Office of the Registrar
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (2017/2018)
7.7 Diploma in Humanities

www.mun.ca/hss/humanities

Program Coordinator: Dr. A. Sullivan, Department of Philosophy

The Diploma in Humanities is administered by the Department of Philosophy.

The Diploma in Humanities provides a foundation in the study of liberal arts. Students are exposed to the foundational disciplines of Classics and Philosophy and other areas of the humanities that explore how great thinkers have interpreted our world, and take courses in a language other than English in which many of these thinkers originally wrote. The program takes a holistic approach to the study of the humanities by emphasizing subject areas rather than specific courses in order to be accessible to a wide audience. Students are encouraged to select from a wide variety of humanities courses in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences that align with their interests and which fit their schedule.

7.7.1 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Diploma Regulations

Students intending to complete a diploma program within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences must meet the Admission requirements as outlined in the University Calendar. Students are also advised to consult the University Calendar regarding General Regulations for Diploma Programs and Graduation Requirements.

7.7.2 Advising

Throughout their program of study, students for a Diploma in Humanities shall contact the Program Coordinator for assistance with course planning, declaring their program of study, prerequisite and registration issues, and with questions about the eligibility of any courses not listed here.

7.7.3 Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the Diploma in Humanities, students will have completed 6 credit hours in designated Critical Reading and Writing (CRW) courses in eligible humanities disciplines, including at least 3 credit hours in Department of English CRW courses. Eligible credit hours in CRW courses required for program admission will be applied towards the Diploma requirements.

7.7.4 Declaring the Diploma in Humanities

Students wishing to declare a Diploma in Humanities shall consult with the Program Coordinator to discuss the requirements of the program. Information about declaring a program of study in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences is available at www.mun.ca/hss/programs/undergraduate/ideclare.php.

7.7.5 Regulations for the Diploma in Humanities

Students are required to complete a minimum of 36 credit hours in eligible courses selected from Table 1 Required and Elective Courses for the Diploma in Humanities as follows:

  1. a minimum of 12 credit hours at the 3000-level or above, of which at least 3 credit hours must be at the 4000-level;

  2. a maximum of 18 credit hours in any one discipline;

  3. 6 credit hours in designated Critical Reading and Writing (CRW) courses, chosen from areas of study listed in Table 1 Required and Elective Courses for the Diploma in Humanities, including at least 3 credit hours in a CRW course offered by English. Refer to Bachelor of Arts General Degree Components, Core Requirements, Critical Reading and Writing (CRW) Requirement;

  4. 6 credit hours in designated Language Study (LS) courses delivered in the same language of instruction chosen from languages listed in Bachelor of Arts General Degree Components, Core Requirements, Language Study (LS) Requirement;

  5. 6 credit hours in Greek studies and/or Roman studies courses offered by Classics (excluding designated Language Studies courses);

  6. 6 credit hours in Philosophy (excluding Philosophy 2210, 2211); and,

  7. 12 additional credit hours chosen from:

    1. any of the specified areas of study above, which may include a maximum of 6 additional credit hours in Language Study courses; and/or

    2. up to 9 credit hours in non-Language Study courses in French, German, Russian, Spanish; and/or

    3. up to 9 credit hours in any one of Communication Studies, English, Gender Studies, History, Medieval Studies, Political Science political theory, Religious Studies. Quantitative Reasoning (QR) courses are not eligible towards the Diploma in Humanities

      Table 1 Required and Elective Courses for the Diploma in Humanities

      Required Courses

      Elective Courses

      • Non-Language Study courses in French, German, Russian, Spanish
      • Communication Studies courses
      • English courses
      • Gender Studies courses
      • History courses
      • Medieval Studies courses
      • Political Science courses in political theory (second digit in course number is “1”)
      • Religious Studies courses

Given the wide variety of course options, a student may elect to follow a variety of pathways. One possible pathway of course sequencing is presented in Table 2 Suggested Course Sequencing for the Diploma in Humanities.

Table 2 Suggested Course Sequencing for the Diploma in Humanities

First 6 credit hours: One Critical Reading and Writing (CRW) course in English, and one CRW course in another discipline listed in Table 1 Required and Elective Courses for the Diploma in Humanities

Next 6 credit hours: Two Language Study (LS) courses in the same language

Next 12 credit hours: Complete Classics and Philosophy requirement

Final 12 credit hours: Choice of four additional courses from Table 1 Required and Elective Courses for the Diploma in Humanities, including at least three courses at the 3000-level and one course at the 4000-level. A student is encouraged to select courses that align with classical humanities and theory, while being mindful of the limit of 18 credit hours in any one discipline

7.7.6 Other Eligible Courses

Courses whose calendar title and description clearly aligns with the Diploma in Humanities requirements may be deemed eligible towards the program with the prior written permission of the Committee on Undergraduate Studies of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Program Coordinator. This includes up to 9 elective credit hours in cultural studies humanities courses offered by related disciplines in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences; up to 18 credit hours in Humanities courses offered at Grenfell Campus; and of up to 9 credit hours in Social/Cultural Studies courses offered at Grenfell Campus. Quantitative Reasoning (QR) courses are not eligible.

7.7.7 Course Prerequisites

Normal course prerequisites apply. Students must plan their program of study accordingly in order to fulfill all requirements

7.7.8 Preparation for a Bachelor of Arts

All credit hours used towards the Diploma in Humanities may also be eligible for application to a Bachelor of Arts, including the Critical Reading and Writing (CRW) and Language Study (LS) aspects of the Bachelor of Arts Core Requirements.

7.7.9 Graduation Requirements

As per Diploma Programs Offered in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Graduation Requirements, to be eligible for the award of a Diploma in Humanities, a student must obtain an overall average of 60% or higher in the courses prescribed for the program. A minimum of 9 credit hours in courses prescribed for the diploma program must be completed at this University.