Office of the Registrar
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (2016/2017)
5 Program Regulations - General and Honours Degrees

In these regulations, all references to Heads of Departments and Program Supervisors are to be read as "Head of Department or delegate" and "Program Supervisor or delegate."

5.1 Bachelor of Arts General Degree Components
  1. A student for the General Degree of Bachelor of Arts must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours in courses subject to the following regulations.

  2. A Bachelor of Arts emphasizes the study of the Humanities and Social Sciences. The Bachelor of Arts General Degree consists of the following components:

    1. Core Requirements courses, some of which may also be used to satisfy other components of the Degree;

    2. a Major Program, or alternatively an Honours Program;

    3. a Minor Program, or alternatively a second major;

    4. Electives.

  3. A student completing a degree program in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences normally will follow the degree regulations in effect in the academic year in which the student first completes credit hours at Memorial University of Newfoundland. However, a student may elect to follow subsequent regulations introduced during the student’s tenure in the program. In accordance with UNIVERSITY REGULATIONS - Degree and Departmental Regulations, Year of Degree and Departmental Regulations - Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and Faculty of Science, when changes occur to a Major, Minor, or Honours program, students who had completed a 2000-level course or above in that program will follow the regulations that were in effect at that time, or may choose to follow the revised regulations for that program.

5.1.1 Academic Advising and Declaring a Bachelor of Arts

A student is encouraged to consult with an academic advisor to discuss academic programs, including the Core Requirements. A student is encouraged to declare a program of study, including a Major and a Minor, before completing the first 45 credit hours of study. Information about declaring a Major and Minor in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and a list of advisors are available at www.mun.ca/hss/programs/undergraduate/ideclare.php.

5.1.2 Core Requirements

The Bachelor of Arts Core Requirements comprise a Breadth of Knowledge Requirement, a Critical Reading and Writing (CRW) Requirement, a Language Study (LS) Requirement, and a Quantitative Reasoning (QR) Requirement. The Core Requirements provide breadth of knowledge and exposure to methodologies that are foundational for a university education, including the development of critical thinking, analytical, and communication skills in different disciplines within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. Normally, core requirement courses are offered at the 1000-level or 2000-level, and are intended to be completed early in a student’s program of study. A student is encouraged to complete the CRW, LS, and QR Requirements within the first 45 credit hours.

A student must complete all Core Requirements, subject to the following conditions:

  1. Each eligible course may be used towards both the Core Requirements and applicable Major(s) or Minor requirements.

  2. A student who is concurrently completing the Bachelor of Commerce (Co-operative) degree should refer to Joint Degrees of Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Commerce (Co-operative).

  3. Specific (designated) Grenfell Campus courses may be eligible to fulfill the Core Requirements. Art History, Environmental Studies, Humanities, Social/Cultural Studies, and Tourism courses are eligible to fulfill the Breadth of Knowledge Requirement. A designated Writing (W) course is eligible if it is demonstrated that the course follows the CRW course guidelines available at www.mun.ca/hss/crw. A course in a language, other than English, is eligible if it is demonstrated that the course follows the LS course guidelines available at www.mun.ca/hss/ls. A designated Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis (QRA) course is eligible if it is demonstrated that the course follows the QR course guidelines available at www.mun.ca/hss/qr. The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences’ Committee on Undergraduate Studies is responsible for assessing the eligibility of these courses.

