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Requirements for BA(CYS) Honours

Students wishing to obtain an honours degree must make formal application through the department chairperson by May 1 of the third year of the program or after the completion of 15 units.

Academic Entrance Requirements  

Minimum requirements for acceptance into the honours degree are a GPA of 3.0 in 10 of the required academic units listed in the first three years of the program with a grade of at least C- in each of these units.

Graduation Requirements   The Bachelor of Arts (Child & Youth Study) Honours requires:

Minimum requirements for acceptance into the honours degree are a GPA of 3.0 in 10 of the required academic units listed in the first three years of the program with a grade of at least C- in each of these units.

 

Students must fulfill the following requirements:

 

1.      fulfilment of all the requirements of the 22 unit degree including the completion of CHYS 4499

 

2.      unit from each core group A, B, and C listed on page 45:

            ❏ Core A - Sciences & Mathematics (1.0 unit)

            ❏ Core B - Social Sciences (1.0 unit)

            ❏ Core C - Humanities (1.0 unit)

 

3.      obtain a minimum GPA of 3.0 and a grade of at least C- in 10 units of the required CHYS courses

4.      achieve a minimum of B- in CHYS 4499

 

5.       obtain an overall GPA of 3.0 or better in all courses counted for the degree beyond the first 5.0 units taken Note: Practicum courses (CHYS 2251, 3351, 3352 and 4451) cannot be counted in the calculation of the GPA

 

Note: First-class honours will be awarded to students who  maintain a GPA of 3.5 or better in 10 units in the honours subject and no grade below B- in all courses counted for the degree beyond the first 5.0 units taken.

Application Procedure

Students wishing to obtain an honours degree must make formal application through the Department Chairperson by May 1 of the third year of the program or after the completion of 15 units (see below, for link to Application Form).  Acceptance will only be considered upon completion of the above entrance requirements.  Students are encouraged to discuss topics with individual faculty, but the Department as a whole will confirm supervisors.  The thesis supervisor, in consultation with the student, will then ask another faculty member to be a member of the student’s thesis committee.

The following points are relevant procedural matters related to successful applicants:

i.  Following acceptance into the Honours Program, the student and her/his supervisor will meet and mutually agree on how best to approach the student’s area of study.  At this meeting, requirements for CHYS 4499 will be outlined, expectations clarified, specific conditions noted, and timelines drawn up.  The supervisor will draft a written summary of decisions reached at this meeting and review them with the student.  This document will be signed by both the supervisor and the student.  Copies of the signed document will be distributed to the student and supervisor, and one copy placed on file in the Department office.

ii.  Students using human subjects must obtain ethical approval from the Department of Child & Youth Study Ethics Committee and the University Research Ethics Board (UREB) prior to initiating the study.  Students must use the appropriate form, MSVU Ethics Review Application Form, available on the MSVU website: www.msvu.ca by clicking on Research then Research Ethics, Forms then choosing Application for Research Ethics Clearance.

iii.  Following consultation with the student, the thesis supervisor shall ask another faculty member to be a member of the student’s thesis committee.

iv.  The student will submit a thesis proposal outline to her supervisor by October 15.  A thesis proposal should be submitted by December 1 and two copies of the completed thesis must be submitted by March 15.  On the first Tuesday after completion of practicum all students will make an oral presentation of their thesis before faculty and all other Honours students.  All final corrections/ amendments completed and two copies of the final thesis must be submitted by April 15 (this date may change in some years if classes end very early or late).  Other dates are dependent on the project and decided in consultation between the student and the thesis supervisor.  Any changes to the agreed upon timetable must be approved in writing by the supervisor.  Students who fail to meet the final deadline must apply to the Department for an extension.

Two copies of the final draft must be submitted to the thesis supervisor for feedback.  If feedback is positive, the supervisor passes the second copy on to the other committee member.  Minor changes are overseen by the supervisor.  Extensive changes must be discussed and negotiated between the student and thesis committee.

v.  The final grade in CHYS 4499 will be determined by consensus between the thesis supervisor and committee member.  If consensus cannot be reached and a wide discrepancy exists, then a third person, agreed upon by the student, thesis supervisor, and committee member, will be asked to grade the thesis.

vi.  Students having difficulty maintaining standards and guidelines expected of Honours students may be asked to withdraw from the Honours Program.  “Standards expected of Honours students include but are not limited to grades.”