University of Guelph 2002-2003 Undergraduate Calendar

X--Degree Programs, Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

The University of Guelph offers general and honours programs leading to the B.A. degree. The General Program consists of a minimum of 15.00 credits requiring the equivalent of 6 semesters of successful full time study. The Honours Program consists of a minimum of 20.00 credits requiring the equivalent of 8 semesters of successful full time study. A student may register in Summer, Fall and Winter semesters. The normal course load is 2.50 credits per semester for a full time student on regular status. Students may register for 0.50 credit more at their own discretion. Part time study consists of 1.50 credits or fewer per semester.

Program Information

A student's selection of courses must follow the B.A. Program Regulations (including Distribution Requirements), a pattern of study for either the General or Honours degree (below), and the detailed schedule(s) of studies which follow for any special subject(s) studied.

In fulfilling distribution requirements a) and b) students must in semester 1 choose 2 courses from 2 different schools or departments in the College of Arts and 2 courses from 2 of the following departments in the College of Social and Applied Human Sciences: Economics, Geography, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology and Anthropology.

Students entering the B.A. program with advanced standing must complete the distribution requirements a) and b) as soon as possible after entrance to the program. Requirement c) need not be completed immediately but is a graduation requirement.

Note: Courses taken to satisfy the distribution requirements may also be counted toward a specialization in the general or honours program.

Academic Counselling

Program Counselling

Students are urged to seek the assistance of the counsellors in the B.A. Counselling Office regarding their program and academic regulations, selecting courses, services and resources available on campus, and when they are experiencing difficulties that affect their academic progress.

Departmental Advising

Every academic department has advisors available to assist students in their course selection planning. Students should seek the advice of the departmental advisor when declaring a major, area of concentration, or minor, regarding course scheduling and completing the requirements for the specializations.

Students encountering difficulties within a course should first consult the instructor of the course. Co-operative education students in Computing and Information Science, Economics and Psychology will also have a departmental Co-op Academic Advisor and Co-ordinator, and should consult Co-operative Education Services regarding scheduling work terms and the COOP*1000 course.

Academic Residence Requirements

University of Guelph courses include courses taken on exchange and on study abroad programs. Letter of Permission courses are not included.

Continuation of Study

Students are advised to consult the regulations for continuation of study within the program which are outlined in detail in Section VIII--Undergraduate Degree Regulations and Procedures of this calendar.

Distribution Requirements

The distribution requirements are designed to provide the student with exposure to and some understanding of a range of disciplines in the Arts, Social Sciences and Mathematical and Natural Sciences.

The distribution requirement of 8 courses (minimum 4.00 credits) is as follows:

ARTH Art History

CLAS Classical Studies

DRMA Drama

ENGL English

EURO European Studies

FREN French Studies

GERM German Studies

GREK Greek

HIST History

HUMN Humanities

ITAL Italian Studies

LAT Latin

LING Linguistics

MUSC Music

PHIL Philosophy

SART Studio Art

SPAN Spanish Studies

WMST Women's Studies

ANTH Anthropology

ECON Economics

GEOG Geography

IDEV International Development

ISS Interdisciplinary Social Science

POLS Political Science

PSYC Psychology

SOAN Sociology and Anthropology

SOC Sociology

WMST Women's Studies

Natural and Mathematical Science Courses Acceptable for B.A. Distribution Requirements

Students must take 1.00 credit in natural and/or mathematical science courses to fulfill the B.A. science requirements. Students should choose their courses from the list below or any course for which those listed serve as prerequisites. Students are advised to fulfill this requirement before their final semester. Any problems related to this requirement should be discussed with a B.A. Program Counsellor.

Courses recommended for students with limited preparation (e.g.. lacking OAC credit in a specific area):

BIOL*1020 [0.50] Introduction to Biology

BIOL*1120 [0.50] Environment and Human Health

BIOM*2000 [0.50] Concepts of Physiology

BOT*1200 [0.50] Plants and Human Use

CHEM*1060 [0.50] Introductory Chemistry

CHEM*1100 [0.50] Chemistry Today

CIS*1000 [0.50] Introduction to Computer Applications

COST*2020 [0.50] Information Management

ENVB*2210 [0.50] Introductory Apiculture

GEOG*1350 [0.50] Introduction to the Biophysical Environment

GEOL*1040 [0.50] Study of the Earth

GEOL*1100 [0.50] Principles of Geology

MATH*1050 [0.50] Introduction to Mathematical Modelling

MBG*1000 [0.50] Genetics and Society

MICR*1010 [0.50] The Microbial World

PHYS*1600 [0.50] Contemporary Astronomy

PHYS*1810 [0.50] Physics of Music

SOIL*2010 [0.50] Soil Science

ZOO*1500 [0.50] Humans in the Natural World - a Zoological Perspective

Courses available for students with adequate preparation (e.g. OAC credit in the discipline or its equivalent):

BIOL*1030 [0.50] Biology I

BIOL*1040 [0.50] Biology II

CHEM*1040 [0.50] General Chemistry I

CIS*1XXX Any CIS course at the 1000 level

GEOG*1300 [0.50] Introduction to the Biophysical Environment

HK*2XXX Any HK course at the 2000 level

MATH*1XXX Any MATH course at the 1000 level

MET*2030 [0.50] Meteorology and Climatology

MUSC*1090 [0.50] Physics of Music

PHYS*1XXX Any PHYS course at the 1000 level

STAT*2XXX Any STAT course at the 2000 level

Double Counting of Courses

A maximum of 50 percent of the courses in a second major or minor may be courses taken in fulfillment of the first major.

