Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Bachelor of Arts - Year 1

Highlights

Many different options allow you to focus your studies in one or two areas of interest. As a TRU Williams Lake student, you will have a great deal of freedom to design a program of study that suits your particular needs and interests. With experienced program advisors to guide you, a broad-based Arts education can help you to explore and communicate the important issues in your life.

One of the best things is that you don't have to choose a major or area of concentration as you can try different courses you may be interested in if you are not sure which direction you want to follow right now.

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Majors

TRU Williams Lake offers year 1 of the Bachelor of Arts. Courses in anthropology, archaeology, English, history, philosophy, psychology and sociology are offered on an annual basis. These courses can accumulate credits towards various programs while you choose the path best for you. These courses can also help you prepare for the following degrees:

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Education
  • Bachelor of Journalism
  • Bachelor of Social Work

Careers

Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts enter a wide range of positions spanning private and public sectors, non-profit organizations and self-employment. Positions include: project coordinator, researcher, public relations specialist, manager, communications specialist, teacher, marketing specialist, adjuster and counsellor.

Admission Requirements

The Bachelor of Arts is an Open Admission program. Admission decisions are made on a first-applied, first-admitted basis for qualified applicants, using the date by which the application was received. Students who apply while still in Grade 12 will be given conditional admission.

Note: If you lack high school English, Math or Science requirements, you may begin your first year univesity studies while taking University Preparation courses to complete these requirements.

  • Grade 12 (or equivalent) or Mature Student Status
  • English 12/English 12 First Peoples 73% (B)
  • Recommended: Any second language to Grade 12
  • Considering Education? Take Mathematics 11 or higher (Pre-calculus, Foundations)

Bachelor of Arts admission information package

Courses

The following is list of the courses typically offered by TRU Williams Lake. Please note course availablity is subject to change.

ANTH 2600 Minorities in the Modern World (2,1,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

An introduction to the anthropological study of minorities, with special reference to the present position of indigenous peoples around the world. Case studies from North America, Europe, Asia, Russia and Oceania illuminate the concepts of genocide, ethnocide, pluralism and multiculturalism.
Prerequisite: ARCH 1110/ANTH 1210 recommended but not required.
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ARCH 1110 Human Origins (2,1,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

An introduction to the anthropological study of human origins. The course addresses the distinction between mythical and scientific explanations of the emergence of animal and human life. It outlines the basic principles of evolution and reviews the major stages of human prehistory. Although some attention is paid to the interplay between biology and culture, the course is designed for social science students who may lack extensive knowledge of biology.
Prerequisite: None.
Note: Students cannot receive credit for ARCH 1110 and ANTH 1110
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ARCH 2010 Introduction to Archaeology (2,1,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

An introduction to the discipline of archaeology, including the ways in which archaeologists reconstruct past cultures and lifeways, the development and major discoveries of archaeology, and the relationships between human material remains and human behavior. Students will gain an appreciation of what the past was like, what archaeological data are, and how archaeology is used to answer questions about the human condition.
Prerequisite: None.
Note: Students cannot receive credit for more than one of ARCH 2010, ARCH 1190 and ANTH 1190
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ARCH 2230 Native Peoples of British Columbia (2,1,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

A survey of the traditional Indian cultures of British Columbia as known through ethnography and archaeology. Topics will include regional variation and adaptation in economy, technology, language, religion, art, medicine, kinship, and social organization. The contemporary social problems of the native peoples are not part of this course.
Prerequisite: An intro course in Anthropology is recommended
Note: Students cannot receive credit for both ARCH 2230 and ANTH 2230
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BIOL 1592 Human Biology: Anatomy and Physiology 1 (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

This course is intended primarily for students taking the Nursing and Respiratory Therapy programs. However, space is also available for Academic students. Students examine the anatomy and physiology of human organ systems over the course of two semesters, while focusing on the relationship between structure and function.
Prerequisite: Biology 12 with a C+ minimum or BIOL 0600 and Chemistry 11 or CHEM 0500
Note: Students do not receive credit for more than one of BIOL 1592 and BIOL 1593 or BIOL 3540
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BIOL 1594 Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory 1 (0,0,2)(L)

Credits:
Delivery: Campus

This course covers the first half of the laboratory component of anatomy and physiology. Students are introduced to the structure and function of the human body, beginning with an orientation of the body and continuing with the functions of cells, tissues, organs and organ systems (including the integumentary, skeletal, muscular and nervous systems). As well, the healthy functioning of the body and consideration of how each system contributes to overall health and maintenance of homeostasis will be covered.
Prerequisite: BIOL 1592 or BIOL 1593
Corequisite: BIOL 1592
Note: Same course as BIOL 1595
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BIOL 1692 Human Biology: Anatomy and Physiology 2 (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students examine the anatomy and physiology of the human organ systems over the course of two semesters, while focusing on the relationship between structure and function.
Prerequisite: BIOL 1592 or BIOL 1593
Note: Students do not receive credit for more than one of BIOL 1692, BIOL 1693 or BIOL 3550
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BIOL 1694 Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory 2 (0,0,2)(L)

