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University of Calgary Calendar 2016-2017 Faculty of Arts 3. Faculty Regulations 3.4 Graduation 3.4.4 Co-operative Education Programs
3.4.4 Co-operative Education Programs

In the Faculty of Arts, most degree programs, including honours degree programs, are offered with a Co-operative Education (Co-op) option. Co-op Programs normally take five years to complete and include 12 to 16 months of paid supervised work experience in various private companies, government agencies and non-profit organizations. After second year, three or four work terms are interspersed with regular academic terms. Co-operative Education Programs provide students with opportunities to experience the linkages between academic knowledge and a variety of appropriate job situations. Students completing the requirements of the Co-operative Education option will graduate with "Co-operative Education" designated on their transcripts and degree parchments.

Students who are interested in pursuing the Co-operative Education option are urged to discuss their plans and course selection with the Co-operative Education Co-ordinators in the Faculty of Arts Co-operative Education Office as early in their program as possible.

Faculty of Arts Co-operative Education Office

Location: Social Sciences 102, Arts Students' Centre

Phone: 403.210.8509 or 403.220.8636

Email address:


Students should also consult with the subject advisor in the relevant Department or Program, particularly if they are considering combining Honours and Co-operative Education programs. In addition, students are referred to the Co-operative Education/Internship section of this Calendar.


  • The Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies and the Bachelor of Film Studies may be taken with Co-op but students may face sequencing constraints and/or require extra time to complete their programs.
  • Co-operative Education is not available in conjunction with BA, BFA and BSc Degrees with the following Major Fields: Art History, Dance, Drama, Music, and Psychology. It is also not available to the BMus degree program.
  • Developing and implementing job-search skills is a part of the Co-operative Education Program. The Program does not guarantee that students will obtain work term placements.

Students must submit a completed application to the Faculty of Arts Co-operative Education program at by the deadline of October 15. The minimum eligibility criteria are as follows:

1. Students must meet all of the Requirements specified in the Co-operative Education/Internship section of this Calendar.

2. Students must have completed at least 30 units by October 15 (excluding the courses they are currently registered in), they must be engaged in full-time study, and they must have achieved a grade point average of 2.50 over their most recent 30 units (5.0 full-course equivalents).

3. A minimum of 30 units (5.0 full-course equivalents) must be remaining in their degree after their first planned work term, including a plan to end on an academic semester.

Meeting the minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission. Capacity in the program may be limited due to program resources and market conditions.

Progress Through the Program

Progress through the Co-operative Education Program is bound by the rules concerning Registration, Course Work, Student Standing, Fees and Expenses and Withdrawal Policies specified in the Co-operative Education/Internship section of this Calendar.


Those students who successfully apply by October 15 normally undergo preparation in the Term they applied and search for placement during the following Winter Term and enter their first work term in Spring/Summer term or the following Fall Term. Subsequent work terms are interspersed with academic terms. A minimum of three work terms is required and a fourth may be approved at a student's request. Students must complete all of the academic requirements for their programs and must finish on a full-time academic term.

Development of Job-Search Skills

Approval for a student's first work term and registration in the accompanying course, Co-operative Education 511.01, is conditional on full participation in the pre-placement preparatory activities established by the Co-operative Education Office.

Prescribed Preparatory Courses

To provide a sound foundation for work terms related to a Major Field of study and to enhance the student's ability to compete for opportunities, academic Departments and Programs may also recommend courses to be completed by students in that Major. A list of the recommended courses for each Major Field is available through the Co-operative Education office. These courses would be based on available courses in first and second year.

Work Term Activity

Students are expected to focus on their placements and do not normally take any academic courses during their work terms. Nevertheless, students may elect to take one three-unit course during a second and/or subsequent work term provided that they have a strong academic and placement records and the course does not occur during work hours or interfere with work term responsibilities.

Work Term Assessment

The mandatory work term courses, Co-operative Education 511.01, 511.02 and 511.03, and the additional course, Co-operative Education 511.04, are graded on a credit (CR) or fail (F) basis. A positive assessment requires satisfactory performance on each of the following items:

(a) The Co-operative Education Co-ordinators evaluation of job performance, which is based on an on-site visit where practical.

(b) The employer's evaluation of job performance.

(c) The student's self-assessment of job performance and the overall job experience, which is normally based on participation in a debriefing or integrative session.

(d) A work term report prepared by the student and evaluated by the Faculty.

Note: Upon the request of a student, the Faculty may approve registration in Co-operative Education 511.04 in conjunction with an extra (fourth) work term.


To graduate with the Co-operative Education designation, students must:

(a) Successfully complete all of Co-operative Education 511.01, 511.02, 511.03.

(b) Successfully complete Co-operative Education 511.04 if permission has been received to register in this course.

(c) Achieve a minimum grade point average of 2.50 over their final 90 units (15.0 full-course equivalents) of academic subjects.

Note: Students must also meet all of the regular academic requirements for graduation in their BA or BSc degree programs.