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Social Sciences

Students wishing to pursue a pattern of studies that does not coincide with either a single major or a combined major program may choose a Bachelor of Arts (Pass) Degree in Social Sciences.

Bachelor of Arts (Pass) Degree

Bachelor of Art (BA) in Social Sciences is available as a 15-credit degree only. Course selection for this degree program is strictly limited and as the requirements differ from other BA degrees, students should be aware of the specific requirements for this degree. The requirement for graduation with a BA in Social Sciences is a minimum 60 percent overall average on completion of program requirements.

A BA in Social Sciences degree will carry no major or area of concentration.

Students electing to pursue the Social Sciences program should develop a program plan in consultation with an Academic Adviser in the Office of the Registrar or the Undergraduate Student Affairs Officer, Faculty of Social Sciences.

Program Notes
  1. The majority of the credits earned must be offered by Departments/Centres within the Faculty of Social Sciences.
  2. It is recommended that students take one Humanities context credit, one Sciences context credit, one Social Sciences context credit and two elective credits in Year 1.
  3. Students may choose up to two minors.
  4. A student may select a maximum of five credits from each of two disciplines (including courses cross listed with each discipline), with the exception of courses from the Faculties of Applied Health Sciences, Business and Education. In these cases, a maximum of five credits may be taken from any combination of designated Applied Health Sciences, Business and Education courses (including courses cross listed with those faculties.)
  5. In 15 credit degree programs a maximum of eight credits may be numbered 1(alpha)00 to 1(alpha)99; at least three credits must be numbered 2(alpha)90 or above; and the remaining credits must be numbered 2(alpha)00 or above.
    In some circumstances, in order to meet university degree and program requirements, more than 15 credits may be taken.

Pass Program
·   one Humanities context credit
·   one Sciences context credit
·   one Social Sciences context credit
·   seven additional credits from Social Sciences (see program notes 3, 4 and 5)
·   five elective credits (see program notes 3, 4 and 5)

Course Descriptions

Note that not all courses are offered in every session. Refer to the applicable term timetable for details.

# Indicates a cross listed course
* Indicates primary offering of a cross listed course

Prerequisites and Restrictions

Students must check to ensure that prerequisites are met. Students may be deregistered, at the request of the instructor, from any course for which prerequisites and/or restrictions have not been met.
Research in the social sciences
Introduction to argument, evidence and method in social science research. Understanding arguments, kinds of evidence, the relation between theory, research design, methodology and method, and approaches to gathering and weighing evidence and arguments.
Lectures, seminar, lab, 4 hours per week.
Restriction: students must have a minimum of 4.0 overall credits.