A student, in consultation with an academic advisor, is encouraged to follow Table 1 Possible Course Sequencing for the First 45 credit hours of the Bachelor of Arts. A student interested in a Bachelor of Arts Major in Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistics, or Psychology, or in a Minor in an eligible program outside of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, should consult an advisor in the appropriate department for suggested course sequencing, in addition to consulting an advisor in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Table 1 Possible Course Sequencing for the First 45 credit hours of the Bachelor of Arts

Semester

Suggested Courses

Semester 1 (15 credit hours)

  • Course #1 (3 credit hours): first course for Critical Reading and Writing (CRW) Requirement should be a 1000-level English CRW course
  • Course #2 (3 credit hours): first course for Language Study (LS) Requirement
  • Course #3 (3 credit hours): first course for Quantitative Reasoning (QR) Requirement. Eligible Quantitative Reasoning courses offered at the 3000-level are normally completed after the first 45 credit hours.
  • Courses #4-5 (6 credit hours): choose 1000-level courses as electives. Breadth is encouraged. Consider choosing courses in a possible Major and Minor. Programs without 1000-level courses offer 2000-level courses that are ordinarily completed in the first year of study.

Semester 2 (15 credit hours)

  • Course #6 (3 credit hours): second course for Critical Reading and Writing (CRW) Requirement, ideally in an area of study being considered for the Major. This course can be at the 1000-level or 2000-level.
  • Course #7 (3 credit hours): second course for Language Study (LS) Requirement
  • Course #8 (3 credit hours): second course for Quantitative Reasoning (QR) Requirement. Eligible Quantitative Reasoning courses offered at the 3000-level are normally completed after the first 45 credit hours.
  • Courses #9-10 (6 credit hours): choose additional electives of interest. Breadth is encouraged. Consider declaring a Major and Minor.

Semester 3 (15 credit hours)

Courses #11-15 (15 credit hours): consider your Major and Minor program requirements, as appropriate. Choose further electives.

5.1.2.1 Breadth of Knowledge Requirement

The Breadth of Knowledge Requirement is designed to ensure that students have exposure to courses in a variety of disciplines and interdisciplinary areas of study within the Humanities and Social Sciences, in order to achieve a well-rounded Humanities and Social Sciences education. To fulfill the Breadth of Knowledge Requirement, a student must complete at least one course in a minimum of 6 of the following areas of study in the Humanities and/or Social Sciences, chosen from: Anthropology, Archaeology, Arts, Classics, Communication Studies, Economics, English, Folklore, French, Gender Studies, Geography, German, History, Italian, Law and Society, Linguistics, Medieval Studies, Philosophy, Police Studies, Political Science, Religious Studies, Russian, Sociology, Spanish, University courses. Humanities and/or Social Sciences courses used to meet the CRW, LS, and QR requirements and/or the student’s Major or Minor requirements may also be used towards this requirement.

5.1.2.2 Critical Reading and Writing (CRW) Requirement

The Critical Reading and Writing Requirement (CRW) is designed to ensure that students develop university-level foundational knowledge and skills in critical reading and writing in the Humanities and/or Social Sciences, as described in the CRW course guidelines available at www.mun.ca/hss/crw. To fulfill the Critical Reading and Writing Requirement, a student must complete a minimum of 6 credit hours in foundational Critical Reading and Writing courses. This shall include 3 credit hours in a 1000-level CRW course offered by English, and an additional 3 credit hours in any Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences course whose title begins with “Critical Reading and Writing” chosen from the following eligible courses: Archaeology 1001, English 1080, 1101, 1102, 1103, 1110, Gender Studies 2005, German 1010, History 1300, 1301, Philosophy 1001, 1230, Political Science 1001, Religious Studies 1001, University 1020, 1500. Courses offered at Grenfell Campus using these course numbers are only eligible if they meet the CRW criteria specified above.

Normally, students will complete 3 credit hours in an English CRW course, and 3 credit hours in a CRW course in another area of study included in the Breadth of Knowledge Requirement, preferably in the student's respective Major or Minor if available. The foregoing notwithstanding, any student who has completed a minimum of 3 credit hours in any English course may instead elect to fulfill the CRW Requirement by completing 6 credit hours in CRW courses in any disciplines in the Humanities and/or Social Sciences. A Critical Reading and Writing course cannot also be used to fulfill the Language Study Requirement or the Quantitative Reasoning Requirement. Guidelines for CRW courses are maintained by the Committee on Undergraduate Studies.

