Undergraduate Programs
Bachelor of Professional Arts Common Core Courses (12 credits)
Regulations effective September 1, 2009

To Bachelor of Professional Arts program.

  Program Structure  
  Total credits in the program 120
  Enrolment requirement 60
  Minimum Credits Required beyond the College Diploma  
  Core courses 12
  Major and elective and/or option courses 48
  Total 60
  Residency requirement: A minimum of 30 credits must be obtained through Athabasca University 30
  Graduation with Distinction or Great Distinction. At least 24 credits must be obtained through Athabasca University in order to be considered. 24
  Within the Degree Students are Required to Earn for Degree Completion  
  Senior (300/400) level 48
  400 level 18
  Maximum credits allowed at junior (200) level 12

  BPA Common Core Courses  
A 200-level writing course or English literature course, e.g.,
  ADMN 233 Writing in Organizations or
ENGL 211 Prose Forms or
ENGL 255 Introductory Composition  



A 200-level university critical and analytical thinking course, e.g.,  
  PHIL 252 Critical Thinking  (3)
A senior (300/400) level professional ethics course, e.g.,
  PHIL 333 Professional Ethics  (3)
A research methods or statistics course (see "Note" following) , e.g.,  
  SOSC 366 Research Methods in the Social Sciences or  
  CMNS 308 Understanding Statistical Evidence or  
  CMNS 333 Research Methods in Communication Studies (in development) or  
  MATH 215 Introduction to Statistics or  
  MATH 216 Computer-Oriented Approach to Statistics (3)
A research methods course taken to fulfill this requirement of the core may not also be counted towards a major in Criminal Justice or Communication Studies. Communications Studies students are strongly advised to choose either CMNS 308 or CMNS 333 to meet the research methods requirement. If CMNS 308 or CMNS 333 is counted towards the core course requirement, it will not be counted towards the major electives requirement. Similarly, if SOSC 366 is chosen, it will count either as a core course or an elective course. As well, a statistics course taken to fulfill this requirement may not be counted towards a major in Governance, Law, and Management.

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