Sir Wilfred Grenfell College


Beyond the regulations and requirements specific to the Degree Programmes at Grenfell College, students will be governed by the General Academic Regulations (Undergraduates) as laid down in this University Calendar.


For the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees at Grenfell College students must complete one hundred twenty credit hours subject to the Core Programme and Specialization requirements.

The aim of the Core Programme is to ensure breadth. In the Core students will take a variety of courses representing the spectrum of human enquiry. It is through the Core that students learn to improve their basic academic skills, to think critically and independently about a broad range of subjects, and to develop their awareness of social, cultural, scientific and political issues. The aim of the Area of Specialization is to ensure depth. In the Area of Specialization students will be expected to demonstrate in-depth knowledge of a single discipline or interdisciplinary field of study.

Core Programme Rationale

Core Programme Requirements

Specialization Requirements


Waiver of Requirements

Explanatory Notes


The Core Programme is based on the assumption that there exists a body of common knowledge shared by educated persons. This broad base of knowledge allows us to read and comprehend both popular and specialized literature, understand newspapers and magazines, news reports in the electronic media, and even understand one another's jokes. It also gives the background knowledge necessary for the acquisition of specialized information. It does not exist solely in the domain of one particular subject area but spans the whole realm of human knowledge.

This basic knowledge provides us with a vocabulary without which educated discourse is impossible. The Core Programme is intended to lead students towards this sort of literacy. In addition to education in depth in one or two academic areas, or in an interdisciplinary area with a unifying theme, Grenfell students will acquire a breadth of knowledge that is sufficient to permit clear and effective communication with other educated people and provide the background necessary for life-long learning.

The Core includes a Literacy Requirement, a Numeracy Requirement, a Scientific Concepts and Issues Requirement and a General Education Requirement. The Literacy Requirement is intended to ensure that graduates of Grenfell College are able to express themselves clearly and correctly and that they have a broad appreciation of the English language as a means of communication. The Numeracy Requirement is intended to ensure that graduates of Grenfell College are able to perform the basic mathematical functions necessary to live in modern society and that they have a broad understanding of mathematics as the language of science and technology. The Scientific Concepts and Issues Requirement is intended to ensure that students have a grasp of important concepts and discoveries in science as well as an understanding of issues that arise out of scientific endeavor.


All candidates must complete the following literacy, numeracy, science literacy and general education requirements.

a) Literacy

Thirty credit hours in Writing Courses (identified with the designation W) including a first-year English sequence. Six credit hours in language may be substituted for any six credit hours in Writing Courses except for first-year English.

b) Numeracy

Successful completion of the General Mathematical Skills Test, and either six credit hours in Mathematics and/or Statistics, or a sequence of six credit hours in specially designed numeracy courses.

c) Science Concepts and Issues

Six credit hours in Science Concepts and Issues courses (identified with the designation SC).

d) General Education

Eighteen credit hours in General Education courses from the following groups. (The courses must be chosen from at least three groups; courses must be taken in at least four of the listed subject areas; no more than six credit hours may be chosen from each group.)

Group A: Art History, Classics, Literature, Theatre

Group B: Folklore, History, Languages, Philosophy, Religious Studies

Group C: Anthropology, Education, Geography, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Physical Education, Economics, Business, Women's Studies

Group D: Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Mathematics, Physics, Environmental Science

Courses that are to be included in these groups shall fulfill the requirements of what is defined as General Education and will be identified with the designation GE.


a) All students must complete the following Specialization requirements: at least sixty credit hours that satisfy the criterion of depth

EITHER by a prescribed interdisciplinary selection of courses having a strong thematic relationship;

OR by a coherent selection of at least thirty-six credit hours in a single discipline and twenty-four credit hours in one or two cognate disciplines.

b) With the permission of the appropriate Programme Chairs, students may complete a double specialization provided that they complete all the requirements for both specializations.

c) Cognate courses will be chosen in consultation with the Programme Chair of the single-discipline area and the Programme Chair(s) of the cognate area(s). In the absence of a Programme Chair the Division Head of the cognate area will approve.

d) As an alternative to cognates individually chosen with the approval of Programme Chairs, interdisciplinary cognates, consisting of a prescribed selection of eight courses having a strong thematic relationship, may be established by the College Academic Council.

e) All specializations require a minimum of twelve credit hours in third-year courses, six credit hours in fourth-year courses and a fourth-year individual project ranging over one or two semesters.

f) Exceptional students, in close consultation with a faculty advisor, may devise specializations of their own choosing. Such "open" programmes will be subject to approval by the Academic Studies Committee.

The College reserves the right to limit the number of spaces available in each Specialization.


Courses to make up the total of one hundred twenty credit hours, other than those required for the Core Programme and Specialization Requirements, may be chosen according to the following guidelines:

a) any courses in arts, science and fine arts;

b) up to fifteen credit hours in other subject areas.


Course prerequisites may be waived by heads/programme chairs of the disciplines in question.

In special circumstances the Academic Studies Committee may waive the requirements that apply to this degree programme.


1. Courses will be designated Writing Courses by the Academic Studies Committee.

A Writing Course is a course in which assignments written in English form at least 50% of the evaluated term work and the quality of writing accounts for a significant part of the evaluation. Students may substitute six credit hours in language courses for any six credit hours in writing courses except the first-year English sequence. Such courses include courses in languages other than English.

2. The General Mathematical Skills Test will be offered three times during the academic year, in September, January and April. It is intended to ensure that students have basic computational skills such as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division; that they can make and use measurements in metric; that they can use effectively the mathematics of integers, fractions, decimals, ratios, proportions, percentages, roots, powers, elementary algebra and geometry; that they are able to make estimates and approximations, and judge the reasonableness of a result; that they understand elementary concepts in probability and statistics and know how to read graphs. A student must take the test once every semester, starting in the first semester of entry into a Grenfell Bachelor of Arts Programme, until he/she successfully completes it. The test must be passed by the end of the student's fourth semester in the programme. A student failing to do this will not be permitted to continue in the programme. Provision will be made, however, for students to be re-tested at the normal test times specified above. A student who is successful on a re-test will be permitted to re-enter the programme subject to meeting the general re-admission requirements.

3. Courses will be designated General Education Courses by the Academic Studies Committee. General Education Courses are courses from various subject areas that help to provide a broad body of shared knowledge. General Education Courses cover material within a discipline that contributes to the general body of knowledge common to educated members of society. Such courses should reflect upon the relationships between bodies of knowledge.

4. Courses that are designated both General Education and Writing Courses may be used to satisfy both requirements.

5. Courses other than Science 3000 and 3001 will be designated Science Concepts and Issues Courses by the Academic Studies Committee.

Last modified on May 17, 2000 by MaryJane Puxley

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