Why Arts? Why RandR?

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Why study Arts at Okanagan College?

Cultivate your passion for and your understanding of the human condition and our social world while you develop practical skills and applications of knowledge for work and life. Society and employers need graduates with:

  • Expertise in understanding social interactions and human behaviour
  • Highly-effective communication skills
  • Capacity to think creatively and critically
  • Broadbased knowledge to support continuous learning in an ever-changing world
  • Ability to quickly synthesize large amounts of information
  • Robust quantitative and qualitative research skills

Okanagan College Arts classes offer exceptional instruction from college professors who are enthusiastic about teaching. Small classes mean a friendly and inspiring learning environment where you can get the personal attention you need. Become part of our learning community. Nurture your talents in our supportive classrooms as you balance your studies, social life and personal development.

As David Naylor, former president of University of Toronto writes, there are skills every student should gain during their post-secondary education experience: “quantitative reasoning…critical thinking; effective writing and communications; problem-solving; and ethical and social reasoning. These are competencies for a lifetime, for any job, and for every citizen."


What can I do with an Arts degree?

OC University Studies - Arts courses and programs are varied and versatile, providing knowledge and skills that will enable you to develop and advance in your life, education and career. After completing the two-year Associate of Arts degree, consider further studies at Okanagan College or a University-transfer.

You can:

  • Transfer to a university in B.C. or beyond to complete a Bachelor of Arts degree.
  • Enter the third year of the OC Bachelor of Business Administration degree (BBA).
  • Consider graduate studies in Arts, such as a Master of Arts degree.
  • Go on to studies in Education, Law, and a wide array of Social Justice fields

Are OC Associate of Arts degree students happy with their education? 

Yes. According to BC Student Outcomes data, 95 per cent of Associate of Arts degree students at Okanagan College are satisfied with the education they received. 75 per cent have taken further studies after graduating from the program.


Why should I consider an emphasis in Resistance and Revolution? What doors will this open up for me? 

This emphasis will open students eyes and prepare them for further studies to pursue careers in: 

  • Law
  • Public Policy
  • Human Rights Advocacy
  • Social Work
  • Labour Relations
  • Criminal and Social Justice
  • Gender and Women's Studies
  • and others; speak with and advisor to chart your path.

Why was RandR created?

The Resistance and Revolution emphasis draws on a number of disciplines, including anthropology, communications, economics, English, geography, history, philosophy, political science, psychology, sociology, and gender studies. It is intended to a be a study of current and historical examples of how individuals and groups around the world have sought empowerment, equality, freedom and change through activism and advocacy, freedom of expression, and social justice. 

Explains Joan Ragsdale, Okanagan College’s Regional Dean for the Shuswap-Revelstoke region: “It is vital to understand what leads people to dramatic efforts to foment change, and to appreciate how the drive for social justice and empowerment is harnessed. The program will also sharpen students’ critical thinking and analytical skills, something that will serve them well in further studies or in career development.”

Read the full story about how RandR came to be developed here.


Is this program just about training protestors?

No. Resistance and Revolutions is an emphasis in the Associate of Arts degree offered at Okanagan College’s Salmon Arm campus. Students will gain critical insight into the social and political climates that have germinated resistance and revolution around the world. This will provide a foundation of knowledge, supplemented creative and critical thinking skills, that will benefit them in future studies and create pathways into numerous careers in the fields listed above.