General Arts and Science (GAAS) Diploma to Bachelor of Arts (General major) Degree Transfer Program

Program Information

Our Bachelor of Arts (General) degree program is a great choice if you are looking for a multidisciplinary education that allows you the freedom to explore your interests. The program provides you with the opportunity to discover what university really has to offer: the opportunity to develop skills in analysis, critical thinking, and good communication. Our General Arts program has fifteen departments, within the Faculty of Social Science & Humanities, choose courses from: Criminology, English, History, Indigenous Learning, Interdisciplinary Studies, Languages, Media Studies , Music, Northern Studies, Outdoor Recreation, Parks and Tourism, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology, Visual Arts, and Women's Studies. 

How the Transfer Program Works

You enter into Year 3 of the three-year Bachelor of Arts (General major) program, and can complete your degree in as little as one year. You will need to complete two full course equivalents in the spring/summer terms prior to entering Year 3. 

To see the courses that are part of the program, refer to our Academic Calendar and select:

  1. Programs & Faculties from the menu,
  2. Undergraduate Programs from the Faculty of Social Sciences & Humanities section, 
  3. General Arts Programs from the list of programs, and the
  4. BA (General) College Pathways Program.  

Admission Requirements

To be consider for admission, you must:

  • Complete a two-year General Arts and Science (GAAS) Diploma from an accredited Ontario college, and
  • Achieve an overall average of at least 70%.

In addition, you must have completed at least two (2) one-semester college courses of advanced academic content. 

Access the list of accepted courses that satisfy the above requirements.

If you have not completed these courses, you may be considered for admission. If you are granted admission, you may need to complete additional courses at Lakehead University.

Application Process

To apply, please:

  1. Use the Undergrad (105) application
    1. You may need to create an account first, if you have never applied using the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) before. 
    2. Find more information on applying via the 105 application
  2. Select the program General Arts (Pathways with All Ontario Colleges) (Thunder Bay & Orillia)The OUAC program code is ABB.
  3. Select your program and campus of choice from the Subject of Major Interest drop-down menu. 
  4. As you proceed through the application process, use the Online Transcript Request to have your transcript(s) sent to us, if applicable: 
    1. We require all of your post-secondary transcripts (i.e. from all colleges and universities attended).
    2. We do not require your high school transcript.
    3. Some colleges do not add in progress courses to their transcripts. If you are currently completing courses, you are encouraged to upload a screenshot of your upcoming winter term courses to your myInfo account. You will receive your myInfo login credentials in an acknowledgement email from us upon receipt of your application (which can take a few days after you apply using the OUAC).

Who Can I Contact If I Need Assistance?

If you have questions about the transfer program, and/or your application statuscontact Student Central.  

If you encounter issues with the application and/or requesting online transcripts, contact the OUAC

If you cannot access myInfo (our student information portal), try to recover your account first. If that does not work, contact Student Central.  


Learn more about the fees (e.g. application, transcript, document evaluation, etc.) that the OUAC charges

Learn more about the tuition & student fees for your transfer program. Keep in mind that the upcoming school year's fees are not available until June. Before June, you will most likely see last year's amounts. Refer to the Academic Year field if you are unsure.  

To help fund your education, learn more about our scholarships, bursaries and awards

If you are interested in applying for the Ontario Student Assistance Program, learn more about the program and its criteria.

Other Important Information

Take a look at our College & University Transfer Guide

Check out our campus. You can take a virtual tour, or you can book a campus tour

We also host numerous events throughout the year. We encourage you to attend one of our events to learn more about the transfer program.