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B.Mus. (Performance) from TRU-OL: General Education Requirements

Music Performance Diploma students planning to complete the Bachelor of Music program through Thompson Rivers University-Open Learning (TRU-OL) must earn 21 credits from a specified range of non-music courses, as listed below, to fulfill degree requirements. This is normally seven courses, which can be spread over the four-year MPD program at VAM. At least 6 of these credits (two courses) must be completed by enrolling in on-line courses with TRU-OL; these can be print-based or web-based courses. The other 15 credits can be completed through TRU-OL, or they can be transferred to TRU-OL from another school which is recognized for transfer credit by TRU-OL.

The cost of TRU-OL courses undertaken by students is not covered by the VAM tuition. For information on admissions and registration, a current list of courses, detailed course descriptions, fees and other helpful departmental information, consult the TRU-OL website.  Click “Programs”, then “Arts”, and then see “Music Programs”.

Students must select courses according to the following TRU-OL guideline:

English (Composition and Literature) 6 credits
Humanities 6 credits
Social Sciences 6 credits
Science or Math 3 credits
Total 21 credits

Some acceptable courses for these Humanities, Social Sciences, and Science/Math credits are listed below. For more information, consult the TRU-OL website and under “Programs”, then “Arts”, see “General Education Requirements for Arts and Science Degree Programs”.

Humanities: 6 credits are required, normally two courses

Voice majors are required to take 6 additional credits (two courses) in French, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian

  • Classical Studies
  • Fine Art (History and Survey Courses)
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Linguistics
  • Modern Languages and Literature
  • Philosophy

Social Sciences: 6 credits are required, normally two courses

  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Criminology
  • Economics
  • Geography (Regional)
  • Human Geography
  • International Relations
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

Mathematics/Science: 3 credits are required, normally one course

  • Astronomy
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Geology
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Geography
  • Physics