Two-year associate degree
Career possibilities: Graduates learn strong critical thinking and research skills and are well-prepared for positions in business, journalism, law, federal and provincial government, education and academic careers.
There are no formal admission requirements for the Associate of Arts degree. However, courses will have specific entry requirements called prerequisites, which are listed under each course description. To meet prerequisite requirements, submit transcripts or complete English and/or Math assessments.
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The following overview describes the general requirements for an Associate of Arts degree. However, choosing the right combination of courses will depend on a number of factors. Our educational advisors will work with you to personalize these general requirements to meet your goals.
Students are responsible for selecting only courses that are eligible for the Associate of Arts degree. See "eligible associate degree courses" below.
Students may complete a general Associate of Arts degree, or work with an educational advisor to develop a study plan focused in one of the following subject areas:
Consider including: ENG-107, ENG-108, ENG-109, ENG-115, ENG-117 and ENG-160. Two of ENG-207, ENG-208, ENG-209, or ENG-214.
Consider including: ANT-150, ANT-151, and 9 credits of 200-level anthropology courses.
Consider including: CRM-101, CRM-131, CRM-135, CRM-230; HIS-260, MAT-115; one of PHI-100 or PHI-150; POL-151, PSY-130, PSY-131, PSY-260; SOC-110, SOC-111, SOC-220, SOC-230.
Consider including: BIO-170, BIO-171, BIO-241; ENG-125, ENG-126; FNS-160, FNS-200; MAT-190, MAT-191; SOC-130, and WST-110.
Consider including: 6 credits of 100–level history courses, and 9 credits of 200-level history courses.
Consider including: 6 credits 100-level French and/or Spanish courses and/or Chinese courses, and 9 credits 200-level French and/or Spanish courses.
North American Studies
Consider including: HIS-112, POL-109; 6 credits of French or Spanish; BUS-152 or BUS-162.
Consider including: 6 credits of 100-level Philosophy courses, and 9 credits of 200-level Philosophy courses.
Consider including: 6 credits of 100-level political science courses, and 9 credits of 200-level political science courses.
Consider including: PSY-130, PSY-131, and 9 credits of 200-level psychology courses.
Consider including: SOC-110, SOC-111, and 9 credits of 200-level sociology courses.
Consider including: WST-100, WST-101, HIS-250, HIS-251, and 6 credits chosen from ENG-224, ENG-225, PSY-245, WST-260.
The following university transfer courses are eligible for credit toward completion of the Associate of Arts degree:
Arts (includes both Humanities and Social Sciences)
Costs indicated are estimates for a 100% course load per year, unless otherwise noted. Additional fees may also include necessary equipment, supplies, NIC appointed uniforms, or field trips not included in these estimates.
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PhD, Roman Frontiers (University of Newcastle upon Tyne, 1992)
PhD, Psychology (UBC, 1977)
MA, Educational Psychology (University of British Columbia, 1987)
MA, Research Psychology, with distinction (University of Pretoria, 2007)
Master of Arts, Integrated Studies, (Athabasca University)
PhD, History (University of North Carolina, 1993)
MA in Philosophy (McMaster University, 1999)
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MA, English Literature (McGill University, 1997)
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MA in History (Simon Fraser University, 1987)
PhD in Sociology and Equity Studies (University of Toronto, 2013)
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