Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Interdisciplinary Studies

Program Highlights

Do you wish you could design your own degree? The Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Interdisciplinary Studies program at CapU will let you do just that.

The world doesn’t fit into one neat subject area. Build your own bachelor's degree with courses chosen from across the Faculty of Arts & Sciences.

Uncover the connections that reflect the world around you while developing skills modern employers consider essential.

In your final year, you will produce an impressive graduating project that will cap off your entire university experience. This Bachelor of Arts program is designed by you, for you.

This program was formerly titled “Bachelor of Arts with a major in Liberal Studies.” Students admitted into the Fall 2020 intake onwards will graduate under the new program name of Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Interdisciplinary Studies.  

  • Initiate, execute and take responsibility for an interdisciplinary research project.
  • Describe and integrate concepts, theories, and practices from across core academic disciplines with an awareness of limits of knowledge.
  • Apply foundational learning (knowledge, critical thinking, research skills, imagination, and judgment) and holistic problem solving skills in academic work.
  • Synthesize knowledge to produce interdisciplinary work.
  • Apply research methods while identifying and understanding the application of ethical reasoning with a particular emphasis on working appropriately with human subjects and conducting field work.
  • Produce well-organized and coherent university-level materials, individually or in a group, which meet stated objectives and audience needs in written, oral, digital and/or visual forms.
  • Consider and assess the potential impact of interpretative frameworks, decisions and actions on people and the environment, locally and globally.


CampusTermsFull/Part Time
North VancouverSpringBoth
North VancouverSummerBoth
North VancouverFallBoth

English Requirement

Total credits: 6.00

ENGL 100University Writing Strategies3.00 credits
ENGL 010Language Skills3.00 credits
ENGL 100University Writing Strategies3.00 credits
ENGL 103Introduction to Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 107Indigenous Literature and Film3.00 credits
ENGL 109Literature and Contemporary Culture3.00 credits
ENGL 112Reading, Writing, Dialogue: Entering Global Conversations3.00 credits
ENGL 190Introduction to Creative Writing3.00 credits
ENGL 191Creative Writing: Contemporary Practices3.00 credits
ENGL 200Literature in English from Beowulf to Paradise Lost3.00 credits
ENGL 201Literature in English after Paradise Lost3.00 credits
ENGL 203Canadian Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 205Modern American Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 207Literary Theory and Criticism3.00 credits
ENGL 208Studies in Fiction3.00 credits
ENGL 213World Literature in English3.00 credits
ENGL 217Literature on the Edge3.00 credits
ENGL 218The Art of Children's Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 219Reel Lit: Literature into Film3.00 credits
ENGL 260Writing Communities3.00 credits
ENGL 290Creative Writing: Letter and Line3.00 credits
ENGL 291Creative Writing: Narrative Fictions3.00 credits
ENGL 292Creative Writing: Children's Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 293Creative Writing: Creative Nonfiction3.00 credits
ENGL 295Special Topics in Creative Writing3.00 credits
ENGL 296Creative Writing: Writing for the Stage3.00 credits
ENGL 300Writing, Rhetoric, Style3.00 credits
ENGL 301Studies in Rhetoric3.00 credits
ENGL 302Studies in British Columbian Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 305Special Topics in Canadian Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 308Studies in British Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 311Studies in American Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 314Studies in National Literatures3.00 credits
ENGL 317Traditions in Western Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 320Global Literatures3.00 credits
ENGL 323Special Topics in Genre3.00 credits
ENGL 326Traditions in Poetry3.00 credits
ENGL 329Literature and Performance3.00 credits
ENGL 332Literature and Society3.00 credits
ENGL 335Electronic Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 338Literature and Media3.00 credits
ENGL 341Literature and Visual Culture3.00 credits
ENGL 344Literature and the Environment3.00 credits
ENGL 352Special Topics in British Literature, 1000-16603.00 credits
ENGL 353Special Topics in British Literature, 1660-18303.00 credits
ENGL 354Special Topics in British Literature, 1830-19703.00 credits
ENGL 356Special Topics in American Literature, 1620-18653.00 credits
ENGL 357Special Topics in American Literature, 1865-19703.00 credits
ENGL 358Special Topics in Contemporary Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 359Indigenous Literatures3.00 credits
ENGL 363Words in The World I: Genre and Form3.00 credits
ENGL 365Words in the World II: Cultures, Networks and Traditions3.00 credits
ENGL 367Land School3.00 credits
ENGL 369Foundations in Writing Pedagogy3.00 credits
ENGL 390Advanced Poetry and Poetics3.00 credits
ENGL 391Advanced Narrative Forms3.00 credits
ENGL 392Creative Writing: Creative Travel Writing3.00 credits
ENGL 393Creative Writing: Advanced Practices3.00 credits
ENGL 394Creative Writing: Performance3.00 credits
ENGL 395Creative Writing: Special Topics3.00 credits
ENGL 400Major Authors3.00 credits
ENGL 410Topics in Twentieth-Century Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 420Special Topics in Literary Theory3.00 credits
ENGL 435Electronic Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 463Words in the World III: Critical and Creative Formations3.00 credits
ENGL 464Capstone Project3.00 credits
ENGL 465Words in the World Practicum3.00 credits
ENGL 466Directed Reading3.00 credits
ENGL 467Honours Thesis6.00 credits
ENGL 490Directed Studies3.00 credits
ENGL 491Creative Writing: Directed Studies3.00 credits


