Interdisciplinary Studies

at UBC's

Vancouver Campus

In Interdisciplinary Studies, you'll design a cross-disciplinary program of study out of courses that are drawn from two of four broad categories – the Creative and Performing Arts, the Humanities, the Physical and Life Sciences, and the Social Sciences – and that suit your individual learning and career goals.

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Program information

  • Campus: Vancouver
  • Faculty: Faculty of Arts
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
  • Length 4 yrs
  • Co-op Yes
    You can combine your studies with full-time, paid work at top local and international organizations.
  • Honours No
    You can study intense specialization in a single field.

If you are an independent student with a wide curiosity across different areas of interest, this program offers you the opportunity to expand your studies beyond narrow academic disciplines and design a cross-disciplinary course of study that focuses on two of the following categories: Humanities, Sciences, Social Sciences, or Creative and Performing Arts. This program offers the equivalent of a Major in Interdisciplinary Studies as an alternative to the department-based Major.

Campus features

With 11 separate academic Faculties, 11 Schools, and 2 Colleges at UBC’s Vancouver campus (not to mention many outstanding museums, and other facilities of learning), and hundreds of undergraduate course options, there is a virtually infinite range of possibilities for constructing a self-tailored program of study.

Your future

A UBC education will introduce you to people and ideas from around the world, open doors to new opportunities, and take you places you never imagined. You’ll graduate not only with expertise in your chosen field, but with the skills you need to continue growing, learning, and evolving with your career over time.

Program requirements

English-language requirements

English is the language of instruction at UBC. All prospective students must demonstrate English-language competency prior to admission. There are numerous ways to meet the English Language Admission Standard.

General admission requirements

IB Diploma Programme

  • Completed IB Diploma, including at least three Higher Level courses.

IB Certificate Courses

  • IB Certificate courses (Standard and Higher Level) may be used in an admissions average if you are graduating from a recognized high school curriculum that can be used as your basis of admission.
  • Students who complete the IB Diploma in English are required to achieve a minimum score of 3 in an IB Group 1 English course at either Standard or Higher Level. (If you are an international student with a score of less than 3, you may be eligible for UBC Vantage One programs.)
  • IB Math Applications and Interpretations SL, or IB Math Studies, do not satisfy the math requirement for admission to UBC’s science-based programs, the Faculty of Management, the UBC Sauder School of Business, or the Vancouver School of Economics.

Degree-specific requirements: Arts

  • No specific courses required beyond those needed for general admission

Related courses

The following subject categories are particularly relevant for this degree. Consider taking courses in these areas in your junior year and senior year.

  • Language Arts
  • Mathematics and Computation
  • Second Languages
  • Social Studies
  • Visual and Performing Arts
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