Curriculum Guideline

Liberal Arts

Effective Date:
Program Code
Humanities & Social Sciences
Humanities & Social Sciences
Credential Type
Transcript Title
Liberal Arts Diploma
Date of First Offering
Start Term
End Term
Diploma in Liberal Arts
Length of Program
Four semesters
Admissions Requirements

Applicants must meet the admission requirements listed below:

Curriculum Framework

Graduation Reguirements:

  • Successful completion of 60 credits
  • 25% (15 credits) of all coursework must be completed at Douglas College
  • All courses must be University Transferable

**A University Transferable course is a course that transfers to one of the 5 Research Universities - SFU, UBC, UBCO, UNBC, UVIC according to 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:
  • Laboratory Science requirement:  One university-level laboratory science course of at least three credits.  (See an Academic Advisor for eligible courses.)
  • 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 an Academic Advisor.