Associate of Arts Degree

Start your degree at NIC and receive two years (60 credits) of transfer credit toward any BC university. Learn strong critical thinking and research skills sought after by employers as you study anthropology, English, history, modern language (Chinese, French and Spanish), philosophy, political science, sociology and more.

 

Where: College Wide
Starts: September, January
Tuition: $2,965 approx

NIC challenged me to think bigger, providing me tools to help me get to where I am today.

James Flawith, Associate of Arts degree alumnus and 2018 Top 20 Under 40 Community Achievement Award recipient.

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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.

Associate of Arts Degree - General Requirements

Students are responsible for selecting only courses that are eligible for the Associate of Arts degree. See "eligible associate degree courses" below.

  • 6 credits in first year English
  • 9 credits in Science, including:
    • 3 credits in mathematics, computer science or statistics
    • 3 credits in a laboratory science
    • 3 additional credits in Science
  • 36 credits in Arts (which must include a minimum of 18 credits at the second-year level in two or more subject areas) including:
    • 6 credits in the Social Sciences
    • 6 credit in Humanities (excluding English)
    • 24 additional credits in Arts
  • 9 credits in Arts, Science or other areas

Completion Requirements

  • Students must achieve an overall average grade of C (cumulative GPA of 2.0) calculated on all courses counting toward the associate degree. No course may be used to meet more than one of the specific associate degree requirements.

 

Sample Study Plans

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: 

English
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.

Anthropology
Consider including: ANT-150, ANT-151, and 9 credits of 200-level anthropology courses.

Criminology
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.

First Nations
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.

History
Consider including: 6 credits of 100–level history courses, and 9 credits of 200-level history courses.

Modern Languages
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.

Philosophy
Consider including: 6 credits of 100-level Philosophy courses, and 9 credits of 200-level Philosophy courses.

Political Science
Consider including: 6 credits of 100-level political science courses, and 9 credits of 200-level political science courses.

Psychology
Consider including: PSY-130, PSY-131, and 9 credits of 200-level psychology courses.

Sociology
Consider including: SOC-110, SOC-111, and 9 credits of 200-level sociology courses.

Women’s Studies
Consider including: WST-100, WST-101, HIS-250, HIS-251, and 6 credits chosen from ENG-224, ENG-225, PSY-245, WST-260.

Eligible Associate Degree Courses

The following university transfer courses are eligible for credit toward completion of the Associate of Arts degree:

Arts (includes both Humanities and Social Sciences)

Humanities

  • Chinese: CHN-101, CHN-102
  • Education: EDU-101, EDU-102
  • English: ENG-107, ENG-108, ENG-109, ENG-115, ENG-117, ENG-120, ENG-121, ENG-125, ENG-126, ENG-160, ENG-202, ENG-203, ENG-207, ENG-208, ENG-209, ENG-212, ENG-213, ENG-214, ENG-215, ENG-216, ENG-224, ENG-225, ENG-230, ENG-260 
  • Fine Arts: FIN-100, FIN-101, FIN-110, FIN-111, FIN-115, FIN-120, FIN-121, FIN-130, FIN-131, FIN-135, FIN-140, FIN-145, FIN-205, FIN-206, FIN-210, FIN-211, FIN-215, FIN-220, FIN-221, FIN-235, FIN-236, FIN-245, FIN-246, FIN-250 
  • First Nations Studies: FNS-160, FNS-200
  • French: FRE-100, FRE-101, FRE-120, FRE-121, FRE-145, FRE-146, FRE-265, FRE-266, FRE-281 
  • History: HIS-111, HIS-112, HIS-120, HIS-121, HIS-122, HIS-130, HIS-135, HIS-205, HIS-210, HIS-215, HIS-216, HIS-220, HIS-225, HIS-231, HIS-232, HIS-250, HIS-251, HIS-260
  • Interactive Media: IMG-102, IMG-103, IMG-105, IMG-110, IMG-208, IMG-209, IMG-214, IMG-215, IMG-220
  • Liberal Studies: LIB-130, LIB-131, LIB-210, LIB-250
  • Media Communications: MCS-110, MCS-130, MCS-200, MCS-280
  • Philosophy: PHI-100, PHI-101, PHI-150, PHI-211, PHI-220, PHI-230, PHI-240, PHI-260
  • Spanish: SPN-100, SPN-101, SPN-200, SPN-201

