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Joint Honours in French and Another Subject

Joint Honours in French and Another Subject

Just as it is possible to complete majors in more than one subject (a "double major"), so it is possible to complete the honours requirements in two subjects. Having seen how heavy the honours programme is, you may well wonder how this can humanly be accomplished! The answer is that the course requirements are actually reduced. For example, rather than 63 credit hours in French, the joint honours programme requires only 51, which works out to four semester courses fewer. As well, students in joint honours programmes are required to complete the honours essay or comprehensive examination in only one of the two programmes. This means that if you choose to write the essay or examination in your other programme, you do not have to complete French 4999, and vice-versa. Here is how the regulations appear in the Calendar:

French may be combined with any other subject approved in the General Regulations to form a Joint Honours programme. Candidates will establish their programme in consultation with the Heads of the Departments of their chosen Honours subjects.
The Joint Honours programme in French shall include at least 51 credit hours in French, including:
  1. a maximum of 6 credit hours at the 1000 level;
  2. a maximum of 15 credit hours at the 2000 level;
  3. a minimum of 15 credit hours at the 4000 level.
NOTES:
  1. All students completing the Joint Honours Programme in French are required to complete Classics 120A and 120B, or an equivalent acceptable to the Department. Students are strongly advised to complete this requirement as early as possible in their programme.
  2. By the time of their graduation, all students completing the Joint Honours programme in French must have spent at least two semesters at an approved Francophone institution in a French-speaking area or have acquired equivalent work experience in a Francophone environment.
  3. No more than eighteen transfer credit hours may be used to fulfil the minimum requirements of the Joint Honours programme in French.

Because of the complexity of combining the course requirements for two honours programmes, students who intend to complete joint honours should consult their departmental advisor and the Head the Departments responsible for both programmes to ensure that they are completing the proper course requirements. For course sequences in the joint honours programme in French, students should simply follow the normal honours programme shown in Table 3, bearing in mind that only 51 rather than 63 credit hours in French are required, and that 4999 may not have to be completed.

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