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Applied Bachelor of Arts: Community Research and Evaluation

Okanagan College offers a four-year Applied Bachelor of Arts degree, located at the Kelowna campus with limited course offerings at Salmon Arm, Vernon and Penticton campuses. This baccalaureate degree provides graduates with employable skills in applied research and an understanding of how the social sciences and liberal arts actively contribute to a culturally diverse sustainable society. Developed for the context of the southern interior of B.C., this program includes studies of regional Indigenous cultures and prepares graduates for direct contributions to local and regional issues. Through contextualized learning, the goal of the degree is to provide applied research skills within a context of liberal arts studies and applied social science, emphasizing an empirical orientation to understanding, to application of knowledge, and to intervention. Characterized by the strengths of a terminal degree that produces employable skills, this degree can also prepare students for admission to selective graduate studies programs. All graduates of this applied degree program will be ready for today's job market through mastery of higher-order analytical skills and techniques for applied research. Practical related field experience is a central component of the applied degree education.

This degree enables students to develop competencies in academic and professional writing, qualitative and quantitative analysis, critical thinking skills, ethics, applied research, program evaluation, multi-disciplinary world views, and languages other than English (including regional First Nations' languages). Students will complete field experience (a practicum, field placement or co-operative education program in the fourth year) as well as a capstone project that will tie academic studies to relevant local and regional issues. The degree program develops and maintains scholastic strengths in students, requiring a minimum of 55% in each course counting toward the degree and a minimum cumulative grade average of 60% for all courses taken while in the program. For students seeking direct entry into the Master of Social Work Foundational Two-Year Track graduate studies program at UBC Okanagan, in addition to these degree requirements a minimum grade average of 76% in the upper level courses counting toward the degree is required.

Community Research and Evaluation

A community research focus of the Applied Bachelor of Arts degree provides students with pathways to applied social service work or potential for transition to graduate studies at UBC Okanagan. Students will be granted an Applied Bachelor of Arts: Community Research and Evaluation (ABA-CRE) degree upon completion of the following:

Admission Requirements

Regular Applicants:

Regular applicants have B.C. high school graduation (or equivalent) completed or are currently enrolled in Grade 12.

Academic Requirements:

B.C. high school graduation (or equivalent), including satisfaction of the English entrance and Mathematics entrance requirements. The English entrance requirement is completion of English 12 with a minimum grade of 70%. Equivalent English 12 alternatives can be accessed at this link.

Applicants who have passed English 12 with a minimum grade of less than 70% may be admitted if they take Okanagan College Adult Basic Education English 012 concurrent to other courses in their first semester in the degree program.

The Mathematics entrance requirement is a minimum of 50% in any of Pre-calculus Grade 12, Principles of Mathematics 12, or Adult Basic Education MATH 012. Students without this Mathematics entrance requirement may be granted conditional admission if they satisfy the entrance requirement with OC MATH 012 in their first year in the degree program. Conditional admission students will be unable to register for any course where MATH 012 is a prerequisite until such time as the Mathematics entrance requirement is satisfied.

Mature Applicants:

Applicants shall be eligible for consideration for admission under the mature applicant category if they are at least 21 years old and have been out of full-time high school study for at least three years. The English and Mathematics entrance requirements for students admitted as mature applicants must be satisfied with successful completion of ENGL 012 concurrent to other courses in their first semester in the degree program, and successful completion of MATH 012 in the first year of study at Okanagan College. Students must satisfy these English and Math requirements to retain standing in the degree program.

