University Arts and Sciences courses and credentials are designed to provide an educational experience that prepares students for work, citizenship, an enriched life as an educated person, and to create a solid foundation for further study.
Students may register in a program stream, or they may register for individual courses that are scheduled during the Fall, Winter and Intersession semesters. Courses are offered using various modes of delivery, including in-class, videoconference, and online.
The Social Sciences Certificate is the equivalent of one year of planned coursework. By taking a planned combination of courses, students may complete a full year of university-level courses and then transfer to a number of degree programs in Social Sciences offered at universities or other receiving institutions.
Coursework within the Academic program also supports other College programs, such as the Alaska Highway Consortium on Teacher Education, Business Management, Early Childhood Education and Care, Education Assistant, Social Services Worker Diploma, and Visual Arts.
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: 30 weeks (depending on intake start date)
Start: September, January, May
Fees: Current Fee Schedule
*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, 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.
*Other specific pre-requisites for individual courses taken for program completion.
*Note: For transfer into degree programs in this field, degree granting institutions might require other pre-requisites than required for entrance into NLC’s Social Sciences Certificate. All students planning to do a bachelor's degree should ensure that they have met the entrance requirements of the receiving institution.
- The program is eligible for Canada Student Loans. Visit StudentAid BC to apply for financial assistance online. Note that dual credit students are not eligible for Student Aid.
- 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 Completion Guide.
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- ENGL100 Academic Writing and one baccalaureate level English course
- Six Social Science courses (Anthropology, Archaeology, Criminology, Economics, First Nations Studies, Geography, Political Science, Psychology, Social Science, Sociology, Women and Gender Studies) at the baccalaureate level
- Two baccalaureate level open electives from the Humanities, Social Sciences, or Sciences.