FAQ

Registration

When you’re accepted to the UBC Faculty of Arts, you will receive a Registration Date and a UBC Student Number. If you’re considering the Faculty of Arts you have three choices when registering:

Co-ordinated Arts Program (CAP): An 18-credit coordinated academic program focusing on core topics in the humanities and social sciences. Topics vary by year.
Arts One: An 18-credit, integrated, team-taught program focused on a general theme of concern within the humanities. Themes vary by year.
Custom Timetable: Individually designed timetables chosen by students to meet the degree requirements while also permitting a broad exploration of courses. Courses are not linked by common themes or assignments. Class sizes are typically large and 100-level courses are open to first, second, third, and fourth year students.
Both CAP and Arts One allow for an additional 12 credits of electives.

The registration method is the same for all UBC courses. On your given registration date, you will select and add your course choices in your Student Service Centre (SSC).

The term Custom Timetable refers to the mainstream choice for First-Year Arts. This program does not group students in to cohorts, there are no core courses, and students are responsible for choosing their own courses and timetables. A Standard Timetable is what is offered to students who enroll in CAP. There are fixed sets of courses that are linked together, and all courses in a set must be taken.

What is a cohort program?
Arts One
Co-ordinated Arts Program
Science One
Co-ordinated Science Program
All of the UBC Gateway Programs are housed in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, where there is a dedicated study space for all Gateway students.

Coordinated Arts Program (CAP)
Arts One Program                 
 Custom Timetable
Humanities and Social Sciences
Humanities
Humanities and/or Social Sciences
18 required credits. Each stream is comprised of a specific group of courses to make up these credits.
18 required credits. 6 credits each of English, History, and Philosophy.
30 credits is considered a full course load. The only first-year requirement is enrollment in an English or ASTU course that fulfills the Faculty of Arts’ Writing Requirement.
Fulfills Faculty of Arts’ Writing Requirement and 3 credits toward the Literature Requirement. Note: PPE does not fill the Faculty of Arts’ Literature Requirement.
Fulfills Faculty of Arts’ Writing Requirement and 3 credits toward the Literature Requirement
Students are responsible for ensuring they take courses that fulfill the Faculty of Arts’ degree requirements.
Restricted to First-Year students.
Restricted to First-Year students.
Open to students in any year and any program.
Maximum enrollment of 100 students per stream (except PPE and Individual & Society); seminars of approx. 25 students.
Maximum enrollment of 100 students; seminars of 20; tutorials of 4.
Class size varies.
Faculty design courses to engage a similar topic and discuss shared issues within and across their disciplines.
Team-taught lectures, seminars, and tutorials.
No intentional cohesion or linking between course
Students are organized into cohort groups, and take courses together.
Students are organized into cohort groups, and take courses together.
Students are not organized into cohorts.
Only offered at UBC Vancouver campus.
Only offered at UBC Vancouver campus.
Available at UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan.
Visit Faculty of Arts First-Year Study Options for more details. For a complete listing of the specializations offered in the Faculty of Arts, visit the UBC Calendar or the Faculty of Arts website.

 

Students who wish to enroll in CAP must meet the University Admission Requirements. There is no separate application for CAP. Once admitted to UBC’s Faculty of Arts, students have the opportunity to register for CAP on a first-come, first-serve basis.

All students must register for courses using UBC’s Student Service Centre. Once you have been accepted to the Faculty of Arts, you can register in CAP by selecting the Standard Timetable (STT) for your chosen stream. You can then choose to add other courses, up to an additional maximum of 12 credits. Registration for CAP is on a first-come, first-served basis, so register as soon as you can. Here is a step-by-step guide to help you through the process. For more information on registration, visit the UBC Registration Guide.

The required courses in each CAP stream make up 18 credits. Students can take up to 12 additional elective credits outside of CAP (30 credits is the maximum students can take in an academic year). Of the 18 core credits in CAP, the two-semester course, ASTU 100, fulfills 3 credits of the Faculty of Arts’ Writing Requirement, and 3 credits of the Faculty of Arts’ Literature Requirement. However, in the PPE stream, students take ASTU 101, a one-semester course which fulfills the Writing Requirement but not the Literature Requirement.

Ideally, everyone will be able to register in their preferred stream and/or courses. However, if your first choice is full at your assigned registration time, be sure to have additional options in mind. It is important that you register for courses early, even if you do not get your first choice. In many cases, space will become available over the summer and during the first week of September before the Add/Drop deadline. You can check the status of a course/stream by viewing it in your Student Service Centre (SSC).

