2016-17 Calendar

Associate of Arts Degree

Admission Requirements

Regular Applicants: A regular applicant will be a secondary graduate or a secondary school student, or its equivalent, who has or who will complete the requirements for senior secondary graduation, or its equivalent, not less than one month prior to commencement of classes for the semester to which admission is sought - either fall or winter. The following minimum entrance requirements will apply to regular applicants:

  • B.C. secondary graduation, or equivalent.

  • English 12 with minimum 60% or alternatives.

Students with a passing grade of less than 60% in English 12, English 12 First Peoples or TPC 12 will be admissible to the first year of the Associate of Arts Degree, subject to the following conditions:

  1. Registration is restricted to courses for which the student satisfies the prerequisites. Registration in first-year English courses is, therefore, prohibited.

  2. Successful completion of the English entrance requirements within the first year of studies. This may be done in one of the following ways:

    • Successful completion of English 12, English 12 First Peoples or TPC 12 or an equivalent course with a minimum grade of 60%. This may be done concurrently through the College's Adult Basic Education Program or by completing an equivalent course through a distance education program.

    • Writing the LPI and obtaining a score of at least 24/40 (level 4).

Mature Applicants: A mature applicant will be at least 19 years of age and will not have attended secondary school on a full-time basis for a minimum period of one year.

Secondary graduation is waived for mature applicants. The English entrance requirements, as stated above, must be satisfied prior to admission. Admission may be granted on the condition that the entrance requirements will be completed prior to the commencement of classes for the semester to which admission is sought - either fall or winter.

Transfer Students: Students who transfer to Okanagan College may be eligible for transfer credits towards an Okanagan College Associate of Arts degree, Associate of Science degree or a General Studies diploma for work successfully completed at another recognized institution.

Requirements for the Associate of Arts Degree

The Associate of Arts Degree is granted upon completion of 60 credits of prescribed study (below). Students with an Associate of Arts Degree if admitted to BC universities are guaranteed full transfer credit (60 credits) for the work done for their Associate Degree.

In two B.C. universities (SFU and UNBC), students with an Associate of Arts Degree will be offered priority admission to the Faculty of Arts (subject to a minimum GPA determined by the university). Check the BC Council on Admissions and Transfers website for updated information on BC Associate degrees at http://www.bctransferguide.ca.

Courses used to complete the Okanagan College Associate of Arts Degree must also have transfer credit to one other BC university (Simon Fraser University, University of British Columbia, University of Northern British Columbia, University of Victoria).

No course may be used to meet more than one of the specific requirements.

The Associate of Arts Degree is granted upon completion of the following course requirements with a minimum grade average of 60% for all courses counting towards the degree.

Six (6) first-year English Literature credits from:
, or ENGL 153
**)
** Students with credit for ENGL 100 may not take ENGL 199 for further credit. (Students planning to transfer to UBC Vancouver are advised to complete ENGL 199.)
Nine (9) Science credits including three (3) credits of MATH, COSC or STAT and three (3) credits in a lab science course. Of the three (3) credits of lab science and for purposes of the Associate of Arts Degree, students select from the following non-exclusive list, and should be mindful in their program development that not all courses will be offered at every campus in every academic year:
Of the three (3) credits of MATH, COSC or STAT and for purposes of the Associate of Arts Degree, students must select from the following:
Students should consult the BCCAT transfer guide and the calendar of their destination institution to determine whether the courses indicated with a * will be granted transfer credit and will be accepted for credit toward a Bachelor of Arts degree.
Thirty-six (36) credits in Arts including six (6) credits in the Social Sciences and six (6) credits in the Humanities.
Nine (9) credits in Arts, Science or other university-transferable courses.
Humanities include English, Fine Arts (excluding FINA 201 and 202), French, German, History, Japanese, Mandarin, Philosophy and Spanish. Social Sciences include Anthropology, Communications, Criminology, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Women's Studies, and Geography courses that are not lab science courses.
Note: Of the thirty-six (36) credits in Arts required for the Associate of Arts Degree, eighteen (18) must be from 200-level courses and from two or more subject areas.

Associate of Arts Degree: Discipline Emphasis

In meeting the above requirements, the Associate of Arts Degree can be structured by students to reflect emphasis on a particular discipline from options outlined below. Students are advised to verify with the appropriate Department Chair that the specific course offerings will be offered within a two-year cycle if students intend to complete the Associate Degree in two years.

The following emphases are available at Okanagan College.

