Liberal Studies courses involve interdisciplinary examinations of knowledge from different subject areas. They help develop foundational skills that serve students’ career and life goals.

JIBC offers core liberal studies courses for its certificate, diploma and degree programs and accepts credit for completion of equivalent courses from other BC post-secondary institutions. Liberal studies courses completed in provinces and countries outside BC may be evaluated for equivalency at the student’s expense.



  • Individuals who are interested in developing foundational skills.

  • Students who are enrolled in a JIBC certificate or diploma program which requires core liberal studies courses for completion.

  • Future applicants to JIBC certificate or diploma programs who would like to complete prerequisite(s) or core liberal studies course(s) in preparation for program acceptance.


What are the BENEFITS OF taking LIBERAL STUDIES courses?

Liberal studies provide foundational skills to help students apply their specialized learning more successfully in the labour market and community settings. These skills are highly valued in most workplaces and can be applied to any field requiring analytical thought.

Skills Development
  • Critical thinking

  • Problem-solving

  • Communications

  • Literacy

  • Numeracy

  • Teamwork

  • Self-awareness


Which Programs have liberal studies Course Requirements?


Liberal Studies Courses

ENGL-1100 Academic Writing  ENGL-1110 Critical Reading and Writing 
ETHS-1100 Applied Ethics STATS-1100 Statistics
BUSN-1100 Business Communications BUSN-1101 Intro to Human Resource Management
BUSN-3100 Organizational Behaviour BUSN-3110 Project Management
BUSN-3115 Data & Research Management BUSN-4100 Labour Law in Canada
PSYC-1100 Introduction to Psychology RESM-2100 Research Methods
SOCI-1100 Reconciling Colonial Practices in Justice & Public Safety SOCI-4110 Multicultural Conflict and Social Justice
SOCI-4200 Organized Crime & Society SOCI-4400 Terrorism & Society

Students may be eligible to enroll in courses without entering into a program. We’ve found that some students choose to complete liberal studies courses to prepare themselves for applying to a JIBC program.


Some courses have prerequisites.




See a list of current textbooks. 

JIBC students in many liberal studies courses, specifically those in public safety, will be using open textbooks. JIBC open textbooks benefit students by reducing expenses without sacrificing teaching and learning quality.

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