Credits:
Delivery: Campus

This course is the second half laboratory course in anatomy and physiology. Students in the course will learn about the nervous system and the senses as well as the endocrine, circulatory, respiratory, urinary, digestive and reproductive systems.
Prerequisite: BIOL 1692 or BIOL 1693
Corequisite: BIOL 1692
Note: Same course as BIOL 1695
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CMNS 2290 Technical Communication (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students study a variety of technical communications used to document professional activity, including proposals, technical and formal reports, policies and procedures, technical descriptions and definitions, and instructions. Students learn the importance of documentation and accountability as part of professional due diligence, applicable across many fields including journalism, business, government, public service, consulting and research institutes. Students develop skills in assessing communication needs in a scenario, identifying communication goals, audience need and relevant media. Finally, students learn skills in research and synthesis to ensure professional engagement and presentation of research material. Prerequisites: CMNS 1291 OR CMNS 1290 OR ENGL 1100 OR ENGL 1101
Note: Students cannot receive credit for more than one of CMNS 2290, ENGL 2290 AND CMNS 2291
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ENGL 1100 Introduction to University Writing (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

This course introduces students to the practices of reading and writing in scholarly contexts. Students will read and analyze scholarly journal articles from a variety of disciplines. They will also develop their abilities to compose in the genres and sub-genres of scholarly writing, including incorporating research and documentation in a grammatically correct style.
Prerequisite: English 12 or English 12 First Peoples with a minimum of 73% (with the government exam within the last 5 years) or equivalent. Note that students cannot receive credit for both ENGL 1100 and ENGL 1101
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ENGL 1110 Critical Reading and Writing (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students develop skills in close critical reading and writing using a variety of creative narrative texts. Students learn to engage in a careful analysis and interpretation of the perspectives, techniques, and rhetorical strategies employed by writers to convey a given subject matter. They also practice and build on scholarly writing and documentation skills. Critical reading and writing skills are keys to success in any academic discipline and transfer directly to the workplace.
Prerequisite: English 12 or English 12 First Peoples with a minimum of 80% (with the government exam within the last 5 years) or equivalent.
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ENGL 2200 ***Studies in Literature 1 (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

The content of this course changes each year; please contact the English Department to request more information.
Prerequisite: C (or better) in two first-year Academic English courses, or instructor's written consent
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ENGL 2410 Aboriginal Canadian Literature: Humour and Storytelling (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students are introduced to the tradition of storytelling in Indigenous cultures and focus on modern and contemporary poetry, drama, short stories, novels, and essays.
Prerequisite: C (or better) in two 1st year Academic English courses
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HIST 2020 Native History of Canada (2,1,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students explore the history of the Aboriginal peoples of what is now Canada. The course begins with pre-contact perspectives, however, emphasis is on the social, cultural, political, economic and military interactions between Aboriginal peoples and newcomers. Examples are drawn from all regions to reveal the breadth and variety of Aboriginal culture, history, and experience. Topics include Aboriginal involvement in the fur trade and later economic developments, the treaty-making process, and Aboriginal responses to government policy.
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PHIL 1110 Introduction to Critical Thinking (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

This course enables students to distinguish between good and poor reasoning. Students are introduced to logical analysis, which entails an examination of the meaning of logical terms and an investigation of their contribution to the arguments in which they occur. Considerable attention is given to representing the logical structure of arguments and deciding their validity or invalidity.
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PSYC 1210 Introduction to Psychology 2 (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students explore selected topics in contemporary psychology, including intelligence, development, personality, social psychology, emotion, motivation, and psychopathology.
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PSYC 2130 Introduction to Developmental Psychology: Childhood and Adolescence (2,1,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students explore the developmental process from conception to adolescence. Theoretical perspectives and research data are examined as they relate to physical, cognitive, and psychosocial aspects of development.
Prerequisite: PSYC 1110 and PSYC 1210 or permission of the instructor
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PSYC 2230 Introduction to Developmental Psychology: Adulthood and Aging (2,1,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

This course is an inquiry into the developmental changes from adolescence onwards with an emphasis on adolescent adjustment, adult maturity and growth, middle age, retirement, old age, dying and death. Current research is examined as it relates to physical, cognitive, and psychosocial development.
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SOCI 1110 Introduction to Sociology 1 (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students learn the core concepts of the discipline of sociology by examining key topics (such as culture, socialization, social interaction, social roles, and social structure) that allow us to locate ourselves within society. Students also explore theoretical perspectives within sociology and the fundamentals of the sociological research methods. Note that students cannot receive credit for both SOCI 1110 and SOCI 1111
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SOCI 1210 Introduction to Sociology II (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students critically examine social stratification and inequalities based on dimensions of class, race, gender, and sexuality in both the Canadian and global contexts. In this second introductory course, students apply a sociological analysis to the study of major social institutions including: education, work, politics, media, healthcare, and the criminal justice system. Students investigate questions and debates concerning our modern world, in particular, those around consumer culture, globalization, and the role of social media. Note that students cannot receive credit for both SOCI 1210 and SOCI 1211
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