Social Sciences

  • Anthropology: ANT-150, ANT-151, ANT-250, ANT-251, ANT-252, ANT-253, ANT-260, ANT-290, ANT-291, ANT-292
  • Criminology: CRM-101, CRM-131, CRM-135, CRM-220, CRM-230, CRM-241, CRM-251 
  • Economics: ECO-110, ECO-111, ECO-245, ECO-270
  • Equity and Social Justice: ESJ-100, ESJ-101
  • Geography: GEO-105 LAB, GEO-106 LAB, GEO-111, GEO-112, GEO-200, GEO-209, GEO-210, GEO-211, GEO-214, GEO-205, GEO-206 LAB, GEO-215, GEO-220
  • Human Services: HSW-160, HSW-192
  • Political Science: POL-109, POL-111, POL-119, POL-151, POL-200, POL-201, POL-203, POL-209
  • Psychology: PSY-130, PSY-131, PSY-202, PSY-204, PSY-215, PSY-235, PSY-245, PSY-250, PSY-251, PSY-260
  • Sociology: SOC-110, SOC-111, SOC-130, SOC-210, SOC-212, SOC-220, SOC-230, SOC-240
  • Social Service: SSW-120, SSW-122 
  • Women's Studies: WST-100, WST-101, WST-110, WST-260

Sciences

  • Biology: BIO-102 LAB, BIO-103 LAB, BIO-110 LAB, BIO-111 LAB, BIO-160 LAB, BIO-161 LAB, BIO-170 LAB, BIO-171 LAB, BIO-200 LAB, BIO-201, BIO-202, BIO-211 LAB, BIO-215, BIO-230 LAB, BIO-240 LAB, BIO-241, BIO-260, BIO-261
  • Chemistry: CHE-103 LAB, CHE-104 LAB, CHE-110 LAB, CHE-111 LAB, CHE-200 LAB, CHE-201 LAB
  • Computer Science: CPS-100, CPS-101, CPS-109, CPS-146, CPS-151, CPS-160, CPS-165, CPS-208, CPS-215, CPS-221, CPS-235, CPS-236, CPS-246, CPS-251, CPS-262, CPS-268, CPS-270
  • Geography: GEO-105 LAB, GEO-106 LAB, GEO-206 LAB
  • Mathematics: MAT-102, MAT-115, MAT-133, MAT-151, MAT-162, MAT-163, MAT-181, MAT-182, MAT-190, MAT-191, MAT-200, MAT-210
  • Physics: PHY-100 LAB, PHY-101 LAB, PHY-120 LAB, PHY-121 LAB, PHY-141 
  • Space Science and Astronomy: SSA-100 LAB, SSA-101 LAB

Business

  • BUS-100, BUS-132, BUS-150, BUS-152, BUS-162, BUS-170, BUS-200, BUS-211, BUS-217, BUS-221, BUS-222, BUS-244, BUS-255, BUS-260, BUS-261, BUS-262, BUS-264, BUS-268, BUS-280, BUS-290, BUS-292, BUS-293, BUS-312, BUS-335

Admission Requirements

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.

Upgrade with us to meet prerequisites

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International Language Requirements

For international language requirements click here.

International students must meet NIC international admission requirements.

To Be Successful

  • Your first and most important step as a university transfer or associate degree student is to call, email, or visit an educational advisor at your nearest NIC campus or centre. Educational advisors have extensive knowledge of programs, funding options, career paths and post-secondary transfer agreements and will help you get started on the right track.
  • You are responsible for selecting only courses that are eligible for the Associate of Arts degree. Always review your study plan with an educational advisor before registering in courses.
  • NIC also offers high school-level upgrading options if you need help meeting prerequisites for entry into individual courses.
  • If you intend to transfer your associate degree as credit toward a four-year degree, review the Steps to University Transfer on the NIC website.

Alix Carrel

Alix Carrel

Department Chair, Faculty

Humanities & Social Sciences

PhD, Comparative Literature and Languages (University of Paris, 2004)

Subjects: French, Spanish
alix.carrel@nic.bc.ca
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4158 | Location TYE - 218

Jim Anderson

Jim Anderson

Faculty

Humanities & Social Sciences

PhD, Roman Frontiers (University of Newcastle upon Tyne, 1992)

Subjects: Anthropology, History, Liberal Studies
Jim.Anderson@nic.bc.ca
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4227 | Location DIS - 223
Campbell River Campus 250-923-9700


Michael Catchpole

Michael Catchpole

Faculty

Humanities & Social Sciences

PhD, Psychology (UBC, 1977)

Subjects: Psychology
michael.catchpole@nic.bc.ca
Port Alberni Campus 250-724-8713 | Location CEN - 207

Yiling Chow

Yiling Chow

Faculty

Humanities & Social Sciences

MA, Educational Psychology (University of British Columbia, 1987)

Subjects: Psychology
yiling.chow@nic.bc.ca
Port Alberni Campus 250-724-8706
Port Alberni Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4159

Anne Cumming

Anne Cumming

anne.cumming@nic.bc.ca
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4153 | Location TYE - 220

Sue de Bruin

Sue de Bruin

Faculty

Humanities & Social Sciences

MA, Research Psychology, with distinction (University of Pretoria, 2007)

