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Social Sciences and Humanities Faculty Regulations

It is the responsibility of each student registered at Lakehead University to be familiar with the specific requirements of the degree, diploma or certificate which he/she plans to pursue.

Each student is responsible for ensuring that the courses selected at registration satisfy the program requirements of the degree, diploma or certificate sought; academic advice and counselling for all who need assistance are freely available.

It is also understood that every student, by the act of registering, agrees to abide by all rules and regulations of the University.

Each student is expected to be familiar with the General Information pertaining to the faculty in which he/she is enrolled.

Students in Social Sciences and Humanities can normally, independently select courses in a given program providing:
(i) they follow all Calendar regulations;
(ii) they consult with the chair and/or appropriate departmental authority where stipulated in the Calendar.
(iii) A student who successfully completes the courses as indicated in his/her program of study will have his/her year level incremented as follows:
Year 1 = < 4 full course equivalents
Year 2 = 4 to < 9 full course equivalents
Year 3 = 9 to < 14 full course equivalents
Year 4 = > 14

A student who attains a weighted average of at least C in the courses of his/her major(s) (Bachelor's degree program), and at least D in all the courses of his/her year, may proceed without condition imposed by the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities. Special departmental requirements and standing requirements for all programs are stated in the departmental sections of the Calendar.

(a) A student will be deemed to have failed his/her program in either of the following two cases:
(i) More than 5 full course equivalent failures are accumulated at any time.
(ii) Fewer than 15 full course equivalent credits are achieved in 20 full-course equivalent attempts.*
*An attempt is a full course registration or two half-course registrations not formally cancelled with the Registrar by the prescribed dates for withdrawal from the full or half courses without academic penalty.

(b) A student who has failed a course or courses may write special examinations as outlined in the University Regulations, Regulation VII Special Examinations.

(c) A student who has failed his/her program is eligible to apply for re-admission to another University program. Normally, a student will be re-admitted only once.

(d) A student admitted to an Social Sciences and Humanities program after having failed a program in another department/school will receive credit for only those courses in which at least a C grade has been obtained and which are applicable to the Social Sciences and Humanities program.

Not all courses outlined in the Calendar are offered every year. The Office of the Registrar or the appropriate Faculty, Department or School should be consulted for supplementary information regarding final and complete timetable, course offerings and course instructors prior to the start of classes.

Bachelor's Degree

1. The programs in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities require a minimum of three full years of work.

2. They are designed to acquaint the student with a broad range of thought in the liberal arts and the sciences. A distribution of subjects among several related fields of knowledge is joined with a measure of concentration in one subject, called the major. Majors are offered at the present time in the following areas of study:

In Arts - English, French, History, Indigenous Learning, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Religious Studies, Sociology, Visual Arts, Women's Studies

In Fine Arts - Visual Arts

In Music - Music

3. (a) A student entering second year will select a major in which a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree is offered. One must be careful to meet the requirements of that major in selecting first year courses.

In the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities - an average of at least 60% in the major subject or subjects is required in the work of each year. The standing of a student taking the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Sciences degree (three or four year program) will be determined on the weighted average of all the courses in the major subject. In the Bachelor of Arts General Program the standing will be based on the weighted average of all Arts courses. An average of at least 60% in the Arts courses is required in the work of each year.

In the computation of a First Class Standing average, in addition to having attained a minimum overall average of A in the transfer credit courses, students who have completed credits at another institution must have completed a minimum of 2/3 of the courses used in the calculation of the First Class Standing average at Lakehead University.

(b) A student not wishing to follow the traditional Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science program with a major, may enter the General Program, which allows a student more latitude in choosing subjects. The General Program is aimed particularly at the mature student, although a student coming from high school may also enter the program. The intent is to permit the student to take any fifteen courses with a minimum of restrictions. For further details see General Programs. General Arts students will be counselled by the Dean of Social Sciences and Humanities.

4. A student in Social Sciences and Humanities who has not met the requirement of a C (60%) average in the major subjects may be permitted, with the approval of the department concerned, to proceed "On Probation" into the succeeding year of the program or the next two academic terms of the program in the case of programs that do not follow the academic year format. Should he/she fail to obtain the required percentage a second time, he/she will be required to transfer to a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science (General Program).

5. To qualify for the bachelor's degree in Arts or Science, an overall C (60%) weighted average in all courses in the major subject or subjects is required. The student must also have met all other conditions and requirements applicable to his/her degree program. (See also University Regulations.) Note also the additional individual department program requirements as outlined in the department section.

Honours Bachelor's Degree

1. Honours programs require a minimum of four full years of work.

2. The requirements for the first year are the same as those for the three-year degree with the same subject or subjects of concentration, except that a higher level of achievement is required. Honours programs are offered in the following areas of study:

In Arts - English, French, History, Indigenous Learning, Music, Northern Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Religious Studies, Sociology, Women's Studies. Combined programs are also offered in a number of areas of study; see departmental entries.

In Fine Arts - Visual Arts

In Music - Music

In Science - Northern Studies

3. A student in Social Sciences and Humanities may be admitted to or continue in the honours degree program in second year if credit is obtained for all the courses of first year, with an overall average of C (60%) or better, and a standing of B (70%) or better in such subjects as are designated by the department in which the student intends to undertake the honours degree studies. Students are advised to seek counselling prior to registration.

4. A student in Social Sciences and Humanities may be admitted to or continue in an honours program in the second or subsequent years if the overall average in the honours subject or subjects is B or better.

5. A student in Social Sciences and Humanities who has not met the requirement of a B (70%) average in the major subjects may be permitted, with the approval of the department or school concerned, to proceed "On Probation" into the succeeding year of the program or the next two academic terms of the program in the case of programs that do not follow the academic year format. Should he/she fail to obtain the required percentage a second time, he/she will be required to transfer to a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science program. In the event such a student has completed the third or fourth year of the program he/she may apply for a degree, provided the standing is sufficiently high.

6. To qualify for the honours degree in Arts or Science, an overall B (70%) weighted average in all courses in the major subject or subjects is required. The student must also have met all other conditions and requirements applicable to his/her honours degree program. (See also University Regulations.) Note also the additional individual department program requirements as outlined in the department section.

7. A Social Sciences and Humanities student will be awarded First Class Standing if the weighted average of all the major courses taken is at least 80%. An average of at least 70%, but less than 80% indicates Second Class Standing.

In the computation of a First Class Standing average, in addition to having attained a minimum overall average of A in the transfer credit courses, students who have completed credits at another institution must have completed a minimum of 2/3 of the courses used in the calculation of the First Class Standing average at Lakehead University.

8. After a student is granted a bachelor's degree in Arts or Science, with an overall B major average or better, he/she may apply for admission to an honours degree program.


See also the School of Outdoor Recreation for academic regulations governing Honours Bachelor of Outdoor Recreation programs.