Credit Requirements

You must complete a minimum of 120 credits for your degree, some of which must be taken at the upper-level (courses numbered 300 or higher). Select the degree you’re following to view a breakdown of your credit requirements:

 Bachelor of Arts Bachelor of Fine Arts Second degree (you have a previous bachelor degree)

At minimum, 72 of the required 120 credits must be from courses within the Faculty of Arts

As of September 2012, students in the Faculty of Arts are required to complete a minimum of 72 credits from courses taught in the Faculty of Arts. Arts courses include those identified in the UBC Calendar course descriptions as those offered by the Faculty of Arts as well as transfer credit deemed to be Arts. Please see Degree Navigator or consult Arts Advising if you are unsure about how your credits are classified.

Minimum Credits Required

  • To be eligible for your BC/Canada student loan, you must register in at least 9 credits per term (18 credits per Winter Session).
  • To be considered for awards and scholarships, you must complete a minimum of 24 percentage-graded credits in the Winter Session.
  • If you are receiving financial assistance from non-UBC administrated organizations you should contact the organization directly to discuss any credit requirements associated with the award.
  • To be eligible for on-campus housing, you must register, and remain registered, in at least 9 credits per Term (18 credits per Winter Session).
  • International students must be registered in at least 9 credits per Term of the Winter Session to be eligible to work on or off campus. Other restrictions apply; see the International Student Guide.
  • You must be registered in at least 27 percentage-graded credits in the Winter Session to be eligible for recognition on the Dean’s List.

FAQ – Credit Requirements

Students who began their studies in the Faculty of Arts prior to the 2012 Winter session may be permitted to complete their degree under either the new 72 credit Arts minimum or the previous 18 credit maximum for courses taken outside the Faculties of Arts and Science, whichever is more to their benefit. Students should note, however, that as Arts students they are expected to complete credits in their home Faculty.

Students transferring to the Faculty of Arts from another UBC faculty or from another post-secondary institution who have already completed more than 48 non-Arts credits should consult an Arts Academic Advisor. They should also plan to register in courses offered by the Faculty of Arts in order to complete their degree.

All students entering the Faculty of Arts in 2012 Winter or later who intend to complete one or more of the following specializations may include all non-Arts credits required for their specialization(s) towards their Arts degree. These students are permitted a relaxation of the 72 credit Arts minimum to accommodate these required credits. However, students are expected to complete the maximum number of Arts credits possible within the 120 credit total required for their degree.

BA Major or Honours in Mathematics
BA Major in Computer Science


Double Counting

When you use one course to meet two program (specialization) requirements, you are “double counting.” Depending on your program choices, there are strict limits to how many credits you may double count. See the UBC Academic calendar for a clear summary.

While a course may be counted twice to meet two different program requirements, you cannot count a course twice for degree-required credits. For example, if you are doing a double major (60 upper-level required credits) and take a course that fulfills program requirements for both majors, you may use it to double count, but you only receive credits for the course once.