Honours BA Degree
Qualifying for Honours
Students with no Previous Postsecondary Education
Students who enter the Faculty of Arts with no prior experience at a postsecondary educational institution (such as a university or college) are automatically enrolled in an Honours program.
Students who enter with prior experience at a postsecondary educational institution are enrolled in an Honours program if their prior cumulative grade point average (including failed courses) is at least the equivalent of 5.0 (C+) on the York scale. (Note: Courses taken at other postsecondary institutions are not calculated as part of the student's grade point average at York, nor do they appear on the York transcript.)
Continuing in Honours
To continue in an Honours program, students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 5.0 (C+).
Graduating in Honours
To graduate in an Honours program, students must successfully complete (pass) at least 120 credits which meet Faculty of Arts and program requirements. The cumulative grade point average for all courses taken must be at least 5.0 (C+).
Courses taken Beyond the Normal Maximum
Students in an Honours BA program who successfully complete more than 120 credits and whose cumulative grade point average is at least 5.0 (C+) will have all credits counted towards their Honours BA and their cumulative grade point average.
Opting to Graduate in a BA Program
Students who are eligible for Honours may opt to graduate in a BA program in the session in which they have completed their final course(s).
Ineligibility to Continue in Honours
Students whose cumulative grade point average falls below 5.0 (C+) may continue their studies only in a BA degree program.
Students who are ineligible to continue in Honours because their cumulative grade point average has fallen below 5.0 (C+) may re-enter Honours if they raise their cumulative grade point average to 5.0 (C+) or above by the time they have successfully completed their 90th credit.
Graduating with a BA Degree
Students registered in an Honours program whose cumulative grade point average after completion of 90 credits falls below 5.0 (C+), but remains 4.0 (C) or above, may request to graduate with a BA degree if they fulfill the BA degree requirements, or may continue in a BA program until those requirements are fulfilled. They may not continue in an Honours program and they may not take extra courses in a subsequent session in an effort to raise their cumulative average.
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