VIU’s BA Degree students

Bachelor of Arts (BA), Honours, Majors, and Minors

Bachelor Degree

  • Program Length 
    4 Years
  • Credential 
    Bachelor Degree
  • Location Offered 
    Cowichan, Nanaimo

Dear future thought-leaders, poets, historians, social-changers, justice fighters, social entrepreneurs and CEOs: your Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree awaits. If you have a passion for writing, debating, questioning and above all – learning – join VIU’s most customizable program and tailor your experience to hone in on the subjects that matter most to you as a Honours Bachelor of Arts, Major or Minor student.

The skills gained from a BA are vast and apply to many different fields. VIU's BA degree graduates go on to successful careers in many different areas, or continue into post-graduate studies equipped with critical thinking, communication, problem-solving, and leadership skills with a social and cultural perspective that is arguably unparalleled by any other program.

The BA Degree Program

Students select at least one Honours, one Major, or two Minors from the above disciplines.

General Description

VIU’s Bachelor of Arts degree, with selected Honours, Majors, and Minors, builds on VIU’s strong record of arts undergraduate education, dating back to 1969. Graduates of VIU have gone on to graduate schools and professional schools at major universities, while others have used their degree to enter successful careers.

At the lower-level, Vancouver Island University offers courses in some 50 disciplines and interdisciplinary studies. At the upper-level, the B.A. program offers selected Honours, Majors, and Minors, and new ones are being planned.

A liberal arts education is both valuable in itself and as a foundation for a wide variety of careers. Given its range and flexibility, the B.A. degree provides a sound preparation for both employment and further education. Students who may be interested in graduate studies should arrange to write a Graduate Record Exam (GRE) after their third year for some graduate school programs. Students are advised to consult graduate school calendars for specific entrance requirements.

Program Outline

Degree Planning

By the end of their first year, students should consult with one of the B.A. Degree Advisors to discuss their plan to satisfy the degree requirements, including the options (Honours/Majors/Minors) they intend to pursue.

Institutional B.A. Degree Requirements

To be granted a VIU B.A. degree, students must meet the following requirements.

Total Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 120 credits chosen from courses that (a) are numbered 100 or higher; and (b) do not have a “T” or a “G” after the course number.

Note 1: Courses consisting primarily of field work, co-op placement, or preceptorship/internship are not normally eligible for selection within this category.

Note 2: As a complement to all institutional B.A. Degree Requirements, students are encouraged to take six credits or more of Mathematics/Science courses.

Note 3: Students who completed “T” courses should consult with the B.A. Degree Advisor regarding applicability of these courses.

Undergraduate Degree English Requirements

All students in undergraduate degree programs at VIU are required to complete 6 credits of first-year English composition and literature courses.

* In the following Bachelor of Arts, Majors and Minors, students with a minimum "B+" in ENGL 115 are granted an exemption and are not required to complete any further credit towards the English requirement.

Upper-level Requirement

A minimum of 42 VIU credits in courses numbered 300 or higher, with a minimum 2.0 (“C”) Grade Point Average calculated on all upper-level courses attempted or completed. If such a course has been repeated,grades from all attempts will be included in the calculation.

Residency Requirement

A minimum of 60 credits must be taken at VIU and, of these, 21 credits must be at the upper-level. With the approval of the relevant Dean and under exceptional circumstances (e.g., for partnership programs), the minimum of 60 credits may be reduced by up to 18 credits. With the approval of the relevant Dean, courses taken as part of an official VIU exchange program may be considered “resident.”

Requirements for Honours, Majors and Minors

In addition to general degree requirements described above, students complete at least one Honours with a minimum of 42 upper-level VIU credits or one Major with a minimum of 30 upper-level VIU credits specifically aligned to the area of academic inquiry, or two Minors with a minimum of 18 upper-level VIU credits from each area of academic inquiry. Departments may require additional upper-level credits for some Honours or Majors. Students must satisfy all of the requirements for their Honours, Major or Minors as listed in the description for each discipline.

Note: When selecting electives to meet departmental requirements for Honours, Majors and Minors, please see descriptions for each department..

Honours programs

Honours programs have all the requirements for a Major, plus an additional 12 credits (minimum) in the discipline which are normally taken in lieu of electives.  These additional credits are typically made up of a methods/theory course at the upper-level, and include a graduating essay or major project (where such courses and projects are not already required for the Major). Individual departments shall specify the courses that meet this additional requirement for students within their Honours program.

Senior Project

A senior project is “optional” for certain Majors; students are encouraged to plan their senior project during third year and to schedule its completion during fourth year. Each senior project will have a designated project supervisor, who will assist the student to identify the resources required to complete the project successfully.

Updated 
Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Admission Requirements

Notes on Admission

  • Students may enter VIU at any point prior to the beginning of their third year.
  • No more than 60 credits may be transferred from elsewhere towards a VIU B.A.
  • In their first two years, students should choose courses with their intended Major and/or Minors in mind.
  • Concurrent B.A. or B. Sc./B.Ed. students should also consider the lower-level requirements for Education when selecting courses during their first two years.

Start Date and Application Deadline

Programs start in September and applications are accepted between the first business day in October and March 31. For further information regarding late applications and contact information check the Program Availability List.

Domestic Fees | International Fees

Domestic Fees

Tuition Fee Schedule

When applying to the program, applicants will be charged a non-refundable application fee.

When applying to graduate, students will be charged a non-refundable graduation and alumni fee.

Some courses have additional fees to pay for extraordinary class–related expenses.

Fees for One Year*

Amount

Tuition (30 credits x $147.76 per credit)

4,432.80

Student Activity fee (4% of tuition)

177.31

Student Services fee (30 credits x $6.53 per credit)

195.90

VIU Students' Union fee (8 months x $19.43 per month)

155.44

Health and Dental Plan fee ($275 per year)

275.00

Approximate cost for books and supplies for one year

1,500.00

Total

6,736.45

Notes

The Health and Dental Plan fee is in effect only for full–time students at the Nanaimo Campus.  

All fees are subject to change without prior notice.

International Fees

Tuition Fee Schedule

When applying to the program, applicants will be charged a non-refundable application fee.

When applying to graduate, students will be charged a non-refundable graduation and alumni fee.

Some courses have additional fees to pay for extraordinary class–related expenses.

Fees for One Year*

Amount

Tuition (2 semesters x $7620 per semester)

15,240.00

Ancillary Fee (2 semesters x $374.4 per semester)

748.80

VIU Students' Union fee (8 months x $19.43 per month)

155.44

Health and Dental Plan fee ($275 per year)

275.00

Approximate cost for books and supplies for one year

1,500.00

Total

17,919.24

Notes

The above table is based on 15 credits or less per semester. Additional fees of $635.00 per credit will be applied if taking more than 15 credits per semester.

The Health and Dental Plan fee is in effect only for full–time students at the Nanaimo Campus.  

All fees are subject to change without prior notice.

Updated
Sunday, April 1, 2018
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