any three- or four-year degree, students wishing to pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree will be required to enrol in the BA second undergraduate (four-year) degree program. This degree requires a minimum of 60 credits.

Students are strongly encouraged to register in ENGL 255 early in their program. However, the Alberta Universities Writing Competence Test may be used to indicate competence in English writing skills.

Athabasca University advisors have developed a program plan to assist you. Counselling Services offers an assessment Web site, "Mapping Your Future: Your Career and Athabasca University."

Bachelor of Arts Degree with Concentration
(3 years—90 credits)
  Requirements in addition to the general program requirements for the three-year BA with Concentration.
BA Anthropology Concentration  
BA English Concentration  
BA French Concentration  
BA History Concentration  
BA Humanities Concentration  
BA Information Systems Concentration  
BA Labour Studies Concentration  
BA Political Economy Concentration  
BA Psychology Concentration  
BA Sociology Concentration  
BA Women Studies Concentration  

English Writing Skills Requirement

Students must meet the following English writing skills requirement in order to graduate:


pass the Alberta Universities Writing Competence Test. (For information about this test contact an Athabasca University learning Centre. Refer to Section 8.5.5. Learning Centres);



hold credit in ENGL 255 (ENGL 255 will not satisfy the Humanities area of study. It will, however, count as part of the total number of credits required for the degree);


have a grade of B- (70 percent) or better in an Athabasca University English course above the preparatory (100) level;


receive transfer credit for an English course in which a grade of B- or better was achieved.

Bachelor of Arts degree (3 years—90 credits)

  Program Structure  
  Total credits in the program 90
  Minimum Credits Required
  At the senior (300 or 400) level 54
  Arts (Humanities and Social Science) 66
  Humanities 12
  Social Science 12
  Through Athabasca University 30
  Maximum Credits Allowed
  In any one discipline
  Applied Studies and/or Science 24
  At the junior (200) level 36
  At the preparatory (100) level
  At the junior level in one discipline 15
Through Prior Learning Assessment and
Recognition (PLAR)
Up to 30 PLAR credits are allowed if you choose the Labour Studies concentration.  

Course Notes

The following courses can satisfy either the Social Science area of study or the Science area of study requirements, but not both. To use these courses to satisfy the Science area of study requirements, students must call Admissions and Evaluations Services, on completion of the course, and request the change.

ENVS/GLST 253 Global Environmental Change: The Scientific and Social Issues (3)
PSYC 289 Psychology as a Natural Science (3)
PSYC 355 Cognitive Psychology (3)
PSYC 387 Learning (3)
PSYC 402 Biological Psychology (3)
PSYC 404 Experimental Psychology (3)

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