Course Registration FAQs

Registration and courses

All courses are worth a certain amount of credit. As an Arts student, you are eligible to take up to 30 credits over the winter session and 14 credits in the summer session (summer credits are not required).  If you want to increase the amount of credits you are permitted to take per term, review credit limit increase information and eligibility.

No, but new students must pay an acceptance deposit and continuing students must pay a registration deposit. More information about deposits.

Registration for all classes will happen in Workday. You will receive an email with your registration appointment approximately 1-2 weeks prior to registration for your year-level opening.

Learn more about registering with Workday.

A course code distinguishes one course from another. It also denotes what subject area a course belongs to, the year-level of that course, and the section number. For example, “ENGL 110_V 001” is an English course at the 100-level, with a course number of 110, and section number of 001.

A section is the particular class you register in. The section details include the time, location, term and professor. Each section has enrolment limits, so some sections might be full, while others might be available. Sections numbers come after the course number. For example, Eng 110_V, 001 refers to English 110, Vancouver campus, section number 001. Evening sections are usually given a 900-level section number. Labs and tutorials are usually given section numbers that start with LA and T. See a glossary of course schedule terms.

Degree and program requirements

Program requirements differ from the Degree Requirements. All students in the Faculty of Arts must complete the Degree Requirements, but program requirements are specific to each student’s chosen program (major).

No. You have an opportunity to explore and discover your interests in your first year. Most students declare or apply for their major at the end of second year. Browse a list of Arts programs and to see if they require application or self-declaration. You are required to complete a major in order to graduate as a Bachelor of Arts student.

First-year programs

Yes. The Co-ordinated Arts Program (CAP) and Arts One program consist of 18 credits each. If you choose one of these First-Year Programs, it leaves you with up to 12 credits to use.

Registration for CAP is the same as for any other course. Log in to Workday at with your Campus-wide Login (CWL).

Register in the appropriate CAP stream that best suits your interests. Remember to register in all required discussion groups. Visit the CAP website for more information.

Follow the instructions on the Arts One website.

Faculty transfers

If you want to transfer out of the Faculty of Arts to another UBC Faculty, you should visit the destination Faculty’s Advising office for transfer information.

If you want to transfer into the Faculty of Arts from another UBC Faculty, please meet with an Arts Academic Advisor to discuss your transfer credits and potential program.

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