5.1.2.3 Language Study (LS) Requirement

The Language Study (LS) Requirement is designed to ensure that students develop university-level foundational knowledge of the structure of a language other than English, and to foster awareness of the inherent link between language and cultural literacy, as described in the LS course guidelines available at www.mun.ca/hss/ls. To fulfill the Language Study Requirement, a student must complete a minimum of 6 credit hours in the study of a single language, other than English, chosen from one of: French, German, Greek (Classics), Hebrew (Religious Studies), Innu-aimun (Linguistics), Inuktitut (Linguistics), Irish Gaelic (Linguistics), Italian, Japanese (Linguistics), Latin (Classics), Mandarin Chinese (Religious Studies), Russian, Sanscrit (Religious Studies), Spanish, or another language that may be offered by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. Not all courses in language departments qualify and a student should refer to the department’s or course’s Calendar entry. The guidelines for LS courses are maintained by the Committee on Undergraduate Studies.

A student with competency in one of these languages should check with the respective department to select appropriate university-level courses. A student whose first language is not English and who does not meet the standards for entry into regular first-year English courses may use English 1020 and 1021 to fulfill this requirement. University-level credit hours earned in the study of a language other than English at other institutions may be eligible for transfer to fulfill this requirement.

5.1.2.4 Quantitative Reasoning (QR) Requirement

The Quantitative Reasoning (QR) Requirement is designed to ensure that students develop university-level foundational knowledge and skills in numeracy, quantitative analysis, logical reasoning involving numbers, and/or the graphical representation of data, as described in the QR course guidelines available at www.mun.ca/hss/qr. To fulfill the Quantitative Reasoning Requirement, a student must complete a minimum of 6 credit hours in foundational Quantitative Reasoning courses, through any combination of the following:

  1. Eligible Humanities and Social Sciences courses: Archaeology 2450, Economics 2000-level courses; Geography 1050, 2102, 2195, 2302; History 2000; Linguistics 2210, 3850; Philosophy 2210, 2211; Political Science 3010, 3350; Sociology 3040, 3041.

  2. Eligible Faculty of Science courses (limited to disciplines for which there is an Humanities and Social Sciences Major): Computer Science 1000-level and 2000-level courses; Mathematics 1000-level courses, 2050; Psychology 2910, 2911, 2920; Statistics 1510, 2500, 2550.

Some foundation-level Quantitative Reasoning courses have prerequisites and/or are offered at the 3000-level. Such courses will normally be completed after the first 45 credit hours. Guidelines for QR courses are maintained by the Committee on Undergraduate Studies.

5.1.2.5 Previous Calendar Regulations

A student who has completed any course at Memorial University of Newfoundland prior to September 2015 may choose to follow Core Requirement Calendar regulations from the corresponding previous edition of the University Calendar. For all students, a course section with the former Research/Writing (R/W) designation that was completed prior to September 2015 may be used to fulfil the second Critical Reading and Writing (CRW) course requirement (i.e., all students must complete at least one English course); identifying eligible R/W courses may require consultation with an academic advisor.

5.1.3 The Major Program

A Major program is offered by departments, leading to the General Degree of Bachelor of Arts. A Departmental Major Program consists of a minimum of 36 to a maximum of 45 credit hours taken in a subject listed in The Major Program. An alternative to a departmental Major is an Interdisciplinary Major. An alternative to a General Degree is an Honours Degree.

  1. Departmental Major Programs are offered by the following departments in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences: Anthropology, Archaeology, Classics, Economics, English, Folklore, French, Gender Studies, Geography, German, History, Linguistics, Philosophy, Political Science, Religious Studies, Russian, Sociology, Spanish. As an alternative, Interdisciplinary Humanities and Social Sciences Major Programs are available under Interdisciplinary Major and Minor Programs. Majors are also available through the following Faculty of Science departments: Computer Science, Mathematics and Statistics, and Psychology.

