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A BA Honours program is one that allows more specialization than is possible in the BA. It is designed for students who wish a deeper insight and more intensive training in their subject of special interest and who are able to meet the higher standards set. Students interested in entering an honours program should consult the head of the department concerned as early as possible in their academic programs, so that the program of studies may be planned in conformity with the requirements of the proposed honours program. Students are allowed to count a maximum of 14 introductory courses towards the program, see §9.7.4. Requirements

The BA Honours program consists of a minimum of 120 credit hours and must include the following:

  • All of the BA core requirements.
  • A requirement of 51 to 66 credit hours in the major as determined by each department, including a minimum of 12 credit hours at the 400 level in not fewer than 3 courses. Students should check the calendar entry of the department concerned for specific requirements.
  • An honours paper or comprehensive oral or written examination. Special Regulations for Honours Programs

Students who fail more than 9 credit hours after their first academic year (i.e., after the first 30 credit hours attempted) are not eligible to enter or complete an Honours program. If there are extenuating circumstances, they may appeal to the Faculty's Student Appeals Committee to have this regulation waived. If the Committee grants the appeal, the student must still comply with all other regulations governing admission and graduation, and will be allowed no further failed courses. Application Procedures for Honours Programs

Requirements for admission to Honours programs are outlined in § There is a formal application procedure for the Honours programs; application forms are available from the Arts Student Services Office and College Registrars or on the web at  Students can apply in the semester in which they will complete 60 credit hours (although Psychology majors must have 60 credit hours completed and graded). Some departments have additional requirements; please refer to the departmental sections for more information.




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