Bachelor of Arts
(Three years—90 credits)
Regulations effective September 1, 2005

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


The three-year Bachelor of Arts program, as a general degree or with a concentration, is a well-respected credential in Canada and the United States. While the three-year degree program is a highly marketable credential, it is not aimed at providing students with direct access to graduate level studies. Often a “make-up” or additional year is required to achieve that academic goal.

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. If, after completing any three- or four-year degree, you wish to pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree, you will be required to enrol in the BA second undergraduate (four-year) degree program. This degree requires a minimum of 60 credits. Students complete the program regulations in effect at the time of their enrolment.

You are strongly encouraged to register in ENGL 255 early in your program. The Alberta Universities Writing Competence Test may be used to indicate competence in English writing skills (see below).

Classroom Setting

In addition to completing this degree through online and distance learning, students have the option to take Bachelor of Arts courses in a classroom setting at Grande Prairie Regional College (Grande Prairie, AB) or Mount Royal College (Calgary, AB). Refer to Section 9.3 for more information.

Enrolment Restriction

Students who hold a previous degree must enrol in the Bachelor of Arts four-year degree program.

Program Plans

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."

Degree Conversion Provision

Effective Sept 1, 2005, students who have been awarded a three-year Athabasca University (AU) degree may convert from the three-year into the four-year program in the same concentration.

You must complete the program regulations in effect at the time of your enrolment into the four-year program degree. If you follow the conversion regulations and obtain your four-year degree, it will replace your three-year degree. You will be considered to have one four-year degree only.

Students who have completed a three-year degree that is now closed, may enrol in the four-year program. In these circumstances, considerably more than one year of study may be required. The degree conversion provision is available to three-year AU program graduate students only. Graduates of other institutions must follow the second undergraduate degree regulations. If you choose to convert your three-year degree, please complete and submit a General Application Form.   The appropriate courses that you completed in the three-year degree will be applied to the four-year degree. Admissions and Evaluations Services will notify you of the remaining courses required to complete your new degree.

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.
Anthropology Concentration  
English Concentration  
French Concentration  
History Concentration  
Humanities Concentration  
Information Systems Concentration  
Labour Studies Concentration  
Political Economy Concentration  
Psychology Concentration  
Sociology Concentration  
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 8.12. 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
  Residency requirement. A minimum of 30 credits must be obtained through Athabasca University.
Maximum Prior Learning Assessment and
Recognition (PLAR) credits
* A maximum of 30 PLAR credits are allowed if you choose the Labour Studies concentration.  
  Minimum Credits Required
  At the senior (300 or 400) level 54
  Arts (Humanities and Social Science) 66
  Humanities 12
  Social Science 12
  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

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 304 Research Methods in Psychology *
*Students who have taken PSYC 404 are not required to take 304.

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