  2. In departments that offer programs leading to either a degree of Bachelor of Arts or a degree of Bachelor of Science, a student is free to choose either degree program and may change from one to the other. A student may not obtain both a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science degree in the same Major subject. Furthermore, a student must complete a minimum of one of the Major or the Minor, or a minimum of one of the two Majors, in a Humanities or Social Sciences program offered by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

  3. A student who has completed courses in the area of the Major at another university is required to complete at least 18 credit hours in that subject at Memorial University of Newfoundland.

  4. A student must follow the regulations for the Major programs as set forth in the appropriate section of the Calendar.

  5. The Head of the Department or Departmental Undergraduate Academic Advisor of the Major program can advise the student on the selection of courses in the Major.

  6. Departmental regulations do not prevent a student from completing more than the minimum required credit hours in the subjects of the Major and/or Minor. A student may complete additional courses in the Major and/or Minor subject area and, if eligible. use them towards the Bachelor of Arts Electives.

5.1.4 The Minor Program

A Departmental Minor Program shall consist of at least 24 credit hours taken in a subject other than that of the Major and normally chosen from the subjects listed under The Major Program. As an alternative to a departmental Minor, interdisciplinary Humanities and Social Sciences Minor programs are available and are described under Interdisciplinary Major and Minor Programs.

  1. Departmental Minor Programs are offered by the following departments in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences: Anthropology, Archaeology, Classics, Economics, English, Folklore, French, Gender Studies, Geography, German, History, Linguistics, Philosophy, Political Science, Religious Studies, Russian, Sociology, Spanish. As an alternative, Interdisciplinary Humanities and Social Sciences Minor Programs are available. In addition to the Departmental Minor Program in Humanities and Social Sciences disciplines and those detailed under the Interdisciplinary Humanities and Social Sciences Minor Programs. Minors are also available through the Faculty of Business Administration, the School of Music, and relevant departments in the Faculty of Science. Such programs are governed by regulations which are detailed in the Calendar entries for the Faculty of Business Administration, the School of Music, and relevant departments in the Faculty of Science.

  2. A student must complete a minimum of one of the Major or the Minor, or a minimum of one of the two Majors, in a Humanities or Social Sciences program offered by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

  3. A student must follow the regulations for the Minor program as set forth in the appropriate section of the Calendar.

  4. The Head of the Department or Departmental Undergraduate Academic Advisor of the Minor program can advise the student on the selection of courses in the Minor.

  5. A student who has completed courses in the area of the Minor at another university is required to complete at least 9 credit hours in that subject at Memorial University of Newfoundland.

  6. As an alternative to a Minor, a student may simultaneously complete a second Major program. The student must follow all General and Departmental or Program Regulations for this Major program.

  7. Departmental regulations do not prevent a student from completing more than the minimum required credit hours in the subjects of the Major and/or Minor. A student may complete additional courses in the Major and/or Minor subject area and, if eligible, use them towards the Bachelor of Arts Electives.

5.1.5 Interdisciplinary Major and Minor Programs

The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences offers undergraduate interdisciplinary Major and Minor programs that consist of courses that deal with a common topic from a variety of departments within the Faculty. This normally prioritizes core courses and is supplemented by other courses that bring different approaches to the study of the subject matter.

5.1.5.1 General Regulations for Interdisciplinary Major and Minor Programs
  1. Students shall consult about their interdisciplinary Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences program with the designated Program Coordinator.

  2. Departmental prerequisites for courses are applicable. This may increase the number of stated courses required for completion of the program. Such courses may be eligible towards other components of the Bachelor of Arts.

  3. Normal credit restrictions apply. It is the student’s responsibility to recognize that additional credit may not be obtained for completing two versions of a cross-listed course (i.e., the same course delivered by two or more departments).