Communications Emphasis

As a means of satisfying all of the requirements outlined above for an Associate Arts Degree, students must complete specific Communications courses. Specifically, as part of the Associate of Arts Degree requirements, students must complete:
CMNS 100 Introduction to Communications
CMNS 110 Introduction to Mass Communication
And twelve (12) credits of 200-level Communications

Crosscultural Studies Emphasis

As a means of satisfying all of the requirements outlined above for an Associate of Arts Degree, students must complete specific Anthropology, Geography, English and Modern Language courses. Specifically, as part of the Associate of Arts Degree requirements, students must complete:
ANTH 121 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 170 Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology
ANTH 213 Women in Cross-cultural Perspective
ANTH 270 Phonology
GEOG 117 Introduction to Human Geography I
GEOG 127 Introduction to Human Geography II
ENGL 222 Studies in International Literature in English
And six (6) credits of Modern Languages (French, German, Spanish or Japanese)

Economics Emphasis

As a means of satisfying all of the requirements outlined above for an Associate of Arts Degree, students must complete specific Economics courses. Specifically, as part of the Associate of Arts Degree requirements, students must complete:
ECON 115 Principles of Microeconomics
ECON 125 Principles of Macroeconomics
And twelve (12) credits of 100/200-level Economics

English Emphasis

As a means of satisfying all of the requirements outlined above for an Associate of Arts Degree, students must complete specific English courses. Specifically, as part of the Associate of Arts Degree requirements, students must complete:
18 credits of ENGL from first and second year, 9 of which must be from second year. Including:
At least one of:
ENGL 211 Survey of English Literature I
ENGL 221 Survey of English Literature II
ENGL 233 Studies in American Literature
At least two other second-year literature courses:
ENGL 210 Women in Literature
ENGL 212 Studies in Children's Literature
ENGL 213 Studies in British Literature
ENGL 215 Studies in Reading Film
ENGL 222 Studies in International Literature in English
ENGL 223 Studies in Canadian Literature
ENGL 225 Studies in Drama
ENGL 231 Studies in Popular Narrative
ENGL 233 Studies in American Literature
ENGL 236 Studies in Indigenous Literature in Canada
ENGL 237 Studies in Nature Writing
Up to one of:
ENGL 100 University Writing
ENGL 199 Arts Studies in English
ENGL 203 Studies in Composition
Up to one of:
ENGL 116* Introduction to Creative Writing I
* Or, with the permission of the department, a different creative writing course such as ENGL 126, 216, 217, 218, 219 or 220.
Students who earn an English emphasis in the Associate of Arts are deemed to have completed the provincial English Flexible Pre-Major, which enables students to be admitted into the third year of an English major at universities across the province (subject to a competitive GPA).
Please note: Not all courses are available on all campuses every year. Check with the department chair to confirm the availability of courses. Students intending to pursue an English major at UBC should complete ENGL 211 and 221 to demonstrate historical coverage.

Environmental Studies Emphasis

As a means of satisfying all of the requirements outlined above for an Associate of Arts Degree, students must complete specific Geography and Earth and Environmental Science courses and a breadth of 200-level arts courses. Specifically, as part of the Associate of Arts Degree requirements, students must complete:
Six (6) credits of introductory Physical Geography or Earth and Environmental Science (one of the following pairs):
GEOG 111 Introduction to Physical Geography: Climate & Vegetation
GEOG 121 Introduction to Physical Geography: Water & Landscapes
or
EESC 111 Earth and Environmental Science
EESC 121 Natural History of the Earth
Six (6) credits of introductory Human Geography (one of the following pairs):
GEOG 128 Human Geography: Space, Place and Community
GEOG 129 Human Geography: Resources, Development and Society
or
GEOG 117 Introduction to Human Geography I
GEOG 127 Introduction to Human Geography II
Twelve (12) credits of 200-level courses chosen from the following list:
ANTH 245 Culture and the Environment
ECON 271 Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
ENGL 232 - International Language in English Literature II
ENGL 237 Studies in Nature Writing
INDG 202 Okanagan Concepts and Frameworks
GEOG 205 Geographical Hydrology
GEOG 210 Introduction to Environmental Issues
GEOG 217 Regional Geography of British Columbia
GEOG 222 Geomorphology
GEOG 224 The Canadian Landscape
GEOG 250 Introduction to Urban Geography
GEOG 272 Introduction to Cartography, GIS and Remote Sensing
WMST 222 Eco-Feminism

History Emphasis

As a means of satisfying all of the requirements outlined above for an Associate of Arts Degree with an emphasis in History, students must complete specific History courses. Specifically, as part of the Associate of Arts Degree requirements, students must complete:
Eighteen (18) credits of History, including a minimum of six credits of 200-level History

Modern Language Emphasis - French

As a means of satisfying all of the requirements outlined above for an Associate of Arts Degree with an emphasis in French, students must complete specific courses in French. Specifically, as part of the Associate of Arts Degree requirements, students must complete:
ANTH 170 Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology
FREN 112 French Language and Literature I
FREN 122 French Language and Literature II
FREN 211 Advanced French Language and Literature I
FREN 221 Advanced French Language and Literature II
And six credits in French chosen from:
FREN 210 Introduction to French Literature I: Before 1800
FREN 215 Second Year Oral French Practice I
FREN 220 Introduction to French Literature II: Since 1800
FREN 225 Second-Year Oral French Practice II

Modern Language Emphasis - German

As a means of satisfying all of the requirements outlined above for an Associate of Arts Degree with an emphasis in German, students must complete specific courses in German. Specifically, as part of the Associate of Arts Degree requirements, students must complete the following courses:
ANTH 170 Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology
GERM 111 Introductory German I
GERM 121 Introductory German II
GERM 201 Oral Expression III
GERM 202 Oral Expression IV
GERM 211 Intermediate German I
GERM 221 Intermediate German II