Program Outline

Year One Course Requirements (30 credits)
Required Foundation courses (24 credits)
3 credits of Anthropology:
ANTH 121 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
6 credits of English or Communications:
ENGL 100 University Writing
ENGL 153 Critical Writing and Reading: Narrative
CMNS 112 Professional Writing I
CMNS 122 Professional Writing II
3 credits of Interdisciplinary Studies (one of):
GSWS 100 Introduction to Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies
GSWS 215 Gender and Popular Culture
3 credits of Philosophy:
PHIL 114 Introduction to Logic and Critical Thinking I
6 credits of Psychology:
PSYC 111 Introduction to Psychology: Basic Processes
PSYC 121 Introduction to Psychology: Personal Functioning
3 credits of Sociology:
SOCI 111 Introduction to Sociology I
Elective Foundation Courses (6 credits)
3 credits of Science (one of):
BIOL 112 Evolution and Ecology
COSC 180 Multimedia Computing
3 credits from the following (one of):
ECON 210 Women and the Economy
GEOG 128 Human Geography: Space, Place and Community
POLI 111 The Government of Canada
SOCI 202 Introduction to Social Problems
SOCI 203 Canadian Social Issues
Year Two course requirements (30 credits)
Required Foundation courses (27 credits)
3 credits of Anthropology:
ANTH 222 Indigenous Peoples of the BC Interior
6 credits of First Nations/Indigenous Language:
FNIL 110 Indigenous Regional Languages I
FNIL 120 Indigenous Regional Languages II
6 credits of Indigenous Studies:
INDG 201 Okanagan Indigenous Peoples' History
INDG 202 Okanagan Concepts and Frameworks
6 credits of research skills:
PSYC 260 Introduction to Research Methods and Design
PSYC 270 Statistics and Data Analysis
6 credits of Social Work:
SOCW 200A An Introduction to Social Work Practice
SOCW 200B An Introduction to Social Welfare in Canada
Elective Courses
3 credits from the following (one of):
ANTH 212 Indigenous Peoples of BC Coast
SOCI 202 Introduction to Social Problems
SOCI 203 Canadian Social Issues
PHIL 211 Ethics
PHIL 240 Social and Political Philosophy
PHIL 241 Contemporary Moral Issues
Year Three Course Requirements (30 credits)
Required Courses (24 credits)
9 credits of Social Work:
SOCW 309 Interview & Assessment Skills
SOCW 320 Case Management and Transition to Field Placement
SOCW 321 Social Policies: Protection and Welfare of the Child and Family
3 credits of Political Science:
POLI 219 Canadian Public Administration
6 credits of Psychology:
PSYC 348 Evidence-Based Practice: Therapies
PSYC 365 Qualitative Methods & Analysis
3 credits of Professional Ethics (one of):
PHIL 411 Professional Ethics
IDST 400 Professional Codes of Ethics
3 credits of Sociology (one of):
SOCI 202 Introduction to Social Problems
SOCI 203 Canadian Social Issues
Elective Courses:
6 credits from the following (two of):
ANTH 212 Indigenous Peoples of BC Coast
IDST 200 Psychosocial Cultural Challenges Across the Lifespan
PHIL 211 Ethics
PHIL 240 Social and Political Philosophy
PHIL 241 Contemporary Moral Issues
PSYC 242 Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 341 Theory of Personality
Year Four Course Requirements (30 credits)
Required Courses (21 credits):
9 credits of field experience:
ARTS 498 Field Placement
6 credits of Capstone Project:
ARTS 499 Capstone Project
3 credits of Program Evaluation
PSYC 470 Program Evaluation
3 credits of Social Work
SOCW 410 Individual and Environmental Intervention
Elective Courses (9 credits)
Upper-level electives (300 or 400-level courses in Arts)*
*Note: From the required and elective courses of this degree program, students will have met upper elective course prerequisites in Communications, selective courses in English, Interdisciplinary Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology and Social Work. Other areas' upper-level courses may require additional course prerequisites or permission of the relevant department.

Graduation Requirements

To receive an Applied Bachelor of Arts: Community Research and Evaluation a student must earn at least 120 credits as prescribed in the degree program outline. A minimum Cumulative Grade Average of 60% is required to be eligible for graduation with the ABA degree, and only course grades of 55% or greater will contribute to the credits necessary for graduation.

Residency Requirements

Students who transfer to Okanagan College may be eligible for a maximum of 75 transfer credits toward the Applied Bachelor of Arts at Okanagan College while meeting all graduation requirements for the degree program. Students must complete a minimum of 33 credits at the 300- or 400-level at Okanagan College to receive an OC Applied Bachelor of Arts. Courses granted transfer credit must have been completed within 10 years of the student's commencement in the ABA.degree program. Students with a baccalaureate level credential recognized by Okanagan College may receive up to 60 credits toward the applied degree and are not subject to the within 10 years transfer rule.

Program Area:

Arts (University Studies)

Campus (Intake):

  • Vernon (Jan, Sep)
    Not all courses offered
  • Penticton (Jan, Sep)
    Not all courses offered
  • Salmon Arm (Jan, Sep)
    Not all courses offered
  • Kelowna (Jan, Sep)
    Entire program at this campus




  • Distance/Online
  • Full-Time


2022-23: $4,566.17

  • 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


This program is student loan eligible.

Please note, the first and second years of the program are offered fully at all campuses as are requirements for the completion of the fourth year field placement and capstone project.  However, the program can only be completed in full in Kelowna.

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Okanagan College Calendar: Printed 12/10/2022