Why Arts?

Choose from more than 20 majors in Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree programs at UBC’s Okanagan campus.
Prof. Catherine Higgs and students examining historical documents

History Prof. Catherine Higgs and students examine historical documents.

The world needs people with a broad range of knowledge and the ability to think critically, be creative, problem solve and communicate effectively.

The BA degree offered at UBC Okanagan integrates foundational knowledge with interdisciplinary opportunities in social justice, sustainability and Indigenous content. No matter what educational path you travel, you’ll walk away with 21st century skills and expertise.


Tailor your BA degree with subjects you’re passionate about.

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 group of courses that often complements your major.

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)

Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies (major, minor)

General Studies

Geography (major, minor)

History (major, minor)

Indigenous Studies (major, minor)

International Relations (major only)

Languages (major only)

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)

Sustainability (major only)

Theatre (minor only)

Double and Combined Majors
You can earn a double major by completing all program requirements for each major in different disciplines, or earn a combined major by completing the requirements specified by programs offering a combined major option:

Art History and Visual Culture | Creative Writing | Cultural Studies | English


Other Areas of Study
Fulfill your BA requirements or complement your degree with elective courses in these additional study areas:

Digital Humanities | Film | German | Japanese | Music | World Literatures


Additional Arts-related Bachelor Degrees

Bachelor of Fine Arts | Bachelor of Media Studies | Bachelor of Nsyilxcn Language Fluency | Bachelor of Sustainability


Prof. Brigitte Le Normand converses with two students in a humanities lab

Brigitte Le Normand, history professor and researcher.

Top Professors

More than 130 experts teach Arts courses. Students have extraordinary access to their professors, who are connected across the globe.

  • Make sense of our transforming world. History professor Brigitte Le Normand and team of experts combine history with technology to share their research through augmented reality.
  • Work with local businesses. Computer Science professor Ramon Lawrence partnered with the City of Kelowna to build a mobile application to improve the efficiency of park sprinkler systems.
  • 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.
Students in front of a sign at a mountain summit in Tanzania.

Students at the summit of Mount Meru in Tanzania during the fieldwork course East Africa: Community, Creativity and Communications.

Learn Beyond the Classroom

Gain valuable experience. Study abroad or work in the community with fellow students.

  • Get up close with your subject. While participating in the Go Global program, Art History and Visual Culture alumna Laura Wyllie and fellow classmate presented their research on the Palazzo Del Te standing in front of the historical building.
  • Travel and see the world. International Relations student Tara McCarthy had a storybook experience while studying abroad in Barcelona, Spain.
  • Design your educational experience. Alumnus Blake Edwards immersed himself in campus life through student clubs while double-majoring in History and Political Science.

Anthropology professor Christine Shreyer and student researcher David Lacho.

Undergraduate Research in Arts

Follow your ideas and get a head start on your career with research.

  • Delve into your passions. Kyla Morris double majored in Psychology and English which led her to explore how we define motherhood. She says combining her interests “opened my mind to things I didn’t know were available.”
  • 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.
  • Make a positive impact. As an undergraduate, David Lacho double-majored in French and Anthropology, using social media for dialect preservation in Quebec’s Magdalen Islands.

Come see for yourself

Meet professors, talk to current students and experience Arts firsthand during Destination UBC, a weekend visit to campus.

Get a glimpse of student life at UBC’s Okanagan campus.


Sociology Associate Professor Luis Aguilar talks with students.