BA, Combined Honours

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) is a four-year, 20-credit program. Students can complete the BA with Combined Honours by choosing Gender and Women’s Studies and another subject from a wide range including Biology, Classics, Contemporary Studies, English, French, History, International Development Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Social Anthropology, and Theatre.

Students interested in any of these combinations or any other that involves Gender and Women’s Studies and another subject should consult with the departments concerned.

General degree requirements

Please read the detailed description of the BA with Combined Honours program in the Degree Requirements section of the Dalhousie Academic Calendar. After meeting the first year requirements, students can choose from two options:

  • A maximum of  42 credit hours in the major subject, with a minimum of 24 credit hours in the allied subject. In addition, 24 elective credit hours which are not from the major or allied subject group.
  • With departmental approval, a maximum of 54 credit hours in the major subject with a minimum of 24 credit hours in the allied subject. This particular option can be broken down further into a combination of 48 credit hours in the major subject and 30 credit hours in the allied subject or 42 credit hours in the major subject and 36 credit hours in the allied subject. In addition, two full elective credits which are not from the major or allied subject group.

PLEASE NOTE: Where a class selected from the Gender and Women’s Studies “list” in the BA with Combined Honours program is cross-listed with a class in the allied subject, the class may not be double counted (i.e., it may be counted on one or other list, but not on both). Where a class selected for the Gender and Women’s Studies “list” in the BA with Combined Honours program is cross-listed with a class in the allied subject, this should not result in a student exceeding the maximum allowed in either of the allied subjects.

Departmental requirements

In addition to meeting the Degree Requirements set out by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Gender and Women’s Studies students must meet the following requirements:

  1. At least three Gender and Women’s Studies classes must be taken beyond the 2000 level.
  2. At least three different disciplines must be represented in a students’ selection of Gender and Women’s Studies classes (in disciplines other than the allied subject).
  3. The following classes are required:
       a) At least one full credit from the following: GWST 2066.03, GWST 2191.03, GWST 2192.03, GWST 2300.03, GWST 2301.03, GWST 2500.03 (Normally this requirement should be met in the second year of the programme.)
       b) At least one full-credit 4000 level Gender and Women’s Studies class, either Directed Readings, Special Topics, or cross-listed class (Normally this requirement should be met in the fourth year of the program.)
       c) To meet the Honours Examination requirement when Gender and Women’s Studies is the major subject, students will prepare a research paper under the supervision of a Gender and Women’s Studies faculty member and will take GWST 4900X/Y.03.

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