Bachelor of Arts
(Three years—90 credits)
Regulations effective September 1, 2008

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


The three-year Bachelor of Arts program 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 an additional year of study 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.

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

  English writing skills requirement

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 other institutions.

Enrolment Restriction

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

Program Plans

Our online program plans can assist you in selecting the courses needed to fulfill your program requirements.

Counselling Services offers an assessment website, "Mapping Your Future: Your Career and Athabasca University." Athabasca University has also developed program learning outcomes that describe the career options that may be available to you upon graduating.

Degree Conversion Provision

The degree conversion provision is available to Athabasca University students who have been awarded a three-year AU degree and wish to convert to a four-year degree.

  Degree Conversion Provision Policy

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  
Political Science Concentration  
Psychology Concentration  
Sociology Concentration  
Women Studies Concentration  

English Writing Skills Requirement

In order to graduate, students must meet the following English writing skills requirement:


hold credit in ENGL 255 (Students are strongly encouraged to register in ENGL 255 early in their program.);

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

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

pass the Alberta Universities Writing Competence Test.*
* This option may not be available after Sept. 1, 2009. Please contact an AU advisor to confirm.


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
(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
  In the Arts (Humanities and Social Science) 66
   • Humanities 12
   • Social Science
  Science 6
  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 requirements for either the Social Science area of study or the Science area of study, not both. If you want the course to satisfy the Science area of study, complete the course and request Admissions and Evaluation Services to make the change.

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 may not take PSYC 304.

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