BA Degree Advising

BA Degree Advising is located on the third floor of Building 355 and provides academic advising to all Faculty of Arts and Humanities and all Faculty of Social Science degree students at any point in their studies.  If you are a new, continuing or returning BA degree student we are happy to meet with you to:

  • Declare or change your major or minors
  • Help you learn how to use the Goal Planning System (GPS) to monitor your degree progress
  • Help you to plan your course choices
  • Discuss how your transfer credits apply in your degree
  • Help you learn about how credits earned in an International Exchange can be used in your degree
  • Provide detailed program information
  • Provide graduation information
  • Refer you to other resources on campus 

Your BA Degree Advisors

Lynda Patterson

Phone: 250-753-3245, Ext. 2178
Location: Building 355, Room 307

Andrea Martin

Phone: 250-753-3245, Ext. 2603
Location: Building 355, Room 307

Robert Riggan

Phone: 250-753-3245, Ext. 2603
Location: Building 355, Room 305

Student drop-in every week, Monday through Thursday, between 9:00-11:00 and 13:30-15:30 in B355, room 305 or 307


Here are some useful instructions and links for New students:

  • All transcripts must be submitted to VIU Admissions. You can email your questions, or view more information on transcripts.

  • Once transcripts are assessed, credits will be added to your VIU Student Record. You can check lower level (first- and second-year) transfer credits on line through the BC Transfer Guide.

  • There may be a need for an instructional Faculty member or a Department Chair to assess the course syllabus for possible exemptions or other considerations.

  • Review course and program requirements. You can also select the VIU GPS (program planning system) option from the menu on your Student Record home page to create unofficial program audits:

  1. Launch GPS, then select “Add Goal.”
  2. Select the current calendar year.
  3. Select “Bachelor of Arts.”
  4. Select the program(s) (majors and/or minors).
  5. When finished selecting, save your goal (top of page) then open the new audit by selecting it from those listed on your GPS home page. These are unofficial and you can create as many academic goal options as you like. You can open an audit by selecting “Create Audit."
  • If you need more information about Registration, please call 250-740-6400 or visit our Web Registration Tutorial.

  • You should register for both semesters—Fall and Spring. If a desired course is full, you can be put on a wait list. Sometimes, reserved seats are not claimed and true seat availability is unknown until the course reserves are removed; then the course seats are available to all students.  Specifics about wait-list procedures. New students are advised to read through the Registration Guide.

  • See: Course Timetables.

  • Some courses carry prerequisites, so check course descriptions. You will attain “Third-year Standing” after completion of 54 credits.

  • All course descriptions can be viewed in the VIU Program and Course Calendar.

First-year students may be interested in the Connexions Learning Community courses, which support the rapid development of academic skills in an interdisciplinary social context.