  4. Courses selected from a minimum of three disciplines within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Programs and Regulations shall be required for an interdisciplinary Major or Minor.

  5. A Program Coordinator may, in consultation with the Head of the relevant academic unit, request permission from the Committee on Undergraduate Studies for a course to be added to the program. Normally, the addition of a course whose Calendar entry clearly establishes that it is highly relevant to the program shall be approved, and the Committee shall request Senate approval to add the course to the program’s Calendar entry. Due to their temporary nature, “special topics” courses are not listed in the entry for an interdisciplinary Major or Minor program; however, a special topics course may be included in a student’s program of study with permission from the Committee on Undergraduate Studies.

  6. With the prior written approval of a Program Coordinator and the Committee on Undergraduate Studies. a student may use up to 3 credit hours from a departmental Honours research essay course towards interdisciplinary program requirements, provided that the essay topic is clearly related to the program.

5.1.5.2 Interdisciplinary Humanities and Social Sciences Major Programs
  1. A student must follow the regulations for the interdisciplinary Humanities and Social Sciences Major program as set forth in the appropriate section of the Calendar. Interdisciplinary Humanities and Social Sciences Major programs are available in Communication Studies (Department of English), Law and Society (Department of Political Science), Medieval Studies (Department of Philosophy), and Police Studies (Department of Sociology).

  2. These interdisciplinary Humanities and Social Sciences Major programs shall require not fewer than 36 and not more than 45 credit hours.

  3. A student completing an interdisciplinary Humanities and Social Sciences Major program must choose a Minor in a single discipline (i.e., offered by a department or another eligible Faculty). Instead of a Minor, a second Major in a single discipline may be pursued; however, only one Major may be interdisciplinary. All General and Departmental or Program Regulations for this second Major program must be followed.

  4. A maximum of 12 credit hours from an interdisciplinary Humanities and Social Sciences Major may be used to satisfy the requirements of a single disciplinary Minor or second Major, provided they are in accordance with the regulations governing both programs.

  5. For an interdisciplinary Humanities and Social Sciences Major, other than courses exclusive to the interdisciplinary program of study (e.g., Law and Society courses used for the Law and Society program), a maximum of 15 credit hours from any one discipline listed in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Course Descriptions shall be eligible. No more than 6 credit hours in undergraduate courses which are not listed in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Course Descriptions shall be eligible. Students completing such courses are still required to complete the minimum number of Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences courses as per Electives below. Courses delivered only at Grenfell Campus shall be treated on a case-by-case basis in the manner prescribed for adding courses in General Regulations for Interdisciplinary Major and Minor Programs.

  6. A student who has completed courses in the area of the interdisciplinary Humanities and Social Sciences Major at another university is required to complete at least 18 credit hours in that subject or in courses applicable to the program at Memorial University of Newfoundland.

  7. In Departments which offer programs leading to both a degree of Bachelor of Arts and a degree of Bachelor of Science, a student is free to choose the degree program he/she wishes to follow and may change from one to the other; however, he/she may not obtain both degrees in the same Major subject.

5.1.5.3 Interdisciplinary Humanities and Social Sciences Minor Programs
  1. A student must follow the regulations for the interdisciplinary Humanities and Social Sciences Minor program as set forth in the appropriate section of the Calendar. Interdisciplinary Humanities and Social Sciences Minor programs are available in Law and Society (Department of Political Science) and Medieval Studies (Department of Philosophy).

  2. These interdisciplinary Humanities and Social Sciences Minor programs shall require not fewer than 24 credit hours.

  3. A student completing an interdisciplinary Humanities and Social Sciences Minor program must choose a single disciplinary Major (i.e., in a single department discipline).

  4. A maximum of 6 credit hours from the interdisciplinary Humanities and Social Sciences Minor may be used to satisfy the requirements of the single disciplinary Major, provided they are in accordance with the regulations governing both programs.

