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The Bachelor of Arts in Individualized Studies degree is a baccalaureate degree program structured to meet the general educational needs of learners in the liberal arts. For students with previous post-secondary education, the BAIS program recognizes affords students the opportunity to receive up to ninety (90) transfer credits. Students may choose to pursue a single or double specialization area of study in depth related to their career aspirations. The result is a degree program that suits the needs of students who desire a broad education experience and/or possess traditional course work experience that can be equated with credit-bearing courses.

Students completing the requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Individualized Studies degree will be required to demonstrate proficiency in a number of subject areas and related skills such as the following:

  1. The use of basic intellectual tools, specifically to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; to use mathematical reasoning; and to comprehend the nature, techniques, and limits of the humanities, natural or physical sciences and the social and behavioral sciences.
  2. The ability to learn and apply learning to the graduate’s career and life experience, requiring the capability to define problems; to use information resources such as libraries and computers; and to analyze, synthesize and integrate knowledge, perspectives and techniques.
  3. An understanding of the historic and global context of events and achievements over time as treated in subjects such as history, the arts and the humanities. Mastery of a considerable body of knowledge in one subject area or a group of related subjects.

BAIS Admission Requirements

Entrance Requirements for Canadian Students

Applicants from Secondary Schools in British Columbia

You are required to complete an approved provincially examinable Grade 12 program leading to graduation with British Columbia Certificate of Graduation or “Dogwood Diploma” prior to starting your degree program at the Vancouver Campus.

Program Grade 12 Grade 11
Bachelor of Science in Individualized Studies English 12 or English 12 First Nations
Three other approved Grade 12 courses (From group A, B, C, D, E)
At least two should be academic (From Group A, B, C, D).
English 11 plus a language 11
Mathematics 11
An approved Grade 11 Science course
An approved Grade 11 Social Science course

Groups referred to above

  • Group A: BC First Nations Studies 12, Calculus 12, Comparative Civilization 12, Economics 12, English Literature 12, Foundations of Math 12*, French 12 or français langue seconde 12, History 12, Law 12, Philosophy 12 (must be 4 credits), Pre-Calculus 12* , Social Justice 12, Sustainable Resources 12. *Pre-Calculus or Foundation of Math will be used for admission, not both.
  • Group B: Biology 12, Chemistry 12, Geography 12, Geology 12, Physics 12.
  • Group C: Any Language 12 courses; First Nations Language Courses
  • Group D: Accounting 12, Business Information Management 12, Marketing 12, Psychology 12, Entrepreneurship 12, Financial Accounting 12, International Studies 12, Information Technology 12
  • Group E: Music, Performing or Visual Arts 12 courses

Applicants from Secondary Schools in Other Canadian Provinces

Admission requirement varies by province. Please provide the Admissions Office with a copy of your current transcripts for preliminary assessment. The Admissions Office can be reached at 604-648-8112 by phone or vancouver-admissions@fdu.edu by email.

Recommendations

Two letters of recommendation are required. For students currently enrolled in a school or post-secondary institution, at least one must be written by a teacher or school counselor. If the applicant has been out of school for several years, a recommendation from an employer may be submitted. All letters of recommendation should be written on letterhead stationery and submitted to the Admission Office either directly from the recommender or in sealed envelopes.

Advanced Standing

Students who complete College Board Advanced Placement courses or International Baccalaureate exams, students with GCE A-level courses and students who have taken coursework at another university or college may be eligible for credit transfer. Please submit all relevant scores to us as soon as they are available.

If you have been enrolled in an academic program at a regionally accredited college or university for at least two years on a full-time basis, you are no longer required to submit high school transcripts. Please submit your college/university transcripts instead. Should you be admitted, a credential evaluation will be conducted to award appropriate transfer credits.

