Double-counting of courses

Double-counting a course means that you are counting a single course towards the requirements of two specializations (courses that overlap). Specializations include Majors, Minors, Areas of Concentration and certificates.

BA degree students may only double count (or share) courses between a maximum of two specializations. You cannot triple count a course across three specializations.

A maximum of 50 percent of the credits in a second specialization may be taken in fulfillment of the first specialization. Thus, at least 50 percent of any specialization must be unique to or distinct to that specialization.  

Double-counting Examples

A BA honours degree student has a Major in Criminal Justice and Public Policy (9 credits) and a Minor in Sociology (5 credits). In order for 50 percent of the Sociology Minor to be distinct to the Minor (or not needed by the CJPP Major), only 2.5 credits from the CJPP Major may be counted towards the Sociology Minor requirements.

A BA general degree student has an Area of Concentration in Political Science (5 credits) and is completing a Certificate in Public Policy and Administration (2.5 credits). In order for 50 percent of the certificate to be distinct to the certificate (or not needed by the Area of Concentration), only 1.0 credits from the Political Science Area of Concentration may be counted towards the certificate requirements.

Please note that the Leadership Certificate is exempt from double-counting rules.