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Associate of Arts Degree Framework


The Associate Degree is designed to provide an educational experience that prepares students for work, citizenship and an enriched life as an educated person, and to lay a solid foundation for further study.

The associate degree curriculum comprises two years of post-secondary level study in a variety of academic areas. Students are required to complete a broad range of course offerings balanced with in-depth study in specific disciplines. Since many students will continue their studies, the requirements are sufficiently flexible to enable students to plan their educational program carefully and to complete the required prerequisites for third year course work at KPU or another BC university. Students will be exposed to concepts, theories and modes of inquiry in the humanities, the social sciences and the sciences to develop:

In addition, the program of study should develop and improve those skills and abilities essential for academic success at an advanced intellectual level. These may be taught in some courses, embedded in the curriculum of others, or achieved through class participation and the learning process. These include but are not limited to:

KPU offers Associate of Arts degrees in the following concentrations:

  • Anthropology
  • Asian Studies
  • Canadian Studies
  • Creative Writing
  • Criminology
  • Economics
  • English
  • General Studies
  • Geography
  • History
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

Transfer to a Bachelor of Arts Program

Students can apply to KPU's Bachelor of Arts degree programs with a complete Associate of Arts degree. Students are encouraged to complete key degree requirements to be awarded priority access to 3000 and 4000 level courses in their area of specialization. Completion of an Associate of Arts degree does not guarantee admission. See Program Admission Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts for more information.

Students who graduate with an Associate of Art degree in order to transfer to a BC institution to complete their degree studies are awarded 60 transfer credits at the receiving institution. Students are strongly encouraged to obtain program information from the appropriate transfer institution to ensure all first and second year program requirements are met within their Associate of Arts program. Completion of an Associate of Art degree does not guarantee admission.

Students are responsible for ensuring their courses are transferable to other receiving institutions by checking the online transfer guide from the BC Council on Admission and Transfer at www.bccat.ca.

Program Admission Requirements

General university admission requirements apply to this program including the undergraduate-level English Proficiency Requirement.

Program Requirements

Students are required to complete 60 semester credit hours of first and second year courses with a minimum grade of 'C' in all courses. These must include a minimum of 21 credits in Arts at the second-year level taken in two or more subject areas.

Specific Requirements

* Does not fulfill the science requirement at KPU or elsewhere for Science majors.
† Arts courses include all courses offered by the Faculty of Arts and all ECON courses. Areas designated as Social Sciences and Humanities are for the purposes of this Framework only.

Students intending to transfer elsewhere should check whether courses designated as Arts, Humanities, or Social Sciences at KPU fulfill the same area criteria at their destination institution.

Course Numbering

With the exception of all Adult Basic Education (ABE), Post-Secondary Program Readiness (PSP) courses, and ENGQ 1099, MATQ 1092, MATQ 1093, CHEQ 1094, courses numbered 1000–1999 are primarily first year undergraduate courses. Courses numbered 2000–2999 are primarily second year. Students may follow this as a guideline when choosing their courses for the Associate of Arts degree. However, there are some exceptions to this rule. Below is a list of 1000 level courses that may be used for second year credit.

Credential Awarded

Upon successful completion of this program, students are eligible to receive an Associate of Arts degree in their chosen subject area.

Last Updated: Jul 4, 2014

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