BA Degree Advising

BA Degree Advising is located on the third floor of Building 355 and provides advising services to all Faculty of Arts and Humanities and all Faculty of Social Sciences degree students.

If you are 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 choose your courses.
  • Discuss how your transfer credits apply to your degree.
  • Help you learn how credits earned in an international exchange can apply to 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 a.m. and 1:30-3:30 p.m. in B355/R305 or B355/R307.

Here are some useful instructions and links for new students:

  • All transcripts must be submitted to VIU Admissions. You can email questions to or view information on ordering 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."

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.