University Arts and Sciences-Certificate in Humanities

Certificate in HumanitiesProgram Description

The University Arts and Sciences program at Northern Lights College (NLC) serves individuals and communities by providing university-level learning opportunities that reflect the intellectual and creative modes of inquiry practiced in the arts and sciences.  A wide variety of first and second-year courses enable learners to pursue numerous credential and career options, and to engage in personal enrichment.

A Humanities Certificate is awarded to students who complete 30 credits of planned courses, with an emphasis on the Humanities. The certificate is intended to prepare students for continued university-level studies leading to a Bachelor's Degree.

Career Prospects

The Certificate prepares students for continued Bachelor level studies at universities or other receiving institutions, continued studies in specific programs at NLC, continued studies in professional programs, or entry-level employment opportunities.

Transfer arrangements exist with universities, colleges and institutes throughout British Columbia. See the BC Transfer Guide. Course transfer beyond British Columbia is determined on a case-by-case basis. NLC students are responsible for confirming admission requirements, application procedures, transfer credit, and graduation requirements at all receiving institutions.


Location: Chetwynd, Dawson Creek, Fort Nelson, and Fort St. John campuses (NOTE: all courses are not available at each campus)

Length: The Humanities Certificate involves 450 hours of class time and may be completed on a part-time or full-time basis.  Where learners are attending full time, the credential may be completed in 30 weeks.

Start: September, January, May

Fees: Current Fee Schedule

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Admission Prerequisites

*English is the language of instruction in all programs at NLC, thus it is imperative that NLC students meet minimum English Language Proficiency requirements.

*In University Arts and Sciences and Related Programs, it is understood that the minimum English Language Proficiency requirement is that required to graduate from a Canadian high school program conducted in English. This is defined in the English Language Requirement document.

*Note that some University Arts and Sciences courses elective courses have specific pre-requisites. Meeting the entrance requirements for the University Arts and Sciences program does not ensure course pre-requisites have been met for all available courses.

Important Notes

  1. The program is eligible for Canada Student Loans for Domestic Students. Visit StudentAid BC to apply for financial assistance online.  Note that dual credit students are not eligible for Student Aid.
  2. The information on this program page is a summary of the official Program Completion Guide approved by NLC’s Education Council. Download a PDF of the current Program Guide

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Program Contact: Chair, University Arts and Sciences
(Cindy Broberg, Dawson Creek campus; Issoufou Soumaila, Fort St. John campus)


Plus one of the following: ENGL 105, 110, 111, or 112

Plus 15 additional credits (five courses) selected from 100- or 200-level academic, University Arts and Sciences courses. One course with content on the First Nations peoples (FNST 100, FNST 102 or ANTH 203) and one course with content in the area of Women and Gender Studies (WGST 100) are recommended. A maximum of two courses can come from the traditional sciences (e.g., biology, physical geography); a maximum of one course can be from computer sciences or math or statistics.

University Arts and Sciences courses include offerings in Anthropology (ANTH), Archaeology (ARCH), Biology (BIOL), Computer Science (CPSC), Criminology (CRIM), Economics (ECON), Education (EDUC), English (ENGL), First Nation Studies (FNST), Geography (GEOG), History (HIST), Humanities (HUMA), Mathematics (MATH), Philosophy (PHIL), Political Science (POLI), Psychology (PSYC), Sociology (SOCI), Social Science (SOSC), Social Work (SOWK), and Women and Gender Studies (WGST). Other University Arts and Science courses may become available.

University Arts and Sciences courses do not include offerings in Business Management (MGMT), Early Childhood Education (ECEC, ECED, ECTA), Education Assistant (EDAS), Environmental Planning (ENPL), Health Administration (HADM), Human Development Education Caring (HDEC), Information Technology (ITC, ITEC), Practical Nursing (PNUR), and Social Services Worker Diploma (SSWD).