Program Regulations

The General Degree Program provides the opportunity for a sound general education in the arts and social sciences, mathematics and sciences, while allowing for concentration of studies in one or more subjects.

The Honours Degree Program provides depth of study in one specialization, strengthening written and oral communication skills, research and analytical abilities, as well as ensuring a breadth of study in the arts, social sciences, mathematics and sciences.

General Degree Requirements (BAG)

To graduate from a general program a student must:

Honours Degree Requirements (BAH)

To graduate from an honours program a student must:

Semester One Requirements

Students in the General and Honours Programs must take:

Semester 1

1.00 or 1.25 credits from the following:

Art History - ARTH*1510

Classical Studies - CLAS*1000

Drama - DRMA*1000, DRMA*1050, DRMA*1090, DRMA*1500

English - ENGL*1060, ENGL*1200

European Studies - EURO*1020

French Studies - FREN*1000, FREN*1200

German Studies - GERM*1100, GERM*1110, GERM*2490 (OAC Required)

Greek - GREK*1100

History - HIST*1010, HIST*1150, HIST*1250

Italian Studies - ITAL*1060

Latin - LAT*1100

Music - MUSC*1060, MUSC*1120, MUSC*1180, MUSC*1500

Philosophy - PHIL*1000, PHIL*1010, PHIL*1050

Studio Art - SART*1050

Spanish Studies - SPAN*1100, SPAN*1110

Women's Studies - WMST*1000


1.00 credit from the following:

Anthropology - ANTH*1150

Economics - ECON*1050, ECON*1100

Geography - GEOG*1200, GEOG*1220, GEOG*1300, GEOG*1350

Political Science - POLS*1150, POLS*1400, POLS*1500

Psychology - PSYC*1100, PSYC*1200

Sociology - SOC*1100, SOC*1500

Women's Studies - WMST*1000

Study at Other Universities

Students contemplating study at another university for credit towards a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Guelph should refer to the general regulations governing Letters of Permission in Section VIII--Degree Regulations & Procedures in this calendar.

Students must obtain approval for the Letter of Permission prior to undertaking studies at another institution. Approval of the request depends on good standing in the program with a minimum average of 60%.

The normal limit of credits taken on a Letter of Permission is 2.50 based on Guelph credits.

Students with a specialization in languages who want to undertake a program of study in Quebec or abroad should consult the appropriate departmental advisor or the Director of the School of Languages and Literatures.

Special Study Option

Career Development Practitioner Program

Students interested in Career Counselling, or a related career, should consider the Career Development Practitioner Program (C.D.P.P.) described under in Section XI--Special Study Opportunities, of this calendar. The C.D.P.P. option allows students to complete a B.A. degree concurrent with a Career Development Practitioner Program.

London Study Semester

A special program of studies designed to make use of the uniquely rich resources of London, England, is offered as a regular part of the B.A. program every Winter semester. The program is supervised by a faculty member from Guelph who directs the studies in London and supervises correspondence with faculty in Guelph. Courses in London are of 2 kinds: London based courses and correspondence courses. London based courses in music, theatre and fine art are given by British tutors, and the coordinator offers courses in his/her area of interest. Students are also permitted to arrange correspondence courses to meet their particular needs. Students wishing to apply for the London Semester should have good academic standing and should have completed at least 2 semesters at the University of Guelph at the time of application; although preference will be given to those with a cumulative average of 70% or above, all applications will be given careful consideration. More detailed information about academic requirements, bursaries, courses, etc. can be obtained from the B.A. Program Counselling Office, Room 130 in the MacKinnon Building.

Honours and General Specializations Available in the B.A. Degree

General Program Areas of Concentration


Computing and Information Science

Criminal Justice and Public Policy




French Studies



International Development

Management Economics




Political Science




Women's Studies

The schedule of studies for each area of concentration is given on the following pages under its subject heading.

Honours Program Majors

Agricultural Economics


Art History

Classical Languages

Classical Studies

Computing and Information Science*

Criminal Justice and Public Policy




European Studies

French Studies



Individual Studies

Information Systems and Human Behaviour

International Development

Management Economics

Mathematical Economics




Political Science


Rural and Development Sociology




Studio Art

Women's Studies

Subjects marked with an asterisk (*) may be available as Co-operative Education programs. The schedule of studies for each major is given on the following pages under its subject heading.

Honours Program Minors


Art History

Business Administration

Classical Languages

Classical Studies

Cognitive Neuropsychology

Computing and Information Science

Criminal Justice and Public Policy

Developmental Psychology



Educational Psychology


Environmental Studies

Family and Child Studies

French Studies




International Development


Marketing Management



Organizational Behaviour


Political Science

Rural Extension Studies

Social Psychology




Studio Art

Women's Studies

The schedule of studies for each minor is given on the following pages under its subject heading.

Note: when searching for a course code replace the " * " with a blank

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2002 Office of Registrarial Services, University of Guelph