SAT or ACT scores

SAT or ACT scores are NOT required for admission consideration. However, an applicant may be eligible for higher scholarship award if they score above 1050 in SAT Critical Reading and Math combined sections, or above 23 in ACT. If an applicant has a SAT or ACT score, please request ETS (www.ets.org) to send official score reports to Fairleigh Dickinson University. Fairleigh Dickinson University’s SAT code is 5823, and ACT code is 2552.

Application Deadlines

Students are admitted on a “rolling basis”. Applications for the upcoming trimester are accepted up until the start of classes. Please refer to the FDU Vancouver Campus academic calendar for class start dates for Fall, Spring or Summer trimester.

Applicants can apply on-line  for the intake that is currently open for applications. Please e-mail vancouver-admissions@fdu.edu if you would like to change your start term to the earlier term. Change of start term option is only available to students with a valid status in Canada that allows them to enroll in the academic programs. Proof of status is required.

Early Admission

High school students who are in Grade 12 can apply for early admission in January for Fall classes start. Please include a copy of your Grade 12 interim results with your on-line application

Entrance Requirements for International Students

Education Requirements

An applicant must have graduated from an accredited or government recognized secondary school or have received his or her General Education Development (GED) certificate.

It is recommended (but not required) that an applicant completes the equivalent of 16 academic (university preparatory) units in secondary school.

Transcripts

For transcripts not in English, a notarized or certified English translation must accompany the original transcript. A transcript is official only when it is sent directly from an institution to Fairleigh Dickinson University-Vancouver’s Admissions Office, or when it is submitted in a sealed envelope stamped by the institution.

For admissions purposes, copies of the transcripts are acceptable. If the student is admitted, the official transcript will be required.

Recommendations

Two letters of recommendation are required. For students currently enrolled in a school or post-secondary institution, at least one must be written by a teacher or school counselor. If the applicant has been out of school for several years, a recommendation form an employer may be submitted. All letters of recommendation should be written on letterhead stationery and submitted to the Admission Office either directly from the recommender or in sealed envelopes.

English Language Proficiency

An applicant whose native language is not English is required to submit the results of a test of English Proficiency to the Office of International Admissions.  Students from Canada, Bermuda, the Bahamas, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand do not need to submit test scores.

Please refer to the English Proficiency page for more information on the language requirements for the specific programs.

An applicant who has previously attended a high school, college or university in Canada or the United States for more than two years and have earned passing grades in English courses may be exempt from an English proficiency exam.

Conditional Admission

Applicants unable to meet the minimum English language proficiency requirement can receive conditional admission by enrolling in one of the partner English language schools in Vancouver:

Please refer to the complete list of FDU Vancouver Campus Pathway programs for more information.

Applicants must file both a Vancouver Campus Application for Admission and a separate admission application to the English language school of their choice.

Advanced Standing

Students who complete College Board Advanced Placement courses or International Baccalaureate exams, students with GCE A-level courses and students who have taken coursework at another university or college may be eligible for credit transfer. Please submit all relevant scores to us as soon as they are available.

If an applicant has enrolled in an academic program at a regionally accredited college or university for at least two years on a full-time basis, high school transcripts are no longer required. Please submit the college/university transcripts instead. After an admission decision is made, a credential evaluation will be conducted to award appropriate transfer credits.

SAT or ACT Scores

SAT or ACT scores are NOT required for admission consideration. However, an applicant may be eligible for higher scholarship award if they score above 1050 in SAT Critical Reading and Math combined sections, or above 23 in ACT. If an applicant has a SAT or ACT score, please request ETS (www.ets.org) to send official score reports to Fairleigh Dickinson University. Fairleigh Dickinson University’s SAT code is 5823, and ACT code is 2552.

Application Deadlines

Fall (September start) term – June 1

Spring (January start) term – October 1

Summer (May start) term – March 1

Degree Requirements

The degree consists of 120 credits (40 courses) in multiple disciplines. These disciplines and the course requirements are described below.

Communication, Mathematics and Computer Skills: 18 Credits (6 Courses)

The ability to use the English language orally and in writing, the ability to understand and use basic mathematical symbols and the mastery of basic computer skills are required of all students in the Bachelor of Arts in Individualized Studies program.

