BA and BSc Programs and Regulations
Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Science (BSc) programs are offered by both the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Science. BA and BSc programs are offered at the general and honours level. (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 (or equivalent). 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 general majors, minors and options in other disciplines. The successful completion of a secondary program will be recognized on the student's transcript at graduation.
General degree programs are normally 15.0 credits (or equivalent). Students usually complete 5.0 credits (or 10 0.5-credit courses) a year for each of three years. General programs focus on one or more major subjects and emphasize a broad understanding of a discipline (history, fine arts, Spanish, etc.). Students combine the study of their major subjects with electives taken from other disciplines.
NOTE: General degrees without a major will be available to students beginning in September 2005. Effective September 2007, general majors will not be offered to any new students entering the university; that is, for new students entering the university in September 2007, general degrees will not have majors, options or minors. (The general BA program at Brantford will retain the name Contemporary Studies.) Minimum progression and graduation requirements for general programs without designations are effective September 2005.
The Faculty of Arts offers interdisciplinary programs in Canadian studies, communication studies, cultural studies, fine arts, 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.)