Liberal Arts

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Wanted: Open minds with bright futures.

Yukon University’s Liberal Arts programs provide a foundation to a variety of social science and humanities disciplines that offer a range of career opportunities for you to explore.

COVID-19 and Liberal Arts in 2020-2021

COVID-19 has disrupted many university activities, but Liberal Arts courses are among the more lightly affected. All scheduled courses will be offered online this academic year. Some courses may have weekly scheduled video-conferenced sessions while others may run entirely online. See the course pages for details. The pages are being updated as delivery plans are finalized.

Some courses have been cancelled. Liberal Arts students registered in any CRIM course, PHED 222 or THEA 200 should drop those courses and select alternatives.

Contact the School of Liberal Arts or a program advisor for assistance or for more information about COVID-19-related changes to the program and its courses.

Program description

The Liberal Arts programs are designed for students wishing to transfer to a university degree or related program such as:

  • Arts
  • Communications
  • Education
  • Educational or Clinical Psychology
  • Environmental Policy and Management
  • Literature and Letters
  • Public History and Writing
  • Public Policy and Research
  • Recreation
  • Social Services
  • Social Work
  • Tourism

Both Liberal Arts programs reflect the belief that degree-bound students ought to acquire solid critical thinking, research and communication skills through introductory study in a variety of social science and humanities disciplines. They also present an ideal opportunity for continuing education or for exploring various educational and career paths.

Admission requirements
  • Grade 12 graduation with English 12

If students do not meet either admission requirement, they should explore entry options with a Program Advisor.

Graduation requirements

To graduate, Certificate students must

  • complete ENGL 100 and ENGL 101 (6 credits)
  • complete two social-science electives (6 credits)
  • complete two science electives (6 credits)*
  • complete four open and Liberal Arts electives (12 credits)

In addition, Certificate students must

Diploma students must

  • complete all Certificate requirements (30 credits and demonstrate YFN CC)
  • complete two 200-level English literature (ENGL) electives (6 credits)
  • complete four 200-level electives (12 credits)
  • complete four open or Liberal Arts/Science electives at 100 level or above (12 credits)

In addition, Diploma students must

  • complete at least 50% of the work at Yukon University
  • maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 (C average)

NOTE ABOUT LANGUAGES: While not a requirement, study of a second language is encouraged so students meet the second-language requirements of many universities.

IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT LIBERAL ARTS/SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT AND OPEN ELECTIVES: Liberal Arts certificate students may take up to 6 credits, and diploma students up to 12 credits, from outside the School of Liberal Arts and School of Science (but excluding Continuing Studies).

However, students must recognize that such coursework may not be transferable to programs at other post-secondary institutions and may result in a credit shortfall upon transfer. Students working towards a degree or program at another institution or planning to continue post-secondary studies in the future should check their course selection with a Program Advisor.

*NOTE ABOUT SCIENCE REQUIREMENTS: As of May 2019, science elective courses no longer require labs. Please check with a Program Advisor to discuss options.

Yukon First Nations Core Competency

Yukon University recognizes that a greater understanding and awareness of Yukon First Nations history, culture and journey towards self-determination will help to build positive relationships among all Yukon citizens. As a result, you will be required to achieve core competency in knowledge of Yukon First Nations.

For details, visit Yukon First Nations Core Competency


For transfer information on a specific Yukon University course, click the 'Check the BC Transfer Options' link on the course’s information page. For additional information, consult a Program Advisor.

Money matters


Tuition for credit programs is calculated per course credit. See money matters for more information.

Some programs and courses have additional fees -  see Ancillary Fees.

Student financial awards

Education is an investment in your future, your family and your community. Yukon University is pleased to support that investment by offering some of the most competitive tuition rates in the country, as well as several student financial awards to help offset your educational and living costs.

Financial assistance

There are government programs, scholarships, bursaries, awards and First Nation funding available to financially support you throughout your academic career.

See money matters for more information, or talk to our financial advising staff in the Student Services Centre. Email or call 867 668 8720 to make an appointment.

Program Guides

A program planning guide lays out the courses and requirements needed to graduate from a particular program. It guides you through course selection options for each term, provides a sample program pathway and acts as a tool to track your progress.


Due to technical difficulties, course lists are not currently being updated. For the most up-to-date course information, please see the Banner course search tool.
Core English
Title Campus Scheduled
ENGL 100 - Academic Writing and Critical Thinking Whitehorse (Ayamdigut), Online/Video
ENGL 101 - Introduction to the Study of Literature Whitehorse (Ayamdigut), Online/Video
Science courses
Title Campus Scheduled
ANTH 101 - Biological and Forensic Anthropology Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ANTH 140 - Introduction to the Fields of Anthropology Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ASTR 100 - Introduction to Astronomy
BIOL 101 - Principles of Biology I Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
BIOL 102 - Principles of Biology II
CHEM 110 - The Structure of Matter Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
CHEM 111 - Chemical Energetics and Dynamics
ENVS 100 - Introduction to Environmental Science I Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ENVS 101 - Introduction to Environmental Science II
ENVS 225 - Environmental Change and Fish and Wildlife Health Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ENVS 226 - Environmental Change and Community Health
ENVS 227 - Yukon Source Water Protection and Watershed Stewardship
GEOG 101 - Introduction to Physical Geography I Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
GEOG 102 - Introduction to Physical Geography II
GEOG 290 - Climate Change and the Circumpolar World
GEOL 102 - Geomorphology
GEOL 105 - Physical Geology Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
KINE 100 - Introduction to Human Physiology
MATH 100 - Single Variable Calculus I Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
MATH 101 - Single Variable Calculus II
MATH 105 - Introductory Statistics
MATH 120 - Mathematics for the Life Sciences
MATH 141 - Mathematics for Business Online/Video
NOST 201 - The Natural History of the North Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
NOST 326 - Lands and Environments of the Circumpolar North I Online/Video
NOST 327 - Lands and Environments of the Circumpolar World II
PHYS 100 - Introductory Physics
PHYS 101 - Elementary Physics I Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
PHYS 102 - Elementary Physics II
Title Campus Scheduled
ARCV 140 - Archives and Collections Management
Computer Science
Title Campus Scheduled
CPSC 128 - Object Oriented Programming I
Environmental Studies
Title Campus Scheduled
ENST 200 - Environmental Perspectives Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ENST 201 - Environmental Ethics
Title Campus Scheduled
KINE 100 - Introduction to Human Physiology
Title Campus Scheduled
LANG 140 - Language and Culture Preservation Online/Video
LANG 240 - Language Activism
Title Campus Scheduled
PHIL 120 - Introduction to Ethics Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
PHIL 230 - Bridging Knowledges Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
Religious Studies
Title Campus Scheduled
RELI 100 - World Religions I
RELI 101 - World Religions II
Social Work
Title Campus Scheduled
SW 200 - Introduction to Social Work Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
Title Campus Scheduled
THEA 200 - Introduction to Acting I