iBA

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The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences has launched an all-new degree program designed to prepare students for a future as global citizens. As a result of an intensive two-year process and extensive consultations with students and faculty, the International BA (iBA) was approved by the Senate of Memorial University on February 28, 2017.

The International BA will be similar to the existing BA (requires a total of 120 credit hours; requires a major or honours has same core requirements and is completed by electives). It differs in the following ways:

Students need to complete 24 credit hours in designated international studies courses (as part of the total 120 credit hours).

Students are also required to complete 12 credit hours in language study courses as compared with 6 credit hours in a regular BA.

Students are also required to reside outside of Canada for a period of time during the program by either (1) participating in a Memorial field school or studying at a non-Canadian institution or (2) participating in an international work placement outside of Canada. Students facing extenuating circumstances that prevent them from travelling may apply to complete an equivalent work placement within Canada that involves immersion in international cultures.

Minimum grade average thresholds are slightly higher than the regular BA for iBA honours, major and minor.

The program is currently only available on the St. John’s campus.

The iBA program is available exclusively to students who complete a Major or Honours program in one of the following Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences programs: Anthropology, Archaeology, Classics, Economics, English, Folklore, French, Gender Studies, Geography, German, History, Linguistics, Philosophy, Political Science, Religious Studies, Russian, Sociology, Spanish.

The iBA is not available:

  • with a Major in an interdisciplinary program (Communication Studies, Law and Society, Medieval Studies, Police Studies).
  • with a Faculty of Science program (Computer Science, Psychology, Pure Mathematics, Statistics) unless the student is also completing an eligible Honours or Major program within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.
  • to students who are enrolled in a Co-operative Education degree program.

Students who have been previously awarded a General Degree of Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree are ineligible to complete an iBA degree.

Information sessions for current students on the iBA will be scheduled shortly.

Current students who wish to declare an iBA can do so at any time by emailing reghelp@mun.ca from their @MUN email account.

Table 2 Possible Course Sequencing for the iBA (first 60 credit hours)
SemesterSuggested Course Planning
Semester 1 (15 credit hours)Follow Table 1 Possible Course Sequencing for the Bachelor of Arts , including 3 credit hours in each of a CRW course, a LS course and a QR course.
Semester 2 (15 credit hours)Follow Table 1 Possible Course Sequencing for the Bachelor of Arts , including 3 credit hours in each of a CRW course, a LS course in the same language as completed in Semester 1, and a QR course.
Semester 3 (15 credit hours)Courses #11-15 (15 credit hours): Consider Major and Minor program requirements, as appropriate (a Major in the iBA is available only in Anthropology, Archaeology, Classics, Economics, English, Folklore, French, Gender Studies, Geography, German, History, Linguistics, Philosophy, Political Science, Religious Studies, Russian, Sociology, Spanish ). C hoose a first course for International Studies (IS) Requirement from Table 3 International Studies (IS) Designated Courses , which may be eligible to jointly fulfill requirements of the Major or Minor program. Consider another LS course in a language not yet studied within the parameters of the Additional Language Study (LS) Requirement .
Semester 4 (15 credit hours)Courses #16-20 (15 credit hours): Consider Major and Minor program requirements. Choose a further 3 credit hours in an IS course. Consider a fourth LS course to fulfill the Additional Language Study (LS) Requirement , ensuring a maximum of 6 credit hours in languages not actively spoken. Attend an information session about options available for the International Experience Requirement or the International Internship Option , or speak with an academic advisor.
Semesters 5-8 (60 credit hours)Follow Table 4 Possible Course Sequencing for the iBA, International Study Option (final 60 credit hours) . Alternatively, subject to admission to the International Internship Option , follow Table 5 Possible Course Sequencing for the iBA, International Internship Option (final 60 credit hours).

 

Table 3 International Studies (IS) Designated Courses
2000-level3000-level4000-level (minimum 6 credit hours)
Anthropology 2412, 2413 English 2122 Folklore 2500 Geography 2001, 2102, 2302 History 2065, 2500, 2510, 2800 Political Science 2200 Sociology 2250Anthropology 3200, 3083, 3260, 3409 Economics 3030, 3150 English 3160 Folklore 3100, 3250, 3360 French 3654 Gender Studies 3008, 3025 Geography 3420, 3510, 3620, 3800 History 3030, 3765, 3807 Political Science 3210, 3220, 3250, 3260, 3290 Sociology 3260Anthropology 4415, 4416 Economics 4030, 4031 Folklore 4470 Folklore/Religious Studies 4460 Geography 4300 History 4419, 4421 Political Science 4210, 4215, 4230, 4255, 4290 Sociology 4093, 4230

 

Table 4 Possible Course Sequencing for the iBA, International Study Option (final 60 credit hours)
SemesterSuggested Course Planning
Semesters 1-4 (60 credit hours)Follow Table 2 Possible course sequencing for the iBA (first 60 credit hours) , including attending an information session about International Experience Requirement .
Semesters 5-6 (30 credit hours)Courses #21-30 (30 credit hours): While registered for INTL 399L, complete credit hours as part of an approved international study program, or as part of an international exchange semester at an approved partner institute, requiring residency outside of Canada (normally for 12 consecutive weeks). Consider Major and Minor program requirements. Choose 12 credit hours in IS courses, comprised of 3 credit hours in each of four different disciplines. Request a degree audit from the Office of the Registrar and consult an academic advisor for assistance with remaining course selections.
Semesters 7-8 (final 30 credit hours)Courses #31-40 (30 credit hours): Choose 6 credit hours in IS courses at the 4000-level towards completing the remaining credit hours required for the International Studies (IS) Requirement , ensuring that IS courses have been completed in a minimum of 5 disciplines. Complete remaining requirements for the degree, including the Major and Minor.

 

Table 5: Possible Course Sequencing for the iBA, International Internship Option (final 60 credit hours)
SemesterSuggested Course Planning
Semesters 1-4 (60 credit hours)Follow Table 2 Possible course sequencing for the iBA (first 60 credit hours) , including attending an information session about International Internship Option .
Semesters 5-6 (30 credit hours)Courses #21-30 (30 credit hours): Consider Major and Minor program requirements. Choose 12 credit hours in IS courses, comprised of 3 credit hours in each of four different disciplines. Request a degree audit from the Office of the Registrar and consult an academic advisor for assistance with remaining course selections. Apply to Co-operative Education for entry into the International Internship Option at least eight months before commencing work for the internship.
Semester 7 (15 credit hours)Courses #31-35 (15 credit hours): Choose 3 credit hours in an IS course at the 4000-level. Consider requirements for the Major and Minor.
Semester 8 (Fall or Winter) (3 credit hours)Course #36: (3 credit hours): INTL 399W while completing an approved internship outside of Canada.
Semester 9 (final 12 credit hours)Courses #37-40 (12 credit hours): Choose 3 credit hours in an IS course at the 4000-level towards completing the remaining credit hours required for the International Studies (IS) Requirement , ensuring that IS courses have been completed in a minimum of 5 disciplines. Complete remaining requirements for the degree, including the Major and Minor.

Contact

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

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Tel: (709) 864-2530

Fax: (709) 864-2552

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