About CAP

Arts Studies 100/101 (ASTU 100/101) is a required component of all CAP streams. This small class of approximately 25 students is only offered by CAP. The small setting is ideal to help students hone their critical reading and thinking skills, develop their scholarly writing skills, and learn university-level research skills. ASTU 100 (Media Studies; Global Citizens; Individual & Society; Law & Society) fulfills the Faculty of Arts’ 3 credit Writing Requirement, and 3 credits of the Faculty of Arts’ Literature Requirement. ASTU 101 (PPE) fulfills the 3 credit Writing Requirement.

Each CAP stream combines distinct scholarly perspectives from different disciplines to consider a broad research topic. You might choose a CAP stream based on the courses it offers, or based on the kinds of questions you might get to consider with your cohort. You might also want to think about what majors you are considering, and what pre-requisites you might need to satisfy.  For more information on the different streams open to you, visit the streams page. In all of the CAP streams, regardless of the core courses, you will have the opportunity to engage with faculty and peers in a more in-depth manner than in the Custom Timetable. The relationships you build can contribute to a more dynamic and supportive first year experience at UBC.

For additional assistance on choosing a stream, please contact the Academic Advising Office at (604) 822-4028 or arts.advisor@ubc.ca (Domestic students), arts.international@ubc.ca (International students), or arts.aboriginal@ubc.ca (Aboriginal students).

No. All of the courses in a particular stream contribute to the CAP's multidiscplinary learning community; to participate in the program, students must enroll in a stream and take all required core courses for that stream. Students can take up to 12 additional credits outside of CAP as electives in their first year of study.

Every year since 2005, on average, one-quarter of CAP students have come from outside Canada. In comparison to Arts One and the Custom Timetable, the percentage of incoming international Arts students is significantly higher in CAP, which suggests that CAP is the program of choice for international students.The diversity of students in CAP classrooms contributes to an environment of dynamic cultural knowledge and perspectives. Both international and domestic students gain exposure to a variety of skill sets and learning styles, and by interacting closely with their peers, students have the opportunity to share views on global experiences and issues. The cohort experience of CAP prepares our students to deal with the complexities of increasingly globalized societies.For more information and resources for international students, visit the International Students website.

Yes. Even though you don’t need to choose your major in your first year, CAP can help you decide which major is right for you. By introducing you to multiple disciplines and highlighting the differences and similarities between scholarly practices in each, CAP can give you greater insight into which subject area is a good fit for you. For more information on the CAP streams, visit Our Streams.

Yes. If you have chosen to major in a discipline in the Faculty of Arts, CAP can help you get started in that discipline, and you can begin to fulfill your degree requirements right away. If you know which subject you would like to major in, be sure to examine the different stream options and choose one that fits your academic plans. For more information on the CAP streams, visit Our Streams.

Each of the first-year options in the Faculty of Arts requires a commitment to rigorous and in-depth study. CAP requires the same number of classroom hours as the Custom Timetable option. In general, the amount of work – in terms of readings, study time, and assignments – is similar across all three programs. Though the content of your CAP courses may be linked, this does not mean less work is required of you.

In ASTU 100, students will learn to orchestrate scholarly voices and produce research papers at a university level. Our alumni often report that ASTU has helped improve their academic writing skills. Students are also encouraged to meet with their instructors during office hours if they have any concerns or questions. If you need additional assistance, UBC's Writing Centre is a great resource to gain feedback on your writing.

CAP is designed to introduce you to a variety of disciplinary perspectives and help you develop abilities that will benefit you in future academic and professional endeavours. Additionally, many students who complete CAP go on to achieve higher GPAs in subsequent years than students who chose the Custom Timetable for their first year of study. Significantly, CAP alumni consistently report that they would recommend the program to high school students. Read some of the testimonials from our former students to learn how CAP helped them beyond first year.

No. CAP is designed to help you fulfill some of your degree requirements without adding additional time to the length of your degree. If you continue to take a full course-load in the Faculty of Arts for the remaining years of your degree, you will be able to graduate on time.

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Contact Counselling Services at 604-822-3811 or drop-by Room 1040 Brock Hall, 1874 East Mall. Contact Health Services at 604-822-7011 or drop-by the Main Floor of the UBC Hospital/Koerner Pavillion at M334-2211 Wesbrook Mall.

For questions related to your academic studies (ie. exam conflicts, transfer credits, grade disputes, etc.), contact the Arts Academic Advising Office at 604-822-4028. If you would like to email them, please include your student number and select the appropriate email address from the list below:

Newly Admitted Students (Domestic) – arts.advisor@ubc.ca
Continuing Students (Domestic) – arts.askme@ubc.ca
International Students – arts.international@ubc.ca
Aboriginal Students – arts.aboriginal@ubc.ca
For more information on the resources available to you at UBC, check out the student resources and services on the New to UBC page.

You can also check out the Arts Learning Plan First Year Plan to find out how to make the most of your first year at UBC.