BA Honours Major in History

The BA Honours Program is one that allows more specialization than is possible in the ordinary BA.  It is designed for students who wish a deeper insight and more intensive training in History, and who are able to meet the higher standards set.

However, while the BA Honours Program is intended to be more demanding than the ordinary BA, it does not emphasize original research or specialization to the same extent that the Master's degree does.

As part of the Honours Program a student must either take a two-semester Honours directed studies course or write an Honours Essay.  In either case there will be an oral examination at the end of the second semester.

Contact:  Dr. Philip Charrier, Honours Student Advisor

List of Honours' Essays.
 
For a complete description look under "Arts" in the University of Regina Calendar.

The Honours Essay Option Requirements

In the Honours Essay Course, the student will develop an essay of 8000-9000 words on a topic chosen in consultation with their advisor.  The Honours Advisor will assist students in identifying a suitable advisor.

The First Semester

During the first semester (when the student is registered in HIST 498), the student's advisor will:

  • Assist the student in defining a title for the study, the parameters for the research to be accomplished and a timeline for completion of the project.
  • At the end of the semester, submit a written progress report to the Head of the Department.  This will be discussed with the student.

During this semester, the student will:

  • Develop a clear outline (1-2 Pages) defining the topic and the specific subjects or themes to be studied as well as a bibliography of source materials.
  • Meet at least once every two weeks with the advisor to discuss progress with the research and writing.
  • Attend and contribute to the Honours Symposium which will be scheduled as a one-time event for all students registered in HIST 498 (normally 8-9 weeks into the semester).  Each student will make a 5-10 minute presentation relating to their work and discuss this with their peers and with faculty.

The Second Semester

During the second semester (when the student is registered in HIST 499), the student will:

  • Continue to meet with the advisor at regular intervals (usually once every two weeks) to discuss progress with the research and writing.
  • No later than 7 days prior to the beginning of the Honours exam period (this period is normally the second last week of classes), submit the final version of the Honours Paper to the Departmental Secretary.
  • During the Honours exam period, sit an oral examination of the paper which will involve a minimum of two and not more than three faculty members, including the Head of the Department of History as Chairman of the Committee.  The examination will be of approximately one hour's duration.

Assessment

Two grades will be assigned:

  • One (HIST 498) by the advisor based upon the student's work over the two semesters as reflected in the Honours Essay.
  • One (HIST 499) by the examining committee based upon the student's paper and performance in the oral examination.

The Honours Directed Studies Option Requirements

In the Honours directed studies course the student will undertake a sustained and wide-ranging analysis of some aspect of his or her major field under the direction of a member of the Department who acts as advisor.

The first semester

During the first semester (when the student is registered in HIST 498), the student's advisor will:

  • In consultation with another faculty member in the field, prepared a bibliography of published and/or unpublished works, to a maximum of 100 pages reading a week in each semester.
  • At the end of the first semester, submit a written progress report to the Head of the Department.  This will be discussed with the student.

During this semester, the student will:

  • Meet with the advisor at least once every two weeks to discuss the readings. 
  • Write two or three book reviews or a review essay (amounting in either case to a maximum of 2000 words). 
  • Attend and contribute to the Honours Symposium which will be scheduled as a one-time event for all students registered in HIST 498 (normally 8-9 weeks into the semester).  Each student will make a 5-10 minute presentation relating to their work and discuss this with their peers and with faculty.

The advisor's end-of-term report will be based on these three elements.

The second semester

During the second semester (when the student is registered in HIST 499), the student will:

  • Continue to meet with the advisor at least once every two weeks to discuss the readings.
  • Write two or three book reviews or a review essay (amounting in either case to a maximum of 2000 words).
  • During the Honours exam period (this period is normally the second last week of classes), sit an oral examination set by the student's advisor and the other faculty member who was originally consulted in preparing the bibliography of readings. The Department Head will be present for this exam.  The student will be allowed to choose two questions from a list prepared in advance by the advisor and the other Department member in the student's field, and will be given one half hour to consider them before the examination begins.  This examination will test the student's knowledge of both facts and interpretation, and will be based on the reading done over the two semesters in History 498/499.  The examination will be of approximately one hour's duration. Assessment

Two grades will be assigned:

  1. One (HIST498) by the advisor based upon the student's work over the two semesters.
  2. One (HIST499) by the examining committee based upon the student's performance in the oral examination.