Liberal Arts (Diploma)

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Humanities & Social Sciences
Interdisciplinary HSS
Length of Program
Four semesters
Credential Type
New Westminster
Learning Format
Admission Type
Open Enrolment - General Admission Requirements


The Liberal Arts Diploma Program provides students with a breadth of intellectual and academic experience, while recognizing the importance of concentrated study in a specific field or discipline. This program requires a total of 60 university-transferable credits, at least 15 of which must be completed at Douglas College, and at least 33 credits must be from Arts and Humanities subjects.

The Liberal Arts Diploma addresses the needs of students pursuing educational or career goals in the arts, humanities or social sciences. The diploma may serve as an educational goal or as an intermediate qualification for those completing further degrees at Douglas College or elsewhere.

Admissions Requirements


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Program Requirements

Curriculum Framework

Graduation Reguirements For Students Completing By Summer 2023:

  • Successful completion of 60 credits
  • 25% (15 credits) of all coursework must be completed at Douglas College
  • All courses must be University Transferable
  • Time limit to complete program graduation requirements: seven (7) years

Graduation Reguirements For Students Completing After Summer 2023:

  • Successful completion of 60 credits
  • 50% (30 credits) of all coursework must be completed at Douglas College
  • All courses must be University Transferable
  • Graduate in Good Academic Standing (Cumulative GPA of 1.50 – See Academic Performance Policy)
  • Time limit to complete program graduation requirements: seven (7) years

**A University Transferable course is a course that transfers to one of the Research Universities - SFU, UBC (UBCV or UBCO), UNBC, or UVIC in the BC Transfer Guide.

General Course Requirements:

At least 33 credits must be from Arts and Humanities subjects, chosen from the following list:

  • Anthropology
  • Communications (excluding CMNS 1099)
  • Creative Writing, Criminology
  • Economics
  • English (excluding ENGL 1099)
  • Gender, Sexualities and Women's Studies
  • Geography
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Legal Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Modern Languages
  • Music
  • Performing Arts
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Print Futures
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Stagecraft and Event Technology
  • Theatre 

Specific Course/Area Requirements:

  1. Breadth requirement: 30 university-level credits from at least five subject areas. No more than 12 credits from any one subject area can be used to satisfy this requirement.
  2. Writing requirement: One of ENGL 1130 or ENGL 1200, or CMNS 1110, CMNS 1111 or CMNS 1115
  3. Reasoning requirement: Either PHIL 1101 or PHIL 1201; or at least three credits from list A and three credits from list B:
  4. Laboratory Science requirement:  One university-level laboratory science course of at least three credits.  (See an Academic Advisor for eligible courses.)
  5. An additional six credits from each of the following lists:
    • List A:
      Chinese; Communications (excluding 1099); Creative Writing; English (excluding 1099); French; Gender, Sexualities and Women's Studies; German; History; Interdisciplinary Studies; Japanese; Mathematics; Music; Performing Arts; Philosophy; Print Futures;Humanities; Spanish; Theatre; Stagecraft and Event Technology 
    • List B:
      Anthropology; Criminology; Economics; Geography; Geology (excluding 1130, 2201 and 2320);Interdisciplinary Studies; Political Science; Psychology; Sociology


Note: Students planning to transfer to a program at another post-secondary institution should choose their optional courses according to the requirements of that program. Students planning to continue on to obtain any Bachelor of Arts degree must also complete the lower-division requirements for their major. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that all program requirements are met. This should be done by regular consultation with a Student Success Advisor.

Program Guidelines

Program Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this program and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the program, consider the previous version as the applicable version.


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Liberal Arts

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