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UTP Stage II: Arts and Social Sciences

UTP Stage II: Arts and Social Sciences is equivalent to the first year of SFU's Bachelor of Arts degree. It provides the foundation for further study in many areas such as economics, English, international studies, political science, psychology, linguistics and criminology. UTP Stage II will help you choose the area in which you wish to specialize for your Bachelor of Arts.

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Program Normal Duration Total Program Fee

UTP Stage II

3 terms

C$29,777 for 30 credits (2020/21)

* Program fees are based on 30 credits of study at C$992.57 per credit. Students taking more than 30 credits of study will need to pay additional fees. Not for credit transfer Academic Literacy Course is a requirement for UTP Stage II Direct entry.



January, May, September

UTP Stage II:Arts and Social Sciences

Choose at least six courses from the following options:*

  • Brain, Mind and Society
  • Canada since Confederation
  • Canadian Aboriginal Peoples' Perspectives on History
  • Comparative Politics
  • Critical Thinking
  • East/West (World Literature)
  • Environmental Economics
  • Gender Talk
  • Global Challenges of the 21st Century: An Introduction to International Studies
  • Human Geography
  • Introducing Labour Studies
  • Introduction to Canadian Law and Legal Institutions
  • Introduction to Criminology
  • Introduction to Indigenous Studies
  • Introduction to International Politics
  • Introduction to Politics and Government
  • Introduction to Psychology I
  • Introduction to Psychology II
  • Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology
  • Introduction to Statistics for the Social Sciences
  • Introduction to English Sentence Analysis
  • Introduction to Linguistics
  • Justice and Law
  • Literature and Culture
  • Literature and Perfomance
  • Literature Now
  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • The Social History of Canada
  • US Politics

Choose up to four courses from the following options:

  • Behaviour in Organizations
  • Calculus I
  • Calculus II
  • Calculus I for the Social Sciences
  • Communication and Social Change
  • Contemporary Health Issues
  • Discrete Mathematics I
  • Financial Accounting
  • Global Perspectives on Health
  • Graphic Design
  • Introduction to Biology
  • Introduction to Communication Studies
  • Introduction to Computer Programming I
  • Introduction to Computer Programming II
  • Pre-calculus
  • Studio Physics

Entry to second year at SFU

Bachelor of Arts

Areas of study
    • Anthropology
    • Asia-Canada Studies
    • Cognitive Science
    • Criminology
    • Economics
    • English
    • First Nations Studies
    • French
    • Gender, Sexuality Women's Studies
    • Gerontology
    • Hellenic Studies
    • History
    • Humanities
    • International Studies
    • Labour Studies
    • Languages
    • Latin American Studies
    • Linguistics
    • Philosophy
    • Police Studies
    • Political Science
    • Psychology
    • Public Policy
    • Sociology
    • Urban Studies
    • World Literature

    For more information on SFU's Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, visit

    You must complete a minimum of 10 academic courses at FIC and have a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5 upon completion of your UTP Stage II to be

    guaranteed transfer to the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree program at SFU.  Please see the FASS website and SFU Calendar regarding specific major program declaration requirements: Course offerings and required courses may change without notice. *A student advisor can help you choose appropriate courses to satisfy SFU entry requirements.


Potential career paths

There are an endless number of career opportunities available to Arts and Social Sciences graduates. More than half of all advertised positions that require a university degree do not specify a required degree discipline. The reason is that a university education, and especially a university education in Arts and Social Sciences, is as much about skill development as it is about content, and the skills you develop in Arts and Social Sciences are highly valued by employers.

Possible Career Paths include
  • Advertising
  • Civil Service
  • Corporate Communications
  • Interpreter
  • Journalism
  • Marketing
  • Mass Communication
  • Media Specialist
  • Public Relations
  • Research
  • Sales Management
  • Tourism

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