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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
April 16, 2014
 
 
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Graduating Students' Checklist



IMPORTANT INFORMATION

For

Graduating Students(General and Honours English)


 

 


DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH AND FILM STUDIES REGISTRATION INFORMATION

English Program

STUDENTS ENTERING THEIR GRADUATING YEAR (GENERAL AND HONOURS)

 

As the WLU Undergraduate Calendar states:

  • "It is the student's responsibility to formally apply for graduation." (See Graduation/Degree Requirements)
  • "It is the student's responsibility to ensure that all program requirements have been met." (See Regulations Governing All: Honours Programs, Combined Honours Programs, and General Programs in the calendar in addition to knowing your specific English Program requirements)

For On-line Pre-Registration Procedures 

  • Program Selection March 1 - April 29
  • Check your Status in early June (to make sure  you meet the "major" and "year" requirements).
  • Register On-Line starting in mid-June (see schedule for dates, regulations, and opportunities for changes at website noted above)

For English Program Requirements, see the On-line Undergraduate Calendar or the website for the Department of English and Film Studies: www.wlu.ca/arts/english

INFORMATION ABOUT COURSE OFFERINGS WILL ONLY BE AVAILABLE ON THE DEPARTMENT WEBSITE. A tentative list of courses will be posted by the end of April.   Our Course Handbook, with detailed course information, will be posted by late May, but you should always check the official “Class Schedules” section of the University homepage for the most up-to-date information.

Program worksheets, to be used in order to track and plan your degree requirements, are posted on the department website (under Undergraduate Programs).  Worksheets are updated each May with program changes, if applicable, and new course offerings are added into the categories in which they count.

Honours English Program and Degree Checklist:

  •  at least 20 credits overall
  •  no more than 6.0 credits at 100 level
  •  English courses: minimum of 10 and maximum of 14 credits overall, including:
  •  1.0 credit at 100 level
  •  EN245 and EN246 (*Note: these ALSO fulfill Category requirements)
  •  EN291 (*requirement applies to students who began at WLU in Fall 2008, and ALSO fulfills Category requirements)
  •  at least 2.0 credits from Category 1 (not more than 1.0 from among Shakespeare courses)
  •  at least 2.0 credits from Category 2
  •  at least 1.0 credit from Category 3
  •  at least 1.0 credit from Category 4
  •  1.0 credit from 400-level English courses (*Note: these ALSO fulfill Category requirements.  You can take only 1.0 credit at the 400 level; if you register for more than 1.0, you will be removed without consultation from the extra course[s].)
  •  1.0 credit of required English credits may be chosen from senior Film Studies courses

  •  Graduation requirement: minimum 7.0 cumulative GPA in Major Subjects and 5.0 overall

 


Honours English in Combination with Another Honours Program and Degree Checklist:

  • at least 20 credits overall
  • no more than 6.0 credits at 100 level
  • English courses: 1.0 credit at 100 level, plus a minimum of 6.0 senior English credits, including:
  • at least 1.0 credit from Category 1
  • at least 1.0 credit from Category 2
  • at least 1.0 credit from Category 3
  • at least 1.0 credit from Category 4
  • .5 credit from 400-level English courses (*Note: this ALSO fulfills Category requirements.  You can take only .5 credit in English at the 400 level; if you register for more than .5, you will be removed without consultation from the extra course[s].)
  • Graduation requirement: minimum 7.0 cumulative GPA in Major Subject(s) and 5.0 overall
General BA Without Designation:
  • Students who have been registered in the three-year General program will receive the degree “General BA Without Designation,” provided the following requirements have been met:
  • at least 15.0 credits overall
  • no more than 7.0 credits at the 100 level
  • minimum overall GPA of 4.0


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

       
How do I make sure I have fulfilled my requirements for graduation?
•    The checklists above, in addition to the Worksheets on the Department website, are designed to help you ensure you will meet all your Program and Degree requirements. Your GPA is available on your LORIS record. Make sure you know what you have and what you still need BEFORE you select your courses for your final year, and ABSOLUTELY NO LATER THAN THE FALL TERM.


What does it mean to enter my final Honours year on Probation, or without a GPA of 7.0?
•    If you choose to enter the final year of Honours (or Combined Honours) while on probation or with a GPA below 7.0 in the Major subject(s), it is at your own risk.  In order to graduate in Honours you will have to raise your GPA to at least 7.0.  One way to raise your GPA is to re-take courses in which your grades were low, subject to all the regulations concerning maximum allowable courses, etc., which are noted above.
        If you do not achieve the required GPA, you will be eligible to graduate with a General BA Degree, with designated Major(s), provided you have satisfied the following requirements:
    •    at least 15.0 credits overall
    •    no more than 6 credits at the 100-level
    •    minimum GPA of 5.0 in Major Subject(s) and overall GPA of 4.0
    •    English courses: 1.0 credit at 100 level, plus a minimum of 4.0 and a maximum of 6.0 senior credits (1.0 credit of the required English credits may be chosen from senior Film Studies courses)


What if I exceed the maximum number of 100 level courses?
•    If you exceed the maximum number of 100 level courses, then the overall required credits for the degree will increase accordingly (e.g., the limit is 6 for Honours; if you have done 6.5, then you will need 20.5 overall credits to graduate).


What if I have more than 1.0 credits of 100 level English courses (e.g., 1.5 credits); do they count?
•    The extra credits are calculated into your English GPA, but do not count towards your required credits. They can be counted as electives.