The Faculty of Arts requires all students to complete specific graduation requirements. Please note: students do not need to complete these requirements before transferring to UBC. However, most students complete many of the requirements in their first and/or second year, particularly English 100, which must be completed within your first 60 credits.

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General Information:

  • All applicants to UBC must demonstrate competency in the English language.  There are nine ways to meet the English language requirements.  Click here to determine which category applies to you. 
  • Students must ensure that all the courses they are planning to take are transferrable to UBC by referring to the BC Transfer Guide
  • Students may receive some transfer credit for certain university-level high school courses. See here

Useful links when using this course planning worksheet:

UBC Degree Requirements (UBC Arts Calendar) 
UBC General and Program-Specific Transfer Requirements
Important Dates and Deadlines
BC Transfer Guide

BA Degree Requirements

Langara Equivalents

Prerequisite & Course Information

(3 credits)


  • ENGL 100


  • WRDS 150




  • ENGL 1100


  • ENGL 1123
  1. 1. LET (min. level 3 or 4) or LPI equivalent or BC English 12, minimum 80% grade with a provincial exam required as a prerequisite.
  2. Langara students can apply to UBC without completing the writing requirement; however, the writing requirement must be completed within the first 54 credits of their degree.
  3. Students must complete a 3 credit research-intensive course between 30 and 120 credits of an Arts Degree. This research component is fulfilled at UBC, after students declare their major, typically in 3rd year.

(3 credits)

See here for a list of approved courses



  1. Students must also complete a research-intensive experience, typically specified for their major
  2. These UBC courses are normally offered at the 400-level. There are often prerequisites and are frequently restricted to Majors in the discipline. See UBC advisor

(0-12 credits)


  • FREN 1115 & 1215
    FREN 1117 & 1217 
  • SPAN 1115 & 1215
  • LATN 1115 & 1117
    LATN 2225 & 2227 
  • JAPN 1115 & 1215
    JAPN 1117 & 1217 
  • CHIN 1115 & 1215
    CHIN 1117 & 1217 
  • GREK 1115 & 1215
  1. Students who have completed a language to the Grade 10 level, or have not completed any language, must complete 12 credits of a language.
  2. Students who have completed a language to the Grade 11 level, must complete a further 6 credits of the same language or 12 credits of a new language.
  3. Students who have completed a language to the Grade 12 level, have completed the UBC language requirement.
  4. Students who have a proficiency in an approved second language may contact the Academic Advising Office at UBC to arrange for a competency exam.

(6-8 credits)


  • BIOL
  • CHEM
  • MATH
  • PHYS
  • STAT
  • CPSC
  • ASTR 1101, 1102
  • GEOG 1180, 1190
  • GEOL 1110, 2207, 2215
  • NUTR 2112 & 22121
  1. Students may choose any two of the courses listed to complete the UBC BA science requirement. For course descriptions and prerequisites, check the Langara calendar.


Important: Students should also be sure to refer to the UBC "Credit Exclusion List" to ensure that their transferrable courses are not part of this list, as credit will only be awarded for "one" (not both) of the UBC equivalent courses listed.

(6 credits)


  • ENGL 1129
  • ENGL 2223
  • ENGL 2224
  • ENGL 2225
  • ENGL 2234
  • ENGL 2235
  • ENGL 2237

Note : There are a number of other courses at UBC, other than English, that satisfy the BA literature requirement. Consult the UBC Arts Literature Requirement for more options.

Outside Requirement


Students must complete a minimum number of credits outside the field of study of their specialization(s) or major (similar to a Breadth requirement).


Honours or Combined Major

Double Major, Double Honours or Adding a Minor


60 outside credits required

48 outside credits required

24 outside credits required

See link for more details.

Arts Credit Minimum Requirement


  1. A minimum of 72 of the 120 credits required for the Bachelor of Arts degree program must be Arts credit, except when the completion of the student’s specialization(s) requires more than 48 credits outside of Arts. See UBC Credit Requirements and Regulations for more details.
Arts Credit is defined by subject area. Credit completed in subject areas identified in the UBC Calendar course descriptions as being offered by the Faculty of Arts, as well as transfer credit in those subjects, is considered Arts Credit.


Course Planning Guides for programs within UBC Faculty of Arts




Interdisciplinary Studies

Art History

International Relations

Asian Area Studies


Asian Language & Culture

Latin American Studies

Canadian Studies


Classical Studies



Medieval Studies

Cognitive Systems


Commerce (Minor)

Political Science

Computer Science



Religion, Literature and the Arts


Religious Studies

First Nations Language & Linguistics



Speech Sciences


U.S. Studies


Gender, Race, Sexuality & Social Justice

Hispanic Studies

For additional programs and degree options, click here.


1. NUTR 2112 (3) + 2212 (3) for a total of 6 credits is equivalent to UBC's FNH 255 (3) credits.


These Course Planning documents are created by the Langara College Counselling Department and are intended for use only as a guide. UBC's requirements are subject to change, and it is the student’s responsibility to consult original sources to ensure accuracy.


Updated Sep 2022