Academic Regulations Governing All Honours Programs
Unless stated otherwise, students in programs in the Faculty of Liberal
Arts are governed by university regulations for the honours and general
BA. For the Progression/Graduation Requirements and Probation regulations, consult the University Undergraduate Regulations chapter. For program-specific regulations, refer to the Departments section of this chapter.
University BA Regulations
- Course Equivalency
Programs may, with the approval of the dean, recognize a specific course as the equivalent of a required course when a student has obtained satisfactory credit for the course at this or another institution.
- Prohibition from Registration
- A student deemed by the program offering a particular course
to have the knowledge or skills taught in that course may be declared
ineligible to register for credit in that course.
- A student who has failed the equivalent of 2.0 junior credits in a subject,
whether the failure occurred in the same course(s) or different
course(s), will be barred from registering for credit in further junior courses in that subject, except by permission of the dean and program co-ordinator or designate.
- Directed Studies/Irregular Courses
Directed Studies/Irregular courses
dealing with subjects not covered by courses listed in the calendar may
be offered to individuals or small groups of students. All outlines for
Directed Studies courses together with the completed Directed Studies/Irregular Course Registration Forms must be submitted to the Dean for approval prior to the last day for adding a course in the term
in which the Directed Studies/Irregular courses begin. All outlines
must include a schedule of meetings, requirements for at least one
graded assignment and a list of readings.
- Honours Courses
Several programs offer a
limited number of courses which are specifically intended for, and
restricted to, honours students in the discipline.
For these courses, all other students require special permission from
the program concerned to register in the honours-level courses.
400 level seminars are open only to Year
4 honours students registered in the program in which the 400 level
seminar is offered. Other students wishing to take 400 level seminars
require permission of the program offering the course and the program in
which they are specializing. A 400 level seminar cannot be repeated.
- Interdepartmental Programs
The co-ordinator of an
interdepartmental program must authorize the student's program in
writing. Permission to take individual courses is granted by the
department or the program co-ordinator offering the courses.
- Double Counting
Students are permitted to double-count courses for more than one program in which the same course is a required course or an elective.
Academic Regulations for All Honours Programs
All students registered in honours programs are subject to the following regulations:
- An honours degree program must consist of a minimum of 20.0
credits (or equivalent), including at least 9.0 senior credits in the
area of specialization or at least 6.0 senior credits in each of two
areas of specialization at the honours level. Individual programs may
require more than this minimum. Students may elect to take a combined
Honours BA program (available combinations are described in the Departments section).
In cases where program descriptions of each of the constituent
parts of a combination stipulates a different number of courses required
for the combination, the larger total will apply.
- An honours program may not contain more than 7.0 junior credits.
For students electing to take a combined Honours BA program, in cases
where program descriptions of each of the constituent parts of a
combination stipulate a different maximum number of junior credits, the
lower amount will apply.
- Progression requirements for the honours BA program are based on
grade point averages (GPA) obtained from all courses taken and will be
calculated on a cumulative basis. For progression, the requirement will
be a minimum GPA of 5.00 (C) in each of the honours subject(s) of
specialization and a minimum overall GPA of 5.00. For graduation, a
minimum cumulative GPA of 7.00 (B-) in each area of specialization and
a minimum overall GPA of 5.00 is required.
programs have additional progression requirements stated in the program
description. Refer to Regulation 4 below and the Concurrent BA/BEd
program. Honours students enrolled in minors and options must satisfy
the progression and graduation requirements for those programs.
- Where student demand for entry or progression into Year 2 of an
honours program exceeds the availability of student spaces, students who
meet the minimum criteria for progression from Year 1 to Year 2 will be
considered for admission on the basis of their overall GPA (from all
courses taken at Wilfrid Laurier University). Programs that intend to
use other forms of GPA calculation must so advise students by October 1.
- Students enrolled in honours programs who have failed to achieve
the standing required for admission to the subsequent year of their
program must proceed in Honours Arts or the general CT program or may be
required to withdraw if general progression requirements are not met.
Honours BA programs are excluded from academic probation regulations. Students are expected to choose an area of specialization by the
end of Year 1 (5.0 credits). For those who are still undecided at that
point, they may continue in Honours BA Arts up to the time when they
have completed 15.0 credits. Honours BA Arts students progress through
Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3 if they achieve a cumulative GPA of 5.00 (C)
in Faculty of Arts credits. When the 15.0 credits have been successfully
completed, normally by the end of Year 3, students must make a choice
whether to graduate with a General BA degree without designation, or to
declare an honours program and continue into Year 4. It is the
responsibility of the student to fulfill the requirements of the honours
Students who fail to achieve a cumulative GPA of 5.00
in Faculty of Arts credits must proceed in the general program or may be
required to withdraw if general progression requirements are not met.
Honours BA programs are excluded from academic probation regulations.
- Unless other program regulations apply, students who have failed
a course may proceed in the honours program, provided they have the
required average. (For calculation of a GPA involving a repeated course,
refer to the section, Grades, in the University Undergraduate Regulations
chapter.) Such a student must repeat a failed course if it is a
required course. If it is not a course required for the program, the
student may repeat the course, or take an additional course. No course
may be attempted more than twice.
- At the end of Year 1, students may transfer into an honours
program from either a general or another honours program at the
discretion of the program. Thereafter, students may not transfer unless
they have maintained the progression requirements. All transfers after
the end of Year 1 must have the approval of both the dean and program
co-ordinator or designate.
- Students in honours programs and combination or joint honours
programs must have their entire program approved by the honours
program(s) by the beginning of each academic year.
- Any exceptions to the honours regulations require the written
approval of the dean and program co-ordinator or designate. Exceptions
that would make the number of credits required for graduation fewer than
20.0 are not permitted.
- At the end of Year 4 in a BA honours program, students
who are registered in an honours program, meet all progression
requirements and successfully complete all credits of that program, but
who cannot graduate from that honours program because their GPA is
insufficient, have the option of receiving a BA degree (without
General or Honours) which denotes the field of specialization of the
honours program and any eligible options or minors on the degree. An overall and major GPA of 5.00 must be met.
honours degrees will not recognize unsuccessful attempts at honours
subjects taken in combination: students in a combined honours program
who are unsuccessful in meeting the GPA requirements of one of their
honours subjects do not have the option of receiving a degree which
certifies completion of a single honours subject and a "general-level"
area of specialization.)
Academic & Related Dates 2013/2014