Office of the Registrar
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (2017/2018)
6.5 Graduation Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and the International Bachelor of Arts (iBA) (Honours) Degrees
6.5.1 Academic Standing - Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and the International Bachelor of Arts (iBA) (Honours) Degrees

A student for the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) or the International Bachelor of Arts (iBA) (Honours) degree shall complete a program of studies that shall consist of not fewer than 120 credit hours subject to the following regulations:

  1. In order to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) or the International Bachelor of Arts (iBA) (Honours) degree, a student 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. A grade of 70% or better must be obtained in the Honours essay and/or comprehensive examinations;

    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); and

    3. an average of 70% or higher in the minimum number of designated International Studies (IS) courses prescribed for the International Studies Courses Requirement for students completing the International Bachelor of Arts (iBA) (Honours) degree.

      Note:

      A student may, with the written approval of the Head of the Department and the Committee on Undergraduate Studies, repeat or substitute up to three courses in order to meet the requirements of Clause 1. above. In counting repeats, each attempt at the same course will count as one course towards the maximum. That is, the same course, repeated three times, would place a student at the maximum and no additional repeats or substitutions would be allowed. The Honours essay and/or comprehensive examinations may not be repeated or substituted.

6.5.2 Classification of Degrees
  1. If a student'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 student shall be awarded an Honours degree with First Class standing.

  2. If a student fulfils the conditions of Academic Standing above but not of Regulation 1. under Classification of Degrees, the student shall be awarded an Honours degree with Second Class standing.

  3. No classification will be given to the degree awarded a student who has completed (1) fewer than one half of the courses required for the degree at this University, or (2) who has completed fewer than one half of the courses required for the degree at this University since 1959. All students for such degrees shall, however, fulfil the condition of Academic Standing above on the courses taken at this University since September 1959 in order to qualify for the degree.

  4. A declared student for an Honours degree who fails to attain the academic standing specified in Academic Standing 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.