Modern Language Emphasis - Spanish

As a means of satisfying all of the requirements outlined above for an Associate of Arts Degree with an emphasis in Spanish, students must complete specific courses in Spanish. Specifically, as part of the Associate of Arts Degree requirements, students must complete the following courses:
ANTH 170 Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology
SPAN 111 Spanish I
SPAN 121 Spanish II
SPAN 211 Spanish III
SPAN 221 Spanish IV
SPAN 203 Oral Expression I
SPAN 204 Oral Expression II

Philosophy Emphasis

As a means of satisfying all of the requirements outlined above for an Associate of Arts Degree, students must complete specific Philosophy courses. Specifically, as part of the Associate of Arts Degree requirements, students must complete:
PHIL 111 Introduction to Philosophy I
PHIL 114 Introduction to Logic and Critical Thinking I
PHIL 121 Introduction to Philosophy II
PHIL 124 Introduction to Logic and Critical Thinking II
And six (6) credits of 200-level Philosophy from:
PHIL 211 Ethics
PHIL 222 Knowledge and Reality
PHIL 240 Social and Political Philosophy

Women's Studies Emphasis

As a means of satisfying all of the requirements outlined above for an Associate of Arts Degree, students must complete specific Women's Studies courses. Specifically, as part of the Associate of Arts Degree requirements, students must complete:
Six (6) credits of Women's Studies, and
Twelve (12) credits of 200-level Women's Studies

Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) Emphasis

As a means of satisfying all of the requirements outlined above for an Associate of Arts Degree, students must complete specific Philosophy, Political Science and Economics courses. Specifically, as part of the Associate of Arts Degree requirements, students must complete:
Six (6) credits of 100/200-level Economics
Six (6) credits of 100/200-level Philosophy
Six (6) credits of 100/200-level Political Science

Political Science Emphasis

As a means of satisfying all of the requirements outlined above for an Associate of Arts Degree, students must complete specific Political Science courses. Specifically, as part of the Associate of Arts Degree requirements, students must complete:
POLI 101 Introduction to Politics
POLI 111 The Government of Canada
And twelve (12) credits of Political Science at the 200-level or higher

Psychology Emphasis

As a means of satisfying all of the requirements outlined above for an Associate of Arts Degree, students must complete specific Psychology courses. Specifically, as part of the Associate of Arts Degree requirements, students must complete:
PSYC 111 Introduction to Psychology: Basic Processes
PSYC 121 Introduction to Psychology: Personal Functioning
And twelve (12) credits of 200-level Psychology

Sociology Emphasis

As a means of satisfying all of the requirements outlined above for an Associate of Arts Degree, students must complete specific Sociology courses. Specifically, as part of the Associate of Arts Degree requirements, students must complete:
SOCI 111 Introduction to Sociology I
SOCI 121 Introduction to Sociology II
And twelve (12) credits of 200-level Sociology

Studies in Resistance and Revolution Emphasis

Please note: These courses will be available beginning September 2017.
This Associate of Arts degree Emphasis in Resistance and Revolution, offered exclusively at the Salmon Arm campus, is a program that will expose students to the variety of ways that people around the world have contested and continue to contest social, political, colonial, and economic orders. This interdisciplinary program will focus not only on dramatic and large-scale social movements and revolution, but also on small-scale, grass-roots efforts aimed at affecting change. Important topics will include the application of critical theories of race, class, gender, and sexuality as well as social movement theories and cultural critique.
As a means of satisfying all the requirements outlined above for an Associate of Arts Degree, students must complete:
IDST 101 - Resistance and Revolution in the Colonial Period
IDST 102 - Resistance and Revolution in the Neocolonial Period
IDST 201 - Strategies of Resistance and Revolution
IDST 202 - Praxis of Resistance and Revolution
And six (6) credits of 200-level Humanities and/or Social Sciences with substantial content related to resistance and revolution.
Prior to registration, students must receive approval for course selections from the IDST Department Chair, or campus designate, in order to ensure graduation requirements can be met for the Resistance and Revolution Emphasis.

Program Area:

Arts (University Studies)

Campus (Intake):

  • Distance (Jan, Mar, May, Sep, Nov)
  • Vernon (Jan, Sep)
  • Penticton (Jan, Sep)
  • Salmon Arm (Jan, Sep)
  • Kelowna (Jan, May, Jul, Sep)

Credential:

Associate Degree

Delivery:

  • Distance/Online
  • Part-Time
  • Full-Time

Cost:

2016-17: $4,148.14

  • Fees listed are for first year (two semesters) for a typical, full-time student taking 10 courses (8 lecture-based courses and 2 course with lab components). Depending on the campus and the courses selected fees may vary. 
  • Fees include all mandatory fees: Activity fee, Health & Dental, Student Association fee, Education Technology fee, Development fee.
  • All amounts are approximate and are subject to change.
  • International students will pay International tuition fees

Notes:

Department Website

Okanagan College Calendar: Printed 07/23/2016