Requirements

  • Written Communication: minimum 9 credits (3 courses)
    A combination of first, second, and third-year writing and advanced-level writing courses or their equivalents at other institutions. At least one advanced-level writing course must be taken at FDU. (Courses labeled Fundamentals of Composition are considered precollege level and do not count toward meeting degree requirements.)
  • Oral Communication: 3 credits (1 course)
    Public Speaking
  • Mathematics: 3 credits (1 course)
    At least one college-level math course, finite math or a more advanced course.
  • Computer Skills: 3 credits (1 course)
    Fundamentals of Computer use

Liberal Arts and Sciences: 24 Credits (8 Courses)

Students will be exposed to social, scientific, aesthetic, moral and religious ideas, the purpose of which is to gain insight into how the concerns of people are interrelated, how knowledge has been accumulated and how unsolved problems remain a challenge to humanity.

Requirements:

  • Humanities: 9 credits (3 courses)
    Nine credits from at least two of the following areas:

    • Art History/Appreciation
    • Literature
    • Music History/Appreciation
    • Theater History
    • Foreign Language
    • History
    • Philosophy
  • Social Sciences: 9 credits (3 courses)
    Nine credits from at least two of the following areas:

    • Anthropology
    • Economics
    • Geography
    • Political Science
    • Psychology
    • Sociology
  • Natural Sciences: 6 credits (2 courses)
    Six credits selected from the following areas.
    At least one must be a laboratory science course. A first-year science course for majors may be substituted for any of the recommended courses listed below:

    • Life Sciences (Biology)
    • Chemistry
    • Earth and Planetary Sciences (Geology, Physical Science)
    • Physics

University Core Courses: 12 Credits (4 Courses)

The BAIS program requires all students to complete a common University and College Core curriculum consisting of four integrated courses with a strong emphasis on the liberal arts.

Requirements:

  • INTER 1009 College Core A – Perspectives on the Individual
  • INTER 2013 College Core B – The American Experience
  • UNIV 2001 University Core A – Cross-cultural Perspectives
  • UNIV 2002 University Core B – Global Issues

Students entering with 30 transfer credits are required to take only three Core courses. Transfer students entering with 60 or more transfer credits are required to take only two Core courses.

International Perspective Course: 3 Credits (1 Course)

The world is no longer composed of countries that are isolated from each other. Economic, political and cultural independence have been replaced by interdependence. As the 21st century nears, knowledge of other countries is essential. This requirement may be met through one of a variety of designated courses from the following disciplines:

  • anthropology
  • business
  • economics
  • literature
  • fine arts
  • history
  • music
  • philosophy
  • political science
  • sociology

Specialized Studies: 18 Credits

In addition to providing liberal arts skills and broad exposure to the major bodies of knowledge, the BAIS program also allows students the opportunity to pursue a single or double area of study in depth. A minimum of 18 credits must be completed in each discipline or recognized concentration. Certain limitations apply, including a restriction on the number of courses offered by the Silberman College of Business Administration that can be completed and applied toward the degree.

Specialization Areas (non-exclusive):

Applied Technology – suitable for students interested in pursuing careers in:

  • computer programming
  • software development
  • computer systems analyst
  • technological support
  • webmaster or maintenance

Business – suitable for students interested in pursuing careers in:

  • accounting/finance
  • human resources
  • entrepreneurship
  • marketing
  • management

Communications – suitable for students interested in pursuing careers in:

  • business
  • marketing communications
  • public relations
  • digital media
  • training/education

Hospitality & Tourism – suitable for students interested in pursuing careers in:

  • Catering
  • Events organization
  • Tourism
  • Hotel management
  • Restaurant management

International Relations – suitable for students interested in pursuing careers in:

  • Government
  • Politics
  • United Nations/ambassadorship
  • Non-governmental organizations
  • International business

Course Descriptions