Year-by-year Plan

There are many opportunities in the UBC Faculty of Arts to develop as an individual, a scholar, a leader, and a professional. This guide offers:

  • Degree planning advice
  • Suggestions for involvement opportunities

First Year

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Second Year

Now that you’ve had a taste of university life, try identifying your academic and involvement goals. Think about which specialization (major) you want to choose, and consider the involvement and career-building experiences you would like to gain at UBC.

Degree Planning:

  • Explore which specialization (major) you are working towards. Do you want to add a minor or a double major? Have you considered an honours degree?
  • You will officially enter your specialization in second or third year, depending on the major you choose. Some specializations have limited entry and require a certain average, pre-requisites, or an application. Learn about the different declaration and application processes by looking at specializations on the Student Service Centre (SSC), the UBC Vancouver Academic Calendar, or department websites.
  • Watch out for department events to learn more about the major(s) they offer and the career paths they lead to. It’s good to start working on major requirements early on if you would like to graduate in four years.
  • Make sure you’re on track with your Degree Requirements, including the Science Requirement and the Literature Requirement.
  • All students must complete the Writing Component of the Writing and Research Requirement before reaching 60 credits.

Involvement Opportunities:

Third Year

Now that you’re a senior student, you’ve got the hang of things at UBC; however, it’s still important to keep on top of your degree planning. And if you have yet to try opportunities outside the classroom, now is the time to dive in.

Degree Planning:

  • You must select a specialization (major) before registering in your third year.
  • This is the year to start your Language Requirement, if you haven’t already.
  • Make sure you’re on track for our degree by learning how to use Degree Navigator, a personalized tool that keeps track of your degree requirements and credit tally.
  • If you’re thinking about grad school, now is the time to explore programs and admissions requirements. The Faculty of Graduate Studies can offer advice.

Involvement Opportunities:

Fourth Year

You’re on the home stretch, but have you met the academic and involvement goals you aspired to? It’s never too late to start building up experience that will help prepare you for life after graduation.

Degree Planning:

Involvement Opportunities: