Office of the Registrar
Faculty of Arts (2006/2007)
2.4 Regulations for the Honours Degree of Bachelor of Arts

A program is offered leading to the Honours Degree of Bachelor of Arts. An Honours degree requires, over and above the requirements of the General degree, a concentration at an advanced level in an approved field, consisting of a subject or subjects of specialization and/or related subjects, and a high quality of work throughout the program. An Honours degree is of distinct advantage to candidates who plan advanced work or careers in their chosen fields and also to those who have a clear commitment to some special field of study. An Honours degree with first or second class standing is, in many cases, a prerequisite for admission to a graduate program.

Students completing a degree program in the Faculty of Arts will normally follow the degree regulations in effect in the academic year in which they first entered Memorial University of Newfoundland. This is determined by the year of the student number. However, students may elect to follow subsequent regulations introduced during their tenure in the program.

  1. Admission and Registration

    1. Admission to Honours programs is competitive and limited, depending upon available resources. Candidates should consult the criteria established for the program in question. To be considered for admission to an Honours program, a candidate shall submit an "Application for Admission to the Honours Program" form to the Registrar. The application must be approved by the Head of the Department or Program Supervisor of the Subject of Specialization before the candidate can be admitted to the program.

      Note:

      A candidate who wishes to enter an Honours program is strongly advised to consult the Head of the Department or Program Supervisor at the earliest possible date, as it may not be possible to complete the requirements for the degree in the normal time if the decision to embark on the program is delayed beyond the end of the second year.

    2. Students who have been awarded the General Degree of Bachelor of Arts may convert it to an Honours Degree of Bachelor of Arts by applying to the department of specialization and the Registrar and, upon approval of such application by the Department, completing the requirements for the Honours degree as set forth in the regulations.

    3. Upon entering the program, the candidate shall be assigned a Faculty Advisor by the Head of the Department or Program Supervisor. The Faculty Advisor will be responsible for advising the candidate and the Head of the Department or Program Supervisor with respect to the candidate's program of studies.

  2. Subjects of Specialization

    Subjects which may be chosen as Subjects of Specialization for the Honours Degree of Bachelor of Arts are the following:

    1. Those administered by Departments through the Head of the Department: Anthropology, Classics, Computer Science, Economics, English Language and Literature, Folklore, French, Geography, German, History, Linguistics, Mathematics, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, Spanish (at present, only for Joint Honours).

    2. Those which, because of their interdepartmental character, are administered by two or more Departments through a Program Supervisor: see Sociology/Anthropology Interdepartmental Studies Program. (No other programs yet approved.)

    3. Joint Honours Programs: A candidate may undertake a program of Joint Honours in two Subjects of Specialization (see Regulation 3. c. ii.).

  3. Course Requirements

    Candidates for the Honours Degree of Bachelor of Arts shall complete a program of studies which shall consist of not fewer than 120 credit hours subject to the following regulations:

    1. All candidates are required to complete the Core Requirements as detailed in the Regulations for the General Degree of Bachelor of Arts. These include:

      1. English Requirement

      2. Second Language Requirement

      3. Numeracy/Science Requirement

      4. Humanities Requirement

      5. Social Science Requirement

      6. Research/Writing Requirement

    2. All candidates must also

      1. Pass a general comprehensive examination in a Subject of Specialization. This examination may be written, or oral, or a combination of both. The comprehensive examination shall count as 3 credit hours in the Subject of Specialization;

        AND/OR

      2. Submit an Honours essay on an approved topic which, at the discretion of the Head of the Department or the Program Supervisor, may be followed by an oral examination thereon. Normally, the Honours essay will count as 3 credit hours in the Subject of Specialization, or as 6 credit hours in the case of linked (A/B) honours essays (please consult departmental regulations).

        A copy of the Honours essay must be submitted to the University Library upon completion. All Honours essays in the University Library shall be available for unrestricted consultation by students and faculty except under very exceptional circumstances which must be approved by the Committee on Undergraduate Studies. Copyright remains with the author. A signed release form must accompany an essay or dissertation when it is submitted to the University Library.

        Note:

        The semester in which the candidate sits for the comprehensive examination, and/or the semester in which the Honours essay is to be submitted, may be decided by the candidate after consultation with the Head of the Department or Program Supervisor.

    3. Further courses shall be chosen either

      1. In consultation with the Faculty Advisor and with the approval of the Head of the Department or Program Supervisor of the Subject of Specialization, but in such a way that the candidate's program shall include not fewer than 60 credit hours in courses applicable to the Subject of Specialization, including the comprehensive examination and/or the Honours essay, at least 36 of which must be at the 3000 level or above, and not fewer than 24 credit hours in a Minor subject or program according to the Departmental or Program Regulations covering that Minor, and the total number of credit hours which may be applied to the degree is not fewer than 120;

        or

      2. In consultation with the Faculty Advisors and with the approval of the Head of the Department or Program Supervisor of the Subject of Specialization, but in such a way that the candidate's program shall include not fewer than 60 credit hours in courses applicable to the Subject of Specialization, including the comprehensive examination and/or the Honours essay, at least 36 of which must be at the 3000 level or above, and not fewer than 36 credit hours in a Major subject or program according to the Departmental or Program Regulations governing that Major, and the total number of credit hours which may be applied to the degree is not fewer than 120.

      3. In consultation with the Faculty Advisors and with the approval of the Heads of the Departments or Program Supervisors of two Subjects of Specialization (Joint Honours), but in such a way that the candidate's program shall include not fewer than 42 and not more than 51 credit hours in courses approved for each of the Subjects of Specialization, including the comprehensive examination and/or the Honours essay, of which at least 27 shall be at the 3000 level or above in each of the Subjects of Specialization, and the total number of credit hours which may be applied to the degree is not fewer than 120.

      4. In the case of Joint Honours, the candidate may choose the Subject of Specialization for the Honours essay and/or comprehensive examination.

      5. Other courses to make up the total of 120 credit hours may be chosen from any subjects listed under 2.a. with Canadian, Medieval, Russian and Women's Studies added to the list of subjects and from courses listed under and in accordance with Regulations for the General Degree of Bachelor of Arts, Clause 5. Electives.

  4. Departmental Regulations

    Candidates for Honours degrees shall also comply with such additional requirements of the appropriate Department(s) as are approved by the Senate and printed in the Calendar.

  5. Academic Standing

    In order to graduate with an Honours degree, a candidate shall obtain

    1. A grade of 70% or better, OR an average of 75% or higher in the minimum number of courses [including the required courses in the Honours subject(s) prescribed by the Department [or, in the case of Joint Honours, Departments] concerned, excluding 1000-level courses. A grade of 70% or better must be obtained in the Honours essay and/or comprehensive examinations.

      AND

    2. An average of at least 2.75 points on the total number of credit hours in the courses required for the degree. (See General Academic Regulations (Undergraduate), Classification of General Degrees.)

    Note:

    Students who wish to fulfil the requirements of Clause 5. a. above using repeated or substituted courses must obtain approval of the Head of the Department and the Committee on Undergraduate Studies. The Honours essay and/or comprehensive examinations may not be repeated or substituted.

  6. Classification of Degrees

    1. If a candidate's general average is 3.25 points or better per credit hour in required courses and his/her average is 3.5 points or better per credit hour in the courses in the Honours subject (excluding 1000-level courses), the candidate shall be awarded an Honours degree with First Class standing.

    2. If a candidate fulfils the conditions of Regulation 5. above but not of Regulation 6. a., the candidate shall be awarded an Honours degree with Second Class standing.

    3. No classification will be given to the degree awarded a candidate who has completed (i) fewer than one half of the courses required for the degree at this University, or (ii) who has completed fewer than one half of the courses required for the degree at this University since 1959. All candidates for such degrees shall, however, fulfil the condition of clause 5. on the courses taken at this University since September 1959 in order to qualify for the degree.

    4. A declared candidate for an Honours degree who fails to attain the academic standing specified in clause 5. above, but fulfils the academic requirements for a General degree shall be awarded a General degree, the classification of which shall be determined in accordance with General Academic Regulations (Undergraduate), Classification of General Degrees.