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Liberal Arts

Faculty: Humanities & Social Sciences
Credits: 60.0
Length: Four semesters
Campuses: Coquitlam, New Westminster
Credential: Diploma
Admission Type: Open enrolment
Learning Format: Full-time, Part-time
Offered: Fall, Summer, Winter
program overview
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.
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:
  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 an Academic Advisor.

career transfer pathways
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.
admission requirements

Applicants must meet the admission requirements listed below:

program cost

You can get an average cost for your program - tuition and student fees, books, uniforms, lab fees etc - on the Program Cost page. 

Only programs approved for student loan funding are listed on the Program Cost page. For all other programs, refer to the Tuition Fee page.

curriculum 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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