Undergraduate Programs
University Diploma in Arts
Regulations amended, effective September 1, 2009

The University Diploma in Arts is designed for students who wish to obtain an intermediate credential that provides a grounding in the intellectual skills required of university studies. It is also a foundation for further studies in Humanities and Social Science. Athabasca University has developed program learning outcomes that describe the career options that may be available to you upon graduating. Students complete the program regulations in effect at the time of their enrolment.

Students who have completed a more senior-level credential (e.g., bachelor degree) may not enrol in the University Diploma in Arts program.

  Diploma Requirements  
  Total credits in the program 60
  Minimum Credits Required  
  Senior (300 or 400 level ) courses 30
  Arts (Humanities and Social Science) 48
  Humanities 12
  Social Science 12
  Science area 6
  Through AU 24
  Graduation with Distinction or Great Distinction. At least 24 credits must be obtained through Athabasca University in order to be considered. 24
  Maximum Credits Allowed  
  In any one discipline 36
  Applied Studies 6
  Science 12
  At the preparatory level 6
  Note: The 100-level ENGL courses will not satisfy the Humanities area of study requirement in the University Diploma in Arts program. These courses may count, however, as part of the total number of credits required for the diploma. Refer to English Writing Skills Requirement below.
  The following courses can satisfy either the Social Science area of study or the Science area of study requirements, but not both. Students wanting to use these courses to satisfy the Science area of study requirements must call Admissions and Evaluations Services and request the change upon completion of the course.
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 obtained credit for PSYC 404 may not take 304.


  Note: English Writing Skills Requirement Students must meet the following English writing skills requirement in order to graduate:
hold credit in ENGL 255;

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.

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