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Associate of Arts Degree - General Studies


The Associate of Arts Degree is a provincial credential designed to prepare students for careers following graduation or for transfer into a Bachelor’s Degree program. The Associate Degree curriculum comprises two years of university level study in a variety of academic areas. Students complete a broad range of courses, balanced with in-depth study in specific disciplines. They can earn the first two years of a four-year Bachelor Degree and then transfer* directly into the third year of a degree program at BC universities.

An Associate of Arts Degree is a key pathway to Social Services and Humanities Degrees such as English, History, Psychology and Anthropology. It is also a recognized and credible academic achievement that can be used to increase employability.

Obtaining an Associate Degree from NWCC reduces the total cost of the four-year bachelor’s degree and provides a strong academic foundation from which to transition into a university setting

*Students who plan to transfer credit to another NWCC program or postsecondary institution should first consult with the institution to determine admission requirements and appropriate university credit electives. For more information about course transferability visit  

Core Course Guarantee
Northwest Community College offers a core set of 1st year courses that allow students to complete the first year of an Associate of Arts Degree in one full academic year at Prince Rupert, Smithers and Terrace campuses. NWCC also offers a core set of 2nd year courses required for completion of a two-year Associate of Arts Degree or Science Degree in two full academic years at both Prince Rupert and Terrace, and those required to complete an Associate of Arts Degree in three years at Smithers (this can be shortened if combined with online courses).

Program Outline 

General Requirements:

To obtain an Associate of Arts Degree, a student must complete a minimum of 60 credits of first or second year courses.

These must include a minimum of 18 credits in Arts at the second-year level taken in two or more subject areas.

Specific Requirements:

6 Credits in First Year English AND
9 Credits in Science which shall include at least:
3 Credits of Math or Computing Science or *Statistics 
3 Credits in a Lab Science AND 

36 Credits in Arts which shall include: 
6 credits in the Social Sciences (CRIM, SOCI, PSYC)
6 Credits in Humanities (including the creative and performing arts) other than English (HIST, ANTH, and any other language courses) 
24 Additional Credits in Arts (includes all social sciences and humanities)  AND

9 Credits in Arts, Science, or other areas. 

*Statistics courses taught in subject areas such as Business, Commerce, Economics, Psychology, etc. may also be used to meet this requirement

Admission Requirements 
  1. Apply direct to the University Credit Program.
  2. Submit proof of English 12 or equivalent.
  3. Once admitted, register in the courses required for General Studies.

English proficiency is required for all students entering NWCC programs.  Please visit our English Language Alternatives page to see how this requirement can be met. 

Need help with the application process?  Contact an Educational Advisor.

Dates and Locations 

Intakes:  September and January.

Campus locations:  Terrace and Prince Rupert.

Study on a full or part-time basis.  Some courses are available online and by teleconference.

Note: not all courses are offered at every campus. Speak with an Educational Advisor for assistance with course selection.

Program Fees