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University of Calgary Calendar 2023-2024 Faculty of Arts 3. Faculty Regulations 3.3 Program Regulations 3.3.2 Honours Degrees
3.3.2 Honours Degrees

The application deadline to apply for an Honours program is February 1. Students apply for a Change of Program in their Student Centre.


Admission to Honours programs is based on three criteria:

1. Completed Courses: A minimum number of courses must be completed by the end of the Fall Term prior to application. The minimum number of courses for each program is specified in 4. Program Details and is between 30 and 90 units. Students may be required to have completed particular courses or a minimum number of courses in the major field.

2. Academic Performance: A minimum GPA is required over all courses used to calculate the admission GPA and on all courses in the major field among those used to calculate the admission GPA. The minimum GPA for admission is 3.30 and may be higher in programs when demand exceeds capacity. Programs will announce annually by October 31 on their websites if their qualifying GPA will be above 3.30 for admission in the following academic year.

Method of Calculating Admission GPA: If a student has completed between 30 and 60 units, then all courses will be included in the GPA. If a student has completed more than 60 units, then only the most recent 60 units will be included. Courses from other institutions as well as from the University of Calgary will be counted. In cases in which the last 60 units include some but not all courses taken concurrently, the selection will be made to the advantage of the student.

3. Program Consent: To obtain consent of a program, students must satisfy all admission requirements as set out in 4. Program Details. Some programs require the submission of a research proposal, confirmation of supervisory and/or laboratory arrangements, or other supplementary materials.

Since enrolment capacity of Honours Programs may be limited by available resources, meeting the minimum GPA does not guarantee admission.

Continuation Requirements

The academic performance of Honours students is reviewed every year following the Winter Term. Continuation in Honours requires a GPA of at least 3.30 over all courses completed and all courses completed in the major field since the last review.

Faculty of Arts Requirements for Honours Degrees

The following requirements and regulations apply to all Honours degrees offered by the Faculty of Arts:

1. Completion of 120 units, including completion of the “Major Field with Honours Requirements” and “Other Requirements” for the relevant degree as defined under 4. Program Details.

2. Completion of a minimum of 54 units in the major field. Normally a maximum of 72 units in the major field is allowed.

3. Academic Achievement:

(a) a minimum GPA of 3.30 over the final 90 units,

(b) a minimum GPA of 3.30 over all courses in the major field in the final 90 units,

(c) no more than 18 units with a grade of "D" or "D+" including no more than 6 units with a grade of "D" or "D+" in the major field.

4. Transfer Credit Limit: At least 60 units must be completed through the University of Calgary. No more than 60 units of transfer credits may be counted toward the degree, including no more than 24 units in the major field.

5. Junior Course Limit: No more than 48 units at the 200 level.

6. Science Requirement: A minimum of 6 units from the Faculty of Science. (This requirement does not apply to the BFA Honours degree.)

7. Physical Activity Courses: No more than 6 units may be taken from: Dance Education Activity/Theory, Outdoor Pursuits Activity/Theory, and Physical Education Activity/Theory.

First Class Honours

“First-Class Honours” will be noted on the transcript and graduation parchment of students completing an Honours Degree with a GPA of at least 3.60 over the final 90 units. The GPA is calculated to two decimal places only and is not rounded up. Courses from other institutions as well as the University of Calgary will be used in this calculation. In cases in which the last 90 units include some but not all courses taken concurrently, the selection will be made to the advantage of the student.