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(Bachelor of Arts degree program)

**Starting 2022, the Vantage Arts program will no longer be offered. The last intake into the Vantage Arts was for the fall of 2021. Please look for our other continued program options under “Vantage Science” and “Vantage Engineering."**

Are you fascinated by the processes that are shaping our contemporary world? The UBC Vantage One Arts program includes courses in history, sociology, geography, political science, psychology, research and writing, to give you a solid foundation of knowledge in the arts and to strengthen your communication skills.

Vantage One arts progression

Wondering how you can progress from Vantage One to Year 2 of your UBC degree? Learn more here.


  • First year of UBC’s Bachelor of Arts, graduates of Vantage One Arts are fully prepared to transition into second year of the degree, so the program doesn’t add extra study time.
  • Includes Academic English courses, designed to further develop language skills alongside academic studies.
  • Small class sizes ensure a heightened degree of support from both faculty and fellow classmates.
  • With over 50 highly-trained faculty and staff at Vantage One, students are surrounded by a strong support network to enhance their academic performance, English language development, study skills, and overall preparedness for continuing degree studies at UBC.


All Vantage One Arts students complete Term 1Term 2 and Term 3 (May to July) at UBC's Vancouver campus. Upon successful completion of the Vantage One Arts program, you will progress into second year and finish your Bachelor of Arts at UBC Vancouver.

Students that complete the first year of their degree via Vantage One have access to a wide range of specializations (majors) in the areas of Humanities, Social Sciences, Fine Arts, and Interdisciplinary Focuses. To learn more about the different majors you can pursue, follow this link for the full list of options: 

Some majors may require additional application materials and prerequisites in your second or third year, while others can simply be declared. This is not a complete list from the UBC calendar, but it is a starting point to help you begin your research into the different majors. It is up to you to determine that you meet the appropriate requirements for the majors you are interested in. Speak to your academic advisor to help you plan your degree.

Most of these programs are third year entry (meaning that you start your major when you are in year 3). For most of these, you will need to take specific courses in year 2. Please consult your academic advisor or visit the calendar page for more information.

Available as majors or minors

Social Sciences

Anthropology; Geography; Linguistics; Psychology; Social Work; Sociology 


Art History, Asian Area Studies, Asian Language and Culture, Classical Near Eastern and Religious Studies, English, French, German, Hispanic Studies (Spanish), History, History and Philosophy of Science, Philosophy, Romance Studies, 


Canadian Studies; First Nations and Indigenous Studies;  Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice; Latin American Studies; Medieval Studies; Modern European Studies; Religion, Literature and the Arts*; Science Studies (minor); Speech Studies; United States Studies; Urban Studies (minor) 

Creative and Performing Arts

Music; Theatre

Available only as minors

Social Sciences

Anthropological Archaeology; Applied Animal Biology; Applied Plant and Soil Sciences; Education; Family Studies; Food and Resources Economics; Food Sciences; Nutritional Sciences; 


German Studies; Italian; Russian; Scandinavian Studies; 


African Studies; Asian Canadian and Asian Migration Studies; Critical Studies in Sexuality; Environment and Society; Health and Society; Law and Society; 

Creative and Performing Arts

Applied Music Technology

Available with additional prerequisite courses and application after your second year

Social Sciences

Computer Science; Economics; Mathematics; Political Science


Cognitive Systems; Interdisciplinary Studies; International Relations;

Creative and Performing Arts

Acting; Creative Writing; Film Production; Film Studies; Theatre Design & Production; Visual Art


All Vantage One Arts students must complete ASTU 204A, LLED 200, WRDS 150, VANT 140 and VANT 148 throughout Term 1 and Term 2. 

Additionally, a student in the Arts Cohort will have opportunities to investigate related themes of human behaviour and agency, political relations, socio-political inequality, power, and social constructions of identity and experience. Students in this cohort will examine these issues through classes in Psychology, Sociology, Political Science, and Arts Studies in Research and Writing. 


