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HESO Degree Options & Requirements

Beyond choosing to study Health & Society, you’ve got the option to customize how you study. You can choose the length and depth of specialization within your degree — whether it’s a three-year bachelor’s or more intensive four-year honours bachelor’s program. If you’re weighing two subjects of interest but can’t make a decision, you’re able to declare a major, which would be your primary area of study, as well as a minor, or secondary subject. Or give them equal billing and go for a double major. Whatever path you envision, you’ll have choices to accommodate you along the way.

Not sure which courses you need to enrol in to complete the requirements for your degree? The checklists below are intended as guides to help you select which courses you need to take.

NOTE:

Choose the checklist for the year you began your study. These checklists do not provide official confirmation of your eligibility to graduate. To find out which courses you have already completed toward your degree, use the Degree Progress Report. For more help, contact your academic advisor.


Bachelor's (BA)

Major credits: Students will take at least 30 credits in Health & Society including the following:

  • AP/SOSC 1801 6.0 - Health Controversies: Issues of Health, Illness
  • AP/SOSC 2110 6.0 - A Critical Study of Health & Society
  • AP/SOSC 3993 3.0 - Strategies of Social Science Research
  • at least 15 additional credits at the 3000 level chosen from the Health & Society course list.

Checklists:


Honours BA

Major credits: Students will take at least 48 credits in Health & Society including the following:

  • AP/SOSC 1801 6.0 – Health Controversies
  • AP/SOSC 2110 6.0 – A Critical Study of Health & Society
  • AP/SOSC 3993 3.0 – Strategies of Social Science Research
  • AP/SOSC 4140 6.0 – Health and Society Seminar
  • AP/SOSC 4144 6.0 – Engaging Health in the Community
  • 15 additional credits at the 3000 level or above chosen from the Health & Society course list, including at least 6 credits from the Department of Social Science
  • 6 additional Social Science credits at the 4000 level chosen from the Health & Society course list.

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Honours Double Major BA

The Honours BA program may be pursued jointly with approved Honours Double Major degree programs in the Faculties of Environmental Studies, Health, Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, or Science, the School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design, or the Lassonde School of Engineering. For further details on requirements, refer to the listings for specific Honours programs that may be pursued jointly with other Faculties.

Note: in a double major program, a course may count only once toward major credit.


Honours Double Major Interdisciplinary Linked BA

The Honours BA program may be linked with any Honours Double Major Interdisciplinary BA program in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies. Students must take at least 42 credits in health and society and at least 36 credits in the interdisciplinary program. Courses taken to meet health and society requirements cannot also be used to meet the requirements of the interdisciplinary program. Students in these interdisciplinary programs must take a total of at least 18 credits at the 4000 level including at least 12 credits in health and society and six credits in the interdisciplinary program. For further details of requirements, refer to the listings for specific Honours Double Major Interdisciplinary BA programs.

Note: in a double major program, a course may count only once toward major credit.


Honours Major/Minor BA

The Honours BA program may be pursued jointly with approved Honours Minor degree programs in the Faculties of Environmental Studies, Health, Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, or Science, the School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design, or the Lassonde School of Engineering. For further details on requirements, refer to the listings for specific Honours programs that may be pursued jointly with other Faculties.

Note: in a major/minor program, a course may count only once toward major credit or minor credit.


Honours Minor BA

The Honours Minor BA program described may be combined with any approved Honours BA program that offers a major/minor option in the Faculties of Environmental Studies, Health, Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, or Science, the School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design, or the Lassonde School of Engineering. For further details on requirements, refer to the listings for specific Honours programs that may be pursued jointly with other Faculties.

Note: in a major/minor program, a course may count only once toward major credit or minor credit.