Section 16.2.1 Modifications to Academic Programs and Regulations
Section 16.2.2 Residence Requirements
Section 16.2.3 Degree Regulations
Section 16.2.4 Concentration Requirements
Section 16.2.5 Writing Skills Requirements
Section 16.2.6 Repetition of Courses
With the exception of the following conditions, the curriculum requirements in effect at the time students are admitted or readmitted to a program (e.g. BA, BFA, Certificate in Business Studies) and/or concentration (e.g. major, specialization), are the requirements that apply to them until they complete their program.
Residence requirements define the number of credits that students working towards a Concordia University degree must take at the University itself.
1. Of the total number of credits required for an undergraduate degree, students must take a minimum of 45 credits, normally the last 45, at Concordia University. The BEng, BA Specialization in Early Childhood and Elementary Education, BEd Specialization in Teaching English as a Second Language, Athletic Therapy (BScAT), and BFA Specialization in Art Education – Visual Arts require 60 credits, normally the last 60, at Concordia.
2. At least 50 per cent of the credits for honours, specializations, majors, minors, certificates or other concentrations must be taken at Concordia. The BComm and BAdmin programs also require that at least 50 per cent of the core courses be taken at Concordia. In the case of microprograms, 100% of the credits must be taken at Concordia.
3. Concordia University students who wish to include courses taken at another university within their residence requirements must obtain permission in advance from their Faculty Student Request Committee. Those wishing to engage in interuniversity exchanges in Quebec or student exchange programs must obtain authorization to cross-register from his or her academic advisor, the appropriate Associate Dean or delegate of the student’s Faculty, and the University Registrar. For participation in the Concordia Student Exchange Program, the student must comply with the specific Faculty requirements outlined at concordia.ca/students/exchanges/csep.
4. Students who already have an undergraduate degree may undertake a second undergraduate degree, subject to the conditions below. Before registering, such students should consider whether their purpose might be better served by enrolling in a graduate degree, diploma, or certificate program. To obtain a second undergraduate degree, students must:
a) Apply and register in a program with a higher concentration than a minor, and
b) Complete at least two-thirds of the credits normally required for the second degree in courses other than those credited to the first degree - for example, a minimum of 60 credits must be complete when the normal requirement is 90 credits, and
c) Complete at least 36 credits in the new field of concentration.
5. An exception to 4b) above, is the BEd Specialization in Teaching English as a Second Language, for which students must complete at least half of the 120 credits required for the second degree in courses other than those credited to the first degree.
6. Any student who is accepted at Concordia University after failing or compiling an unsatisfactory record at another university, will generally be required to complete at least 60 credits at Concordia.
The regulations relating to degree requirements are located in the Faculty sections:
Every undergraduate program requires a cohesive sequence of courses. To graduate in a degree program, a student must complete one of the following concentrations: honours, specialization, major. Under certain conditions, a student may be eligible to obtain a baccalaureate degree through the accumulation of certificates. In the Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science, concentrations are referred to as programs. Most of these programs have options, where students take a number of related courses in a chosen area. Honours is a highly concentrated program with a required performance level; the specialization and the major require varying degrees of concentration, normally without a performance requirement. An honours, specialization, or major can be combined with a minor. In some circumstances, a double major is also possible.
The University offers programs leading to an honours degree in certain disciplines. The honours program consists of 60 or more credits in a discipline, with superior performance required to enter and remain in the program. In their first year, students may register in honours program courses, but their acceptance as honours students will depend on their performance. Students who do not meet requirements for honours standing may proceed in either a specialization or a major program.
There are minimum academic standards for honours programs. The honours student must:
Honours students who do not meet these standards will be withdrawn from the honours program and will proceed in the major or specialization program. Reinstatement in the honours program is possible only with the permission of the Faculty Honours Committee.
The programs and particular Faculty regulations are listed in the Faculty sections under “Honours Programs.”
A specialization is a sequence of courses totalling 60 or more credits. In a few cases it includes a performance requirement. In addition to courses in a particular discipline, the specialization may include courses in other closely related fields.
A major is a sequence of courses totalling 36 or more credits, except in the John Molson School of Business where the major consists of at least 24 credits in a particular discipline in addition to the required 48-credit JMSB Core. The major may include certain courses in other closely related fields.
A minor is a sequence of courses totalling 24 or more credits, except in the John Molson School of Business where the minor consists of at least 12 credits in the chosen discipline in addition to the required 48-credit JMSB Core.
An honours, specialization, or major program may be combined with a minor or a certificate program. In some circumstances, a major program may also be combined with another major program.
An undergraduate certificate is a coherent program, usually of 30 credits, made up of regular undergraduate courses. Courses taken as part of a certificate program are normally applicable to the appropriate undergraduate degree. There is no guarantee that a certificate program can be completed in one academic year.
An undergraduate microprogram is a coherent program, usually of 9-15 credits, made up of regular undergraduate courses. A microprogram is normally completed within one academic term.
Under certain conditions, a student may earn a baccalaureate degree through the accumulation of a minimum of three certificates in eligible disciplines. The Faculties and Schools under which the baccalaureate degree is offered shall determine criteria for specific certificate programs eligible for application towards the degree.
Students must satisfy the following conditions in order to qualify for a Baccalaureate by Accumulation:
An undergraduate bridging program is a coherent program, usually of 18-30 credits, that may be made up of both academic undergraduate and university skills courses. A bridging program is designed for students who are required to upgrade their academic background and acquire the prerequisites necessary to gain entry to an undergraduate degree program. Courses taken as part of a bridging program are normally applicable to a specific undergraduate degree. A bridging program does not lead to the awarding of a credential.
Students admitted into the Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science must meet a writing skills requirement. (See Section 71.20.7 Writing Skills Requirement.)
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