BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

Associate of Arts Degree- General Arts

Program Delivery Location: Merritt, Vancouver
Credential: University Transfer
Format: Full-Time, Part-Time
Start Dates: September, January

Associate of Arts Degree- General Arts

An Associate of Arts Degree in General Arts is awarded to recognize the successful completion of the equivalent of two years of full-time study. It requires 60 credits as described below. An overall GPA of 2.33 is required. Transfer credit may be granted for approved courses completed at other institutions. Upon successful completion, students can transfer to a University into their desired Arts or Education majors.


Grade 12 graduation with a C+ minimum in the following

  • English 12 (or ENGL 060)

  • Pre-Calculus 11 (or Math 051)

Year 1
Students are required to successfully complete the 30 credits prescribed below: Elective English UT 100 Level 3 Elective Lab Science UT 100 or 200 Level 3
  • ADMN-165 - Introduction To Computing Systems
  • CMSC-109 - Computer Applications
  • ENGL-110 - English Composition
  • ENGL-111 - Introduction to Modern Fiction
  • STAT-203 - Introduction to Statistics for the Social Sciences
  • STSC-101 - Strategies for Success
  • Year 2
    Upon completion of Year 1, students are required to successfully complete 30 credits as prescribed below:
  • 18 elective credits at the 200 level
  • 12 elective credits at the 100/200 level
  • *credits must be fully transferable

    Course Listing for this program

    ADMN-165 - Credits: 3.000
    Introduction To Computing Systems
    Introduction to Computing Systems explains how computer systems, comprised of hardware and software, work. Computing systems are used as a tool, and are intended to increase operation efficiencies in business. Having a clear understanding of computing systems is important to those who often work with limited resources. In addition to enabling the student in understanding how to implement and utilize computing systems, this course will review examples of how computing systems and information technology have been used in economic development. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: COMP 050 / or equivalent or permission of the instructor.
    CMSC-109 - Credits: 3.000
    Computer Applications
    The course is intended to provide practical skills for the academic usage of computers. Basic concepts and terminology will also be covered. At the end of this course the student will be able to use computers to some common problems found in both the academic community and Aboriginal communities and organizations. Students will have a basic knowledge of computer hardware, office applications and internet technologies. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: or Instructor Permission
    ENGL-110 - Credits: 3.000
    English Composition
    English 110 prepares students to write successful college essays. This course focuses on the writing process. Students will learn how to develop, organize, write, revise, document, and edit essays. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: ENGL 060 / or English 12 or English Studies 12 and/or English First Peoples 12 or permission of instructor.
    ENGL-111 - Credits: 3.000
    Introduction to Modern Fiction
    This course is designed to introduce students to the world of fiction (short stories and novels) through a variety of First Nations and western texts. Students will explore the meaning of literature through subjective experiences and objective study of literary concepts in an interactive atmosphere. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: ENGL 110 / or permission of instructor.
    STAT-203 - Credits: 3.000
    Introduction to Statistics for the Social Sciences
    This is an introduction course into the discipline of statistics with an emphasis upon applications within the social sciences. The course provides students with an overview of statistical methods that includes scales, measures of central tendency, frequency distributions, normal distributions, sample distributions, hypothesis testing (also known as significance testing), variability, probability, z-scores, analysis of variance, estimation, and linear regression and correlation. The student will learn to apply these descriptive and inferential statistical methods in interpretations of data and analyses of behavioural research pertaining to the social sciences. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: MATH 057 / or Foundations of Math 11. Please note Math 059 or Pre-Calculus 11 is recommended
    STSC-101 - Credits: 3.000
    Strategies for Success
    This course introduces students to higher learning and academic culture. Students will explore a variety of topics that will help them connect to resources that will aid in their student success, including test-taking strategies, note-taking, time management, research, student responsibilities and ethics, learning styles, and setting educational goals that will contribute to lifelong learning. In addition, students will connect with other academic supports like the Librarian and Student Success Centre and have access to Elders who will introduce learners to some Indigenous cultural traditions to help students maintain a healthy balance during their studies. More Details on this course

    Current Course Offerings

    01 = Merritt Campus
    V1 = Burnaby Campus

    Spring 2024 (January - April)

  • CMSC-109-V1
  • ENGL-110-01
  • ENGL-111-01
  • ENGL-111-V1
  • STAT-203-01
  • STSC-101-V1
  • Summer 2024 (May - August)

  • STAT-203-V1
  • Fall 2024 (September - December)

  • ENGL-110-V1
  • STSC-101-01
  • STSC-101-V1
  • Summer 2025 (May - August)

  • STAT-203-V1

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