Honours Regulations

What is the Honours Programme in History?

The Honours Programme is designed for students who are interested in the study of History and who have proven their academic ability in their introductory courses.

It offers an opportunity for intensive study in the third and fourth years of an undergraduate education in Arts.  Small seminars are at the heart of the Honours Programme.  Seminars meet for three-hours, once a week.  They operate as cooperative, and relatively unstructured, learning workshops.  Active participation in the work of the seminar is essential, both to the success of the individual student, and to the effectiveness of the seminar as a whole.  Lively discussion and debate, challenging oral and written projects, and extensive reading and research, are common characteristics of Honours seminars.

High standards of performance and participation are part of the Honours code. With the exception of absences due to sickness or other unavoidable circumstances, perfect attendance is required in all Honours courses.  Students are expected to inform the instructor of any absence, preferably in advance.  Maintaining a high standard of academic achievement is also required.  Students who fall below a B (3.0) average may be placed on probation or dropped from the Programme.  Open communication between students, instructors, and the Director of Honours is vital to the smooth functioning of the Programme.  It is the student’s responsibility to meet with, and learn from, their Honours professors outside of class time.

Successful completion of an Honours Programme in History is normally a pre-requisite for Graduate study in History and is excellent preparation for advanced programs in Public History, Library Science, Archives Management, and Museum Studies, Journalism, International Relations, and the Law.  The skills cultivated in Honours seminars—in critical thinking, thoughtful reading, careful research, sharp analysis, and the clear and persuasive expression of the spoken and written word—can provide the foundation for success in any number of pursuits.  Honours graduates have pursued careers in education, administration, social services, the arts, business, government, diplomacy, print and broadcast media, the law, the information sciences, and in international advocacy and development.  Perhaps most important, Honours graduates are well prepared to become life-long learners and engaged global citizens in a rapidly changing world. 

Who Should Apply for Admission to the Honours Programme?

Students applying for admission should normally have earned grades in their introductory History courses of “B+” or better (and no less than “B”), and have completed 6 credit hours in History at the foundation (2000) level (the foundation course requirement may, in some cases, be completed after admission to the Programme).  An overall average of “B+” (3.3) in History courses is required.  The Honours Programme is open to students pursuing the concurrent BA/BSC Programme.

How Does One Apply?

Complete the application form at the end of this pamphlet and return it, before 1 July of each year, to Professor Jeffrey Brown, Director, Honours Programme, Department of History.

 Applications will be formally considered when final grades for the year are available.  Students with an overall average of 3.3 or better in History and other courses may expect acceptance into the programme.  At its discretion, the History Department may grant conditional acceptance to other students of outstanding promise.

What are the Course Requirements for the Honours Programme?

a)    Single Honours:

An Honours History degree requires 42 credit hours of upper-level (3000-5000 level) History courses, normally completed in the third and fourth years of an undergraduate degree programme in Arts.  A minimum of 27 of these credit hours must be at the 5000-level, and must include History 5900 (6 credit hours).

The distribution of courses for Single Honours students is typically as follows:

Third Year

  • 15 credit hours of 5000-level courses (including HIST 5900)
  • 9 additional credit hours of upper-level History courses
  • 6 credit hours in other disciplines

Fourth Year

  • 12 credit hours of 5000-level courses
  • 6 additional credit hours of upper-level History courses
  • 12 credit hours in other disciplines

 b)    Joint Honours (in History and another discipline):

A Joint Honours degree requires at least 36 credit hours in History.  24 of these must be at the upper-level, with a minimum of 12 credit hours at the 5000-level.

The distribution of History courses for Joint Honours students is typically as follows:

Third Year

  • 6 credit hours of 5000-level courses
  • 6 additional credit hours of upper-level History courses

Fourth Year

  • 6 credit hours of 5000-level courses
  • 6 additional credit hours of upper-level History courses

c)    Honours in Concurrent Programmes:

Students in concurrent programmes must fulfill the requirements for the Single or Joint Honours degree detailed above.  The sequence of courses, however, can be adjusted to suit the needs of individual students.

 Saint Thomas University Courses:

UNB Honours students are permitted to take STU Honours seminars and lecture courses to fulfill their Honours requirements

What are the Standards for Graduating with an Honours Degree?

A first-class Honours degree requires a grade-point average of at least 3.6 in upper-level History courses.  A regular Honours degree requires a grade-point average of at least 3.0 in upper-level History courses.  All Honours degrees require a grade-point average of at least 2.5 in related subjects.

Where Can I Obtain Further Information and Advice?

The Director of the History Honours Programme serves as faculty advisor to all Honours students.  Contact Professor Sean Kennedy <skennedy@unb.ca>.  Additional information is available at the History website: http://www.unbf.ca/arts/History/ugrad.html.

 For more ideas about career possibilities for History graduates see:  https://www.unb.ca/sweb/careerconnections/your_major/arts/history/.

For more information, return to the Department’s website

Honours Seminar descriptions.