The world needs people with a broad range of knowledge and the ability to think critically, analyze, be creative, problem solve and communicate. No matter what area you specialize in, you’ll walk away with valuable skills and knowledge.
Tailor your BA degree with subjects you’re passionate about:
Anthropology (major, minor)
Art History and Visual Culture (major, minor)
Computer Science (major, minor)
Creative Writing (major, minor)
Cultural Studies (major, minor)
Economics (major, minor)
English (major, minor)
French (major, minor)
French and Spanish (major, minor)
Gender and Women’s Studies (major, minor)
Geography (major, minor)
History (major, minor)
Indigenous Studies (major, minor)
International Relations (major only)
Latin American Studies (major, minor)
Mathematics (major, minor)
Medieval and Renaissance Studies (minor only)
Philosophy (major, minor)
Philosophy, Politics and Economics (major only)
Political Science (major, minor)
Psychology (major, minor)
Sociology (major, minor)
Spanish (minor only)
Theatre (minor only)
What’s a major? A group of courses or a field of study you specialize in during your degree.
What’s a minor? A secondary concentration of courses that often complements your major.
Other Areas of Study—Fulfill your language requirement or complement your degree with elective courses in these areas:
More than 130 experts teach Arts courses. Students have extraordinary access to their professors, who are connected across the globe.
- Explore the psychology behind the justice system with professors such as Zach Walsh, who is Co-Director for the Centre for the Advancement of Psychological Science and Law.
- Combine disciplines to understand society and the world in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE). Professors such as Carey Doberstein show students the human side of politics.
- Investigate issues of identity, power and justice in Cultural Studies taught by professors such as David Jefferess and Allison Hargreaves, who also host a monthly forum for public dialogue.
Learn Beyond the Classroom
Gain valuable experience. Study abroad or work in the community with fellow students.
- Travel and see the world. International Relations student Tara McCarthy had a storybook experience while studying abroad in Barcelona, Spain.
- Design your educational experience. Blake Edwards double-majors in History and Political Science. Immersed in student clubs, he says “the opportunities to get involved have been limitless.”
- Build your resumé in and out of class. Maranda Wilson got hooked on her English major by “awesome” professors. She’s also a budding journalist at the campus newspaper, The Phoenix.
Undergraduate Research in Arts
Follow your ideas and get a head start on your career with research.
- Make a positive impact. Recent BA graduate David Lacho double-majored in French and Anthropology, using social media for dialect preservation in Quebec’s Magdalen Islands.
- Get a financial boost. English and Creative Writing student Cole Mash won an Undergraduate Student Research Award for a biographical study that led to more opportunities to explore his passion for literature.
- Work alongside UBC’s top experts. By doing so, undergrad Alysha Baker discovered applied forensic research and earned more than $100,000 in academic awards. Now she’s a PhD student specializing in experimental Psychology.