Honours in LJSO
LJSO Honours Program Checklist
Are you interested in taking honours in LJSO?
If you are thinking of taking concentrated honours or combined honours in LJSO, this is what you need:
1. Your GPA up to end of spring term of 3rd year in LJSO subjects is 3.3 or above. Some leeway is possible if emphasis is in another subject. You should consult the LJSO program coordinator if you have any doubts about this before submitting your application.
2. Your honours course requirements can be completed in the time left available to you. For honours program requirements, see https://www.dal.ca/faculty/arts/law-justice-society/programs.html. You need a grade of C+ or above for courses to count towards your BA honours. Here is a summary:
- For Concentrated honours in LJSO: Beyond 24 cr. hrs. of LJSO core requirements, including LJSO 4000, and 9 cr. hrs. of list A electives (with 6 above the 2000 level), you need 21-33 additional credit hrs from list A or list B electives, including two courses from list A or list B above 4000 level.
- Combined honours require 66-84 cr. hrs. in both subjects
For Combined Honours, with emphasis in LJSO: You need 24 cr. hrs. of LJSO core requirements, including LJSO 4000, and 6 cr. hrs of list A electives above 2000-level. This is the minimum requirement for LJSO (30 cr. hrs.). You may take up an additional 18 cr. hrs. from list A or list B electives. However, you must have at least two list A or list B electives above 4000-level among your LJSO courses. You may take up to a max. of 48 LJSO cr. hrs. in total.
- For Combined Honours, with emphasis in another subject: Beyond 21 required LJSO core electives, you need 9 cr. hours from list A electives (with 6 above 2000 level). This is the min. requirement. It is the same requirement as for the LJSO major. You may take up to an additional 18 cr. hrs. in list A or list B electives, but you should consult the dept. in which your emphasis lies.
3. You have found an advisor/supervisor for your honours thesis.
4. You have a topic for your honours thesis (agreed with advisor/supervisor). The topic can be summary and provisional, but the area of your thesis needs to be quite specific by the time you submit your thesis application form to LJSO (see point 6).
5. You have filled in the honours application form for FASS; and the thesis form for LJSO.
Note: If your honours emphasis is in a different subject, you do not write a thesis for LJSO, and no thesis form is required.
6. You have discussed your honours plans with the LJSO Coordinator. FASS honours application forms must be signed or counter-signed (in the case of combined honours) by the LJSO Coordinator. LJSO thesis application forms must be submitted to the LJSO Coordinator by September 16.