  5. For an interdisciplinary Humanities and Social Sciences Minor, other than courses exclusive to the interdisciplinary program of study (e.g., Law and Society courses used for the Law and Society program), a maximum of 9 credit hours from any one discipline listed in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Course Descriptions shall be eligible. No more than 3 credit hours in undergraduate courses which are not listed in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Course Descriptions shall be eligible. Students completing such courses are still required to complete the minimum number of Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences courses as per Electives below. Courses delivered only at Grenfell Campus shall be treated on a case-by-case basis in the manner prescribed for adding courses in General Regulations for Interdisciplinary Major and Minor Programs.

  6. A student who has completed courses in the area of the interdisciplinary Humanities and Social Sciences Minor at another university is required to complete at least 9 credit hours in that subject or in courses applicable to the program at Memorial University of Newfoundland.

  7. In addition to the Departmental Minor Program in Humanities and Social Sciences disciplines and those detailed under the Interdisciplinary Humanities and Social Sciences Minor Programs, Minors are available through the Faculty of Business Administration, the School of Music, and departments in the Faculty of Science. These programs are governed by regulations which are detailed in the Calendar entries for the Faculty of Business Administration, the School of Music, and departments in the Faculty of Science.

  8. Departmental regulations are not intended to prevent a student from completing more than the minimum required credit hours in the subjects of their Major and Minor.

5.1.6 Electives

In accordance with Regulations outlined under Core Requirements, The Major Program and The Minor Program, a student must complete a minimum of 78 credit hours (of the 120 credit hours for the degree) in Humanities and Social Sciences courses offered by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. With some limitations, courses offered by the Faculty of Science in Computer Science, Mathematics and Statistics, and Psychology may be applied to this requirement. Electives comprise the remaining 42 credit hours of the total 120 credit hours for the degree.

  1. Electives provide students with the opportunity to choose university-level courses from a variety of eligible disciplines. Subject areas that are eligible as electives towards the remaining 42 credit hours for the degree include:

    1. Humanities and/or Social Sciences. This includes additional courses in the Major and/or Minor that are over and above the normal requirements for that program of study,

    2. Science,

    3. Business, and/or,

    4. Music (Musicologies and Music Theory and Composition only).

  2. Of the 42 credit hours in electives, a student may choose to include up to 15 credit hours in electives in any other subject area, including but not limited to Education, Engineering, Human Kinetics and Recreation, Maritime Studies, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Social Work, with the exception of courses that are clearly practical or professional.

  3. Courses with academic demands that are clearly practical or professional, and are not consistent with the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Description, are not eligible for use in any manner towards the Bachelor of Arts. Ineligible courses include but are not limited to:

    1. Internships, Student Teaching or Practicum courses (Education),

    2. Outdoor Pursuits or Expeditions courses (Environmental Studies),

    3. Activities and Coaching courses (Human Kinetics and Recreation),

    4. Master Classes (Fine Arts, Theatre),

    5. Studio courses (Fine Arts, Visual),

    6. Applied Music or Ensemble Techniques courses (Music),

    7. Nursing Practice or Clinical Practicum courses (Nursing),

    8. Structured Practice Experiences (SPE) or Pharmacy Practice Experiences in Pharmacy (Pharmacy), and/or

    9. Field Placement courses (Social Work).

5.1.7 Limit on Certain Credit Hours
  1. Students can receive credit for only two English courses at the 1000-level: one of English 1000 or 1080, and one of 1001, 1101, 1102, 1103 or 1110. Students whose first language is not English and who do not meet the standards for entry into regular first-year English courses, and who elect to use English 1020 and 1021 to fulfill the Language Study requirement, may complete up to an additional 6 credit hours in English courses at the 1000-level. These limits also apply to unspecified credit hours transferred from other institutions.

  2. Credit hours awarded for field placement courses in certain Diploma programs are not eligible towards a Bachelor of Arts. This includes English 5000, Philosophy 5000, and the former Police Studies 5000.