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, 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
departments may require more than this minimum. Students may elect to
take a combined Honours BA program (available combinations are
described in the Faculty of Arts - Departments section, the Faculty of Science - Departments section, and the School of Business & Economics - Economics Department section) or a joint Honours BSc program (available combinations are described in the Faculty of Science - 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.
- Effective September 2005,
progression requirements for the honours BA program will be 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.
This honours BA program regulation also applies to all honours BA and BSc programs in the Departments of Geography and Environmental Studies, Kinesiology & Physical Education and Psychology (Exceptions are noted in the program descriptions of the Psychology Research Specialist, the Political Science Research Specialization, the PPE and the Biology and Psychology joint programs).
Effective September 2005, progression requirements for the honours
BSc program will be based on grade point averages (GPA) obtained from
all courses taken and will be calculated on a cumulative basis. For
progression and graduation, the requirement will be a minimum GPA of
4.00 (C-) in each of the honours subject(s) of specialization and a minimum
overall GPA of 4.00.
This honours BSc program regulation also applies to honours BA and BSc programs in the Departments of Biology and Mathematics.
Some programs have additional progression requirements stated in the program description. Refer to Regulation 3 below.
Honours students enrolled in majors, minors and options must
satisfy the progression and graduation requirements for those programs.
Effective for new students admitted in September 2007, general major
designations will no longer be available to students in honours
- Where student demand for entry or progression into Year 2
of an honours program in arts or science 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). Departments 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 the general program or may be required to withdraw if general progression requirements are not met. Honours BA and BSc programs are excluded from academic probation regulations.
- Unless other department 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 Undergraduate University 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 department. Thereafter, students may not transfer
unless they have maintained the progression requirements. In
departments where there is a distinction between honours- and
general-level courses, students may count a maximum of 2.0 senior
general credits toward their honours course requirements. All transfers
after the end of Year 1 must have the approval of both the department
and the dean.
- Students in honours programs and combination or joint honours
programs must have their entire program approved by the honours
department(s) by the beginning of each academic year.
- Any exceptions to the honours regulations require the written
approval of both the department and the dean. Exceptions that would
make the number of credits required for graduation fewer than 20.0 are
- Effective September 2005, at the end of
Year 4 in a BA or BSc 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 general degree that notes
an area of specialization in the subject area(s) of their honours
programs. The grade point average and other relevant graduation
requirements for a general degree must be met. (Note: 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
Academic & Related Dates 2006/2007