Why Arts?

Choose from more than 20 majors in Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree programs at UBC’s Okanagan campus.

UBC Okanagan professors such as Carey Doberstein thrive in a culture of intellectual debate and exchange.

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)

General Studies

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:

Digital Humanities





World Literatures


Zach Walsh, Psychology 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.

  • 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.

The Go Global program has 150 international partners


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.

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.

  • 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.

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.