Subjects: Psychology

Richelle Gardiner-Hynds

Richelle Gardiner-Hynds

Department Chair, Faculty

Applied Business Technology, Humanities & Social Sciences

Master of Arts, Integrated Studies, (Athabasca University)

Subjects: Applied Business Technology, History, Women's Studies
richelle.gardiner-hynds@nic.bc.ca
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4159 | Location TYE - 214
Campbell River Campus 250-923-9707

Daniel Hinman-Smith

Daniel Hinman-Smith

Faculty

Humanities & Social Sciences

PhD, History (University of North Carolina, 1993)

Subjects: History, Liberal Studies
Dan.Hinman-Smith@nic.bc.ca
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4024 | Location VLG - G06

Judy Johnson

Judy Johnson

judy.johnson@nic.bc.ca
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4072 | Location VLG - F1

Jeffrey Lawrence

Jeffrey Lawrence

Faculty

Humanities & Social Sciences

MA in Philosophy (McMaster University, 1999)

Subjects: Philosophy
jeff.lawrence@nic.bc.ca
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4030


Bill McConnell

Bill McConnell

Faculty

Humanities & Social Sciences

PhD in Counselling Psychology (University of Calgary, 1993)

Subjects: Criminology, Psychology
bill.mcconnell@nic.bc.ca
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4160 | Location TYE - 221

Erin McConomy

Erin McConomy

Faculty

English

MA, English Literature (McGill University, 1997)

Subjects: English
erin.mcconomy@nic.bc.ca
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5082 | Location DIS - DisLib
Campbell River Campus 250-923-9760

Peter McGuire

Peter McGuire

Faculty

English

MA in English Literature(University of Alberta, 1990)

Subjects: English
peter.mcguire@nic.bc.ca
Port Alberni Campus 250-724-8714

Mac Newton

Mac Newton

mac.newton@nic.bc.ca
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4152 | Location TYE - 219

Sheree-Lee Powsey

Sheree-Lee Powsey

shereelee.powsey@nic.bc.ca
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4155 | Location TYE - 222

Steve Schoenhoff

Steve Schoenhoff

stephen.schoenhoff@nic.bc.ca
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5094 | Location DIS - 211

Antonie Scholtz

Antonie Scholtz

Faculty

Humanities & Social Sciences

PhD in Sociology and Equity Studies (University of Toronto, 2013)

Subjects: Political Science, Sociology
Antonie.Scholtz@nic.bc.ca
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 | Location VLG - F3
Campbell River Campus 250-923-9700
Port Alberni Campus 250-724-8700

Linda Sheehan

Linda Sheehan

Faculty

Humanities & Social Sciences

MA in Geography (University of Victoria)

Subjects: Geography
linda.sheehan@nic.bc.ca
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4031


Nick Van Orden

Nick Van Orden

Nicholas.VanOrden@nic.bc.ca
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4189 | Location DIS - 213
Campbell River Campus 250-923-9700
Port Alberni Campus 250-724-8711

Jen Wrye

Jen Wrye

Faculty

Humanities & Social Sciences

PhD in Sociology (Carleton University)

Subjects: Sociology
Jen.Wrye@nic.bc.ca
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5030
Campbell River Campus 250-923-9700

Program Highlights

Explore anthropology, criminology, English, First Nations, history, modern languages (Chinese, French and Spanish), North American studies, philosophy, political science, psychology, sociology and women's studies, as well as electives in math and sciences.
 
Associate degrees are offered at many colleges and universities throughout BC. They recognize successful completion of 60 credits of study, which is approximately 20 courses. With full-time study, you can complete an associate degree within two academic years. Part-time study options are also available.
 
Associate degrees offer a great deal of flexibility. You can choose your preferred courses from a specific list of eligible courses (scheduled and distance), making it possible to focus your studies in one specific area or explore a variety of subjects.
 

Tuition & Costs Estimate for
Fall 2018, Winter, Spring & Summer 2019

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.

While we do our best to share accurate and timely fee information, changes may occur. For more information, visit our tuition page.

Domestic Fees

per Year
Tuition $2,965
NISU Fees $125
Lab Fees $50
Books $1,530
Learner Resource $156
Total $4,826
Tuition may vary, depending on the courses chosen. Book costs and Lab fees are specific to each course. Not all courses have Lab fees.
Full-time students are automatically enrolled in the mandatory Health and Dental Benefit plan ($275).
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International Fees

per Year
Tuition $12,984
NISU Fees $120
Lab Fees $50
Books $1,530
Learner Resource $156
Total $14,840
Additional Costs for International Students include the $100 Application fee (required) and the $250 Accommodation Application Fee (optional).
Book costs and Lab fees are specific to each course. Not all courses have lab fees. Tuition is based on 3 - 5 courses per term.
Full-time students are automatically enrolled in the mandatory Health and Dental Benefit plan ($275).