Sir Wilfred Grenfell College


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) 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.

e) 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.

Last modified on October 8, 1997 by MaryJane Puxley

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