BA and BSc Programs and Regulations
Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Science (BSc) honours programs are offered by both the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Science. (For programs available in the Faculty of Science, refer to the Faculty of Science chapter.)
Honours degree programs are a minimum of 20.0 credits. Students normally take 5.0 credits (or 10 0.5-credit courses) each year for four years. Honours programs allow a more specialized study of a particular discipline, and are usually required for advanced study and research. Combination Honours BA programs allow students to combine honours work in two disciplines. An honours program in a discipline may also be combined with a secondary program from available option or minors in other disciplines. The successful completion of a secondary program will be recognized on the student's transcript at graduation.
Students are admitted to Laurier into honours programs only. Due to the achievement of inadequate overall GPA, or area of specialization GPA, or course results, a student will be withdrawn from the honours program and placed in a general degree without designation. General degree programs are normally 15.0 credits. Students usually complete 5.0 credits (or 10 0.5-credit courses) a year for each of three years. General degrees in the Faculty of Arts will not have majors, options or minors.
Students who have completed four years of an honours program but are unable to achieve the GPA necessary to graduate, may receive a BA or BSc degree (without General or Honours) with the field of specialization of the honours program and any eligible options or minors denoted on the degree. A major and overall GPA of 5.00 is required.
Students whose overall GPA is a minimum of 5.00, are allowed to register in Honours Arts without specialization for Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3 and may graduate with a general BA without designation or transfer into an area of specialization at any time when they have met the required course requirements and GPA regulations and have been approved by the academic department.
The Faculty of Arts offers interdisciplinary programs in Canadian studies, communication studies, cultural studies, history and philosophy of science, languages, medieval studies, Mediterranean Studies, near eastern studies, and women and gender studies. An interdisciplinary program combines core courses with courses from other programs. This provides students with an opportunity to explore different disciplines focusing on a particular theme or area of study.
Numerous options allow students to combine honours programs with a secondary specialization in Legal Studies, Management and/or Co-operative Education. The latter formally integrates a student's academic studies with work experience in co-operative employer organizations (for details, refer to the Co-operative Education in the Faculty of Arts - Departments section).
The Environmental Science Option is available to students registered in the Honours BSc program in geography, as well as other Honours BSc programs available through the Faculty of Science. (Refer to the Faculty of Science chapter for details of the Applied Mathematics Option.)