Language Requirement

Total credits: 6.00


Demonstrated competency in a language other than English. The language requirement is competency based and requires students to reach an advanced beginner level or higher in a language other than English. The language requirement can be satisfied in one of the following ways:

1. successful completion of a Grade 12 course with a minimum B grade in an approved language other than English while in secondary school; or

2. successful completion of a secondary immersion program or secondary school at an institution at which the primary language of instruction is not English; or

3. successful completion of a post-secondary credential awarded by an institution at which the primary language of instruction is not English; or

4. successful completion of 6.00 credits of post-secondary level courses in a single language other than English; or

5. successful completion of EAP 100 or EAP 101.

Note: Students who fulfill this requirement with option 1, 2, 3, or 5 will be required to take 6.00 credits of lower level Arts and Sciences courses in place of the Language Requirement credits.

Note: EAP 100-level or higher credits can be used towards the elective requirements.

Note: Students who have completed a Grade 12 language course without meeting the minimum B grade can fulfill the Language Requirement by completing 3.00 credits of the appropriate language (CHIN 101, JAPN 101, SPAN 101 or FREN 150). Students who exercise this option will be required to take an additional 3.00 credits of lower level Arts and Sciences courses.


Lower Level Course Requirements

Total credits: 24.00

INTS 210Approaching Knowledge3.00 credits

Note: May not include English. No more than 6.00 credits in any one subject area.

Arts - 200-level15.00 credits
Humanities - 100-level3.00 credits
Social Sciences - 100-level3.00 credits


Science, Quantitative, Analytical Requirements

Total credits: 9.00


Note: Must include a minimum of 3.00 credits designated as Quantitative/Analytical

Laboratory Science 100-level or higher (Any course in the Science list worth 3.00 credits or more and with a lab of at least 2 hours, but excluding any course in Applied Science or Computing.)3.00 credits
Mathematics or Computing Science or Statistics 100-level or higher (PSYC 213 may be used)3.00 credits
Science 100-level or higher3.00 credits


Upper Level Requirements

Total credits: 24.00

INTS 310Interdisciplinary Research3.00 credits
Arts 300-level or higher9.00 credits
Humanities (minimum of two subjects) 300-level or higher6.00 credits
Social Sciences (minimum of two subjects) 300-level or higher6.00 credits



Total credits: 45.00

Electives 100-level or higher30.00 credits
Electives 300-level or higher15.00 credits


Experiential Requirement

Total credits: 3.00

Choose 3.00 credits from the following list:
INTS 335Grand Challenges - An Interdisciplinary Approach3.00 credits
INTS 345Reconciliation in Action3.00 credits
INTS 390Tutorial I1.00 credits
INTS 391Tutorial II1.00 credits
INTS 392Tutorial III1.00 credits


Capstone Requirement

Total credits: 3.00

Choose 3.00 credits from the following list:
CAPS 499Degree Portfolio3.00 credits
INTS 490Graduating Project3.00 credits
INTS 495Extended Graduating Project - Part 13.00 credits
INTS 496Extended Graduating Project - Part 23.00 credits
Note: Students who choose to complete the Extended Graduating Project will only need to complete 42.00 credits of Electives (instead of 45.00)


Total program credits: 120.00

Program Notes

Students starting in their baccalaureate degree on or after Fall 2018 and graduating on or after June 2022 must meet Cap Core graduation requirements in addition to their program requirements.

Students must ensure they complete a minimum of 65 credits of 100-level or higher coursework from within the Faculty of Arts & Sciences that have been designated as Arts, Humanities or Social Sciences.

Important Dates

Application Dates

Mar 10, 2020 - Aug 4, 2020

Course Registration & Waitlisting Starts

Jul 6, 2020

Fee Payment Deadline

Aug 24, 2020 4:00 PM

Application Dates

Mar 10, 2020 - Dec 1, 2020

Course Registration & Waitlisting Starts

Nov 16, 2020

Fee Payment Deadline

Dec 21, 2020 4:00 PM

Application Dates

Jun 2, 2020 - May 4, 2021

Course Registration & Waitlisting Starts

Mar 8, 2021

Fee Payment Deadline

Apr 26, 2021 4:00 PM

Application Dates

Oct 6, 2020 - Aug 3, 2021

Course Registration & Waitlisting Starts

Jul 5, 2021

Fee Payment Deadline

Aug 24, 2021 4:00 PM

Note: Dates are subject to change.

How to apply

  1. Check the admissions requirements.
  2. Check the application and document deadlines for your program.
  3. Complete and submit your application through EducationPlannerBC.
    1. Upload all your required/supporting official documents.
    2. Pay your application fee.
  4. Admissions will review your application and contact you.

Admission Requirements

For the official publication of programs, course descriptions and admission requirements please view the Capilano University Calendar (pdf).

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