POLI 100 (3)
PSYC 101 (3)
SOCI 101 (3)

POLI 101 (3)
PSYC 102 (3)
SOCI 102 (3)
​VANT 149 (1)
ASTU 204A (3)
LLED 200 (3)
​VANT 140 (3)
WRDS 150 (3)
​LLED 200 (cont.)
​VANT 140  (cont.)
​VANT 148 (2)


Between September and July, Vantage One Arts students can undertake the following courses:

ASTU 204A (3)
Topics in Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities

This is an interdisciplinary course that focuses on the critical thinking practices we find in the humanities, in disciplines such as literary studies, art history, film studies, media studies, and history.  Humanities scholars study connections between forms of culture and the communities that produce them. They use artwork, texts, and films as important sites of inquiry, and interpret these sites to make complex claims about human societies. In this course, you will practice the ways that humanities scholars analyze different cultural forms, use them as evidence, and make claims about them in their scholarly writing.

SOCI 101 (3)
Social Interaction and Culture

This introductory sociology course asks several questions, including: How did you learn to become a member of society? Are your thoughts really your own? Can deviance sometimes be a good thing? Is social media influencing how you vote? Are cultures around the world becoming more similar? Together we will draw upon sociological approaches and data from different countries to formulate answers to questions like these. Our analyses will consider how systems of inequality intersect and are organized within and between societies, how social institutions shape how we think and act, and how social location influences our access to resources and opportunities. 

SOCI 102 (3)
Inequity and Social Change

This second sociology course invites you to reexamine your life experiences through the sociological imagination, seeking answers to questions such as: Would you be healthier or wealthier if you lived in a different region? In 2030, will the job you want still exist? Would your participation in a protest lead to meaningful social change? Together, we will address questions such as these as we explore sociological approaches to social inequality, social institutions,and social change.

LLED 200 (3)
Introduction to Writing in Academic and Professional Registers

This course introduces students to writing in university. It promotes deeper understanding of the role of language in achieving academic and professional registers by providing explicit instruction in language-linked strategies for writing effectively, individualized feedback, and extensive opportunities to write across a variety of university registers.

POLI 100 (3)
Introduction to Politics

This course offers a general introduction to the study of politics. Topics covered include key concepts such as power, ideology and identity; relevant actors including states, citizens and institutions; systems including democracy and authoritarianism; and various trends in contemporary politics such as globalization and conflict.

POLI 101 (3)
Introduction to Comparative Politics

This course explores a range of topics including the usefulness and potential limitations of comparative analysis, political ideologies, regime type, the role of civil society, nationalism, democratization, economic development, conflict and political culture. While much of this course focuses on the comparison of states and systems within states, it also explores differences and commonalities between other political groupings including resistance movements, regional institutions and non-state armed groups.

PSYC 101 (3)
Introduction to Biological and Cognitive Psychology

Introduction to Methods and Statistics, Biopsychology, Learning, Perception, Memory, and Cognition.

PSYC 102 (3)
Introduction to Developmental, Social, Personality, and Clinical Psychology

This course introduces some of the major research areas within the field of psychology: the scientific study of behaviour. The course begins with an overview of the field of psychology and its research methods. It then deals with several fundamental topics in psychology: social behaviour, intelligence, motivation, emotion, development and personality. The course concludes with the topic of psychological disorders.

VANT 140 (3)
Content and Language Enrichment Tutorials

Sustained language support for linked content courses in the Vantage One Program. Students develop strategies for self-directed learning.

VANT 148 (2)
UBC Vantage College Projects

Projects linked to topics explored in the UBC Vantage College Vantage One Program curricula.

VANT 149 (1)
Multidisciplinary Research Project

Research project that culminates in student-led conference and research presentation.

WRDS 150 (3)
Arts Studies in Writing

This interdisciplinary academic writing course provides students with opportunities to learn how to participate in the research cultures of the university.  In this version of the course, students are introduced to social scientific ways of thinking and writing, and offered opportunities to contribute, as novice researchers, to scholarly conversations about global citizenship.