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 Due to the achievement of inadequate GPA or course results, a student will be withdrawn from the honours program and placed in a general degree without designation.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. For students entering the university in September 2007, general degrees 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 general degree with the field of specialization of the honours program denoted on the general degree.
The Faculty of Arts offers interdisciplinary programs in Canadian studies, communication studies, cultural studies, global studies, history and philosophy of science, languages, medieval studies, Mediterranean Studies, near eastern studies, philosophy, political science and economics, and women's 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.
Available options allow students to combine general and honours programs with a secondary concentration in Urban Studies, Contemporary Studies with the Children's Education and Development Option, and honours programs with a secondary concentration in Administration 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.)