Bachelor of Arts Degree Framework


KPU’s Bachelor of Arts Degree programs offer an integrated educational experience that helps students develop an appreciation for the relationships among personal, societal, and global well-being, and the personal implications for such issues as the basis of ethical judgment, social diversity, and the expectations of social responsibility. Students will develop skills to apply effective research, writing, and oral skills to problem-solve and develop into innovative, critical and creative thinkers.

Students can create a Bachelor of Arts Degree from a variety of majors and minors that meet their specific interests and goals, and which will prepare them for a wide range of careers after graduation. All BA Degree students will gain valuable skills that are required in today’s changing labour market including communication skills, critical thinking skills, research skills, problem-solving skills, personal management skills and time management skills.

The following Majors offered by the Faculty of Arts adhere to the Bachelor of Arts Degree Framework:

  • Anthropology
  • Asian Studies
  • Creative Writing
  • Criminology (also: Honours)
  • Community Criminal Justice
  • Double Minor
  • Double Major
  • English
  • Geography, Applied
  • History
  • Journalism (also: Honours)
  • Philosophy (also: Honours)
  • Policy Studies
  • Political Science
  • Psychology (also: Honours)
  • Sociology

Admission Requirements

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts Degree must be admitted to the Faculty of Arts.

Declaration Requirements

Students declaring a Bachelor of Arts Major or Minor must satisfy common as well as area-specific declaration requirements. See Declaration Requirements for individual areas of study.

Curricular Requirements

The following core requirements are to be completed for all Bachelor of Arts Degree Programs:


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Students need only achieve a passing grade to fulfill this requirement.  Students who can demonstrate competency in a second language may request an assessment to have this requirement waived.


The BA core requirements are not exclusive of program requirements - i.e. particular courses used to fulfill the Bachelor of Arts core requirements may also be used to fulfill requirements for major and minor programs.


A Double Major as part of a Bachelor of Arts degree consists of the completion of the requirements of each of two specific majors within a single baccalaureate degree with no limitation on the sharing of courses between majors. Conditions for Minor programs are outlined in the Framework for Minors.

Credential Awarded

Upon successful completion of this program, students are eligible to receive either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Arts (Honours). Transcripts will indicate majors and/or minors in a specific field of study.

Note: Students may not earn an Honours credential or obtain additional major or minor designations for a credential that has already been awarded. All declarations must be made prior to graduation.

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