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 options/minors in other disciplines to a maximum of two. The successful completion of a secondary program will be recognized on the student's transcript at graduation.
Numerous options allow students to combine honours programs with a secondary specialization, e.g., Legal Studies, Management Option.
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.)
Students are admitted to Laurier into honours programs only. Due to the achievement of inadequate overall GPA, or area of specialization GPA, or course results, a student will be withdrawn from the honours program and placed in a general degree without designation.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. General degrees in the Faculty of Arts 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 BA or BSc degree (without General or Honours) with the major of the honours program and a maximum of two eligible options/minors denoted on the transcript. Concentrations or specializations are not allowed with this degree. A major and overall GPA of 5.00 is required.
Students whose overall GPA is a minimum of 5.00, are allowed to register in Honours Arts without specialization for Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3 and may graduate with a general BA without designation or transfer into an area of specialization at any time when they have met the required course requirements and GPA regulations and have been approved by the academic department.
The Faculty of Arts offers many interdisciplinary programs in applied water science, cultural studies, environmental science, history and philosophy of science, languages, medievalism and medieval studies, North American studies, and women and gender studies. An interdisciplinary program combines core courses with courses from other disciplines. This provides students with an opportunity to explore different themes or fields of study.