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Degree Requirements


In order to earn a BA, a student must complete, with the necessary cumulative averages, the required number of prescribed and elective courses for either the General or the Honours program.

It is the student's responsibility to ascertain that all requirements for graduation have been met. Any exceptions in graduation requirements requested by a student must be approved in writing by the Examinations and Standings Committee of the Arts Faculty.

General Major Program

Students in the three-year General program with a major must complete a minimum of 30 term courses with a passing mark in each. Students in a four-year General program must complete a minimum of 40 term courses with a passing mark in each. All students in General programs with a major must achieve an overall cumulative average of at least 60% and a cumulative average in their major of 65% or better (some programs require a higher major average) and successfully complete:

  1. a minimum of 16 term courses or their equivalent beyond the 100-level,
  2. the Faculty of Arts Group A and B requirements (see below).

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General Non-major Program

Students in the three-year General Non-major program may graduate upon completion of a minimum of 30 term courses with a passing mark in each including:

  1. a minimum of 16 term courses beyond the 100-level,
  2. a minimum of 15 term courses in the Faculty of Arts,
  3. the Faculty of Arts Group A and B requirements

Students in the four-year General Non-major program may graduate upon completion of a minimum of 40 term courses with a passing mark in each, including:

  1. a minimum of 25 term courses beyond the 100-level,
  2. a minimum of 25 term courses in the Faculty of Arts,
  3. the Faculty of Arts Group A and B requirements

Both the three-year and the four-year Non-major programs require a cumulative average of 60% for graduation with an average of 65% in Arts Faculty courses.

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Honours Program

Students in an Honours program must complete 40 to 44 term courses (as specified in a departmental Honours program), of which 16 term courses or their equivalent must be beyond the 100 level, with a passing mark in each and an overall cumulative average in the Honours discipline of at least 75%. The Faculty of Arts Group A and B requirements must also be met. Students are asked to refer to "Departmental Programs" for other departmental requirements.

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Term Course System

A term course lasts one academic term (Fall, Winter or Spring) and carries a minimum of one-half credit (0.5). Courses with a 0.25 credit weight may be accumulated in pairs to equal one term course to a maximum of two term courses. Only the first four 0.25 credit courses appearing on the student's record are included in term course and average calculations.

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English Language Proficiency Program

In order to identify and help those students who lack the basic writing skills required for university work, the Faculty of Arts has introduced an English Language Proficiency Program. This program comprises 1)an English Language Proficiency Examination (ELPE) which all students must write at the beginning of their first year in the Faculty of Arts, and 2) a Writing Clinic where students may receive individual help with their writing problems.

All students whose initial registration in degree programs in the Faculty of Arts was Fall 1977, or thereafter, must demonstrate competence in written English in order to qualify for the Bachelor of Arts degree. Students may fulfill this requirement by achieving a mark of at least 60% on the English Language Proficiency Examination or by demonstrating this competence in their Writing Clinic assignments.

Students who receive a mark below 60% on the English Language Proficiency Examination should attend the Writing Clinic. Students who do not fulfill the English Language Proficiency requirement by the beginning of their second year must attend the Writing Clinic.

Students entering the Faculty of Arts in the Fall of 1990 or after and who have achieved 80% or better on an OAC English course are exempt from the proficiency program requirements. There are no other exemptions.

Note
Students who arrange a special sitting of the ELPE outside the scheduled dates will be assessed an administrative charge.

English Language Proficiency Program - Off-Campus Students

When students who are completing all their Arts degree requirements through Distance Education courses or at off-campus centres have finished 15 of their 30 term courses toward the General BA, they will be required to sit the English Language Proficiency Examination during a normally scheduled examination time at a convenient location.

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Group A and B Requirements

All Arts students must meet the Faculty of Arts Group A and B requirements. Group A comprises courses in the humanities, and Group B comprises courses in the social sciences:

Group A (i)
English, History, Philosophy

Group A (ii)
Arabic, Croatian, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Ukrainian. (See Notes 1 and 2)

Group A (iii)
Classical Studies, Drama, Fine Arts, Music, Religious Studies

Group B
Anthropology, Economics, Geography, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology.

Only courses taken in the subjects listed above will satisfy the Group A and B requirements.

In order to complete the Group A and B requirements an Arts student must complete with passing marks a minimum of six term courses from Group A and a minimum of four term courses from Group B. Of the four term courses used to satisfy the Group B requirement, no more than two may be in the same discipline. A student may take more than two term courses in a specific discipline in Group B but only two of them will be applied to meet the four-course requirement. The student should note that Group A is further sub-divided into Group A (i), Group A (ii), and Group A (iii). Of the six term courses from Group A, the student must complete with passing marks:

Notes

  1. RS 105A/B: Elementary Biblical Hebrew, RS 106A/B: New Testament Greek, RS 107A: Introductory Standard Arabic and/or RS 201: New Testament Greek may be used to meet the Group A (ii) requirement.
  2. Arts students should note that they may elect to meet the Group A (ii) requirement in their second or subsequent years by completing with passing marks two of the following courses: FR 291, 292, GER 271, 272, RUSS 271, 272, SPAN 217, 218, CLAS 201, 202, ITAL 291, 292, or EASIA 201R. These courses are taught in English and are not open to first year Arts students. These courses are the only approved alternatives to the A (ii) requirement.
    Other courses taught in English by language departments are not approved alternatives to the A (ii) requirement. This will be indicated after the course description with a note such as "Taught in English" or "Does not meet A (ii) requirement".
  3. ARTS 301: Studies in the Humanities may be used as a term course in Group A (i).

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