UBC Okanagan has announced its formal plan to restructure the Bachelor of Arts degree. This proposed BA restructuring is intended to be enacted for official launch in the 2020 Winter session.

UBCO is asking for student feedback regarding the proposed restructuring. Before the new degree requirements will go into effect, the new structure needs to be approved by Faculty Councils for both the faculty of Arts and Creative and Critical Studies. After this, the proposal will also need to be approved by the student Senate. If all goes according to the proposed timeline, there will be a soft launch of the new degree in the 2019 Winter session.

According to the proposal, the reimagination of the current structure of the Bachelor of Arts at UBCO is based in the fact that the structure “has not significantly changed in practically three decades.”

The proposed new BA structure outlined in this document is the result of numerous meetings over an 18-month period of the Redesign Committee and two extensive rounds of consultation in both I.K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences and Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies.

Through the meetings and this restructuring process the key idea that recurred was the need for flexibility. This new BA structure is “built on a set of core, breadth, and specialised areas of knowledge. The core requirement provides the foundational skills and knowledge necessary to complete their degree successfully and that are expected from any student graduating with a university degree in Canada today.”

There will be multiple changes to the requirements for a Bachelor of Arts degree in order to incorporate the emphasis on flexibility and foundational skills. These changes are listed in the photo below, as taken from the BA restructuring proposal.

UBCO is asking for feedback on the new proposal. To give feedback visit this link .