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Honours Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies

Honours Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies

(Co-op)

Program Code:INS
Campus:Newnham
Duration:8 Semesters (4 Years)
Offered:Fall
Winter
Credential Awarded:Honours Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies

Program Description

The Honours Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies is also known as the Accelerated Bachelor’s Degree, and is an innovative degree that provides you with the liberal arts education to complement your diploma and advance your career prospects. The degree is customized and mapped out in consultation with you. You will receive transfer credit for your professional program courses and gain direct entry into the degree. You’ll take liberal arts courses to complete your degree credential in 2 to 2.5 years, and have an opportunity to gain work experience though co-op – allowing you to build a network of contacts ahead of graduation.

Turn your 2 year or 3 year diploma from a recognized College into a degree at Seneca. If you hold a 2 year diploma, you will be granted transfer credits for 1.5 years of study towards the degree. If you hold a 3 year advanced diploma, you will be granted transfer credits for 2 years of study towards the degree. Students with additional postsecondary credits may be entitled to additional transfer credits.

To find out more and to start mapping out your custom degree, please contact the Honours Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies Degree Co-ordinator, Naomi.Kestenbaum@senecacollege.ca

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:
    • Six Grade 12 (U) or (M) courses with a minimum 65% average including:
      • Grade 12 English: ENG4(U) - minimum grade of 65%
      • Grade 12 Mathematics: any (U) level Mathematics - minimum grade of 65%
  • OR Mature Student Status (age 21 years or older and has been out of school for a minimum of two years) with the above prerequisite course(s) or their equivalent(s) with a minimum grade of 65%. All previous postsecondary transcripts should be disclosed and may be used in an admission decision.

Fees

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Your Career

The Honours Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (INS) program could be your path to a position in a competitive workforce or graduate level postsecondary education. As a graduate of the INS degree program, you’ll be able to work within a specialized professional field while bringing in experience and transferable skills acquired from interdisciplinary study. The degree will allow students who have completed a college diploma program to fulfill the requirements of a degree program in two or two and a half years.

It is anticipated that graduates will find employment in their professional field or with employers who look for degree graduates, for example, in the following:

  • community-based not-for-profit organizations
  • education (school boards and universities)
  • government (municipal, provincial, federal)
  • financial services (banks, insurance companies)
  • conservation authorities
  • police forces
  • retail

Co-operative Education

This degree program offers the advantage of a paid co-op work-term for all students. During the co-op placement, you will have the opportunity to become involved in real– life work experiences where critical thinking, problem–solving and interpersonal skills are used. This work experience will help you to improve your marketability as a professional in the field. The work term is scheduled over the summer semester.

All students will complete a mandatory co-op work term. Students will also take two mandatory subjects associated with this requirement: Co-op Professional Practice in the semester preceding the co-op work term and Co-op Integration and Career Planning in the semester following their first co-op work term.

Co-op Work Term Model
  Fall Winter Summer
Year 1 Semester 1 Semester 2 Vacation
OR
Year 1   Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 2 Semester 3 Semester 4 Vacation
Year 3 Semester 5 Semester 6 Work Term
Year 4 Semester 7 Semester 8  

Transfer Credit

Students applying to this program who hold an Ontario advanced diploma (three-year program) from any Ontario College of Applied Arts and Technology will be granted advanced standing for a maximum of two years. Up to 15 courses may be applied against the degree's vocational component. Up to five courses will be assessed on an individual basis, depending on the program from which the student graduated.

Graduates of two-year college diploma programs (Ontario diploma) will be granted advanced standing for up to one and a half years. Up to 10 courses may be applied against the degree’s vocational component. Up to five courses will be assessed on an individual basis and depend on the program from which the student graduated.

A 3.0 GPA from a two-year diploma or three-year advanced diploma program is eligible for block transfer credits as outlined in the admissions process.

Prior University Experience

Those whose prior postsecondary experience includes university degree courses may be eligible for advanced standing credit which will be assessed on an individual basis and dependent on the previous program.

Degree Completion Requirements

Mandatory Courses:

Communications – Minimum four courses. Three specified courses: Writing Strategies, Introduction - Scholarly Research and Writing, Presentation Skills; plus one upper– level communication elective course (300 or 400 level).

Mathematics/Science – Minimum four courses. Three specified courses: Quantitative Reasoning, Mathematics of Statistics, and Introduction to the Natural Sciences; plus one upper–level Math/Science elective course (300 or 400 level).

Humanities – Minimum three courses. Two specified courses: World Civilizations I and World Civilizations II; plus one upper–level Humanities elective course (300 or 400 level).

Social Science – Minimum three courses. Two specified courses: Introduction to the Social Sciences I and Introduction to the Social Sciences II; plus one upper–level Social Science elective course (300 or 400 level).

Research Courses:

Minimum four courses: INR300, INR700, and INR800.

Liberal Studies Options:

Students will be required to complete 4 lower-level and 2 upper-level electives.

Professional Options:

Minimum 15 courses in total selected from existing Seneca degree programs. A maximum of 10 courses can be at the lower–level and a minimum of 5 courses must be at the upper–level.

Sequence

The Honours Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies program is designed to meet the individual needs of students. Students enter the program with varying years of academic experience and as a result, will enroll in courses in accordance with their circumstances. For example, students could have completed a two or three-year college diploma, both of which will require that courses be completed in a different manner. Similarly, a student who begins the program in Year One will complete courses in a different pattern. The only necessary sequence will be to meet the prerequisite course requirements as stipulated in the calendar.

It is imperative for every student to meet with the program co-ordinator to determine the sequence of courses necessary to satisfy the degree requirements.

Important Academic Dates

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Courses

In accordance with PEQAB requirements, this program has a minimal overall acceptable achievement for progression.

Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.

2016/2017 Academic Year

In accordance with PEQAB requirements, this program has a minimal overall acceptable achievement for progression.

Direct Entry Student
(Sample Curriculum Path):

For students with no previous postsecondary credits. Precise order of courses will be determined in conjunction with the program coordinator.

Semester 1
ENG105 or
ENG106
Critical Thinking and Writing or
Writing Strategies I
INS100 Introduction to the Social Sciences I
INT100 Quantitative Reasoning
INW100 World Civilizations I
plus: Liberal Studies Course
 
Semester 2
ENG207 Introduction - Scholarly Research and Writing
INS200 Introduction to the Social Sciences II
INT202 Mathematics of Statistics
INW200 World Civilizations II
plus: Liberal Studies Course
 
Semester 3
INX100 Introduction to the Natural Sciences
plus: Professional Option Course
plus: Professional Option Course
plus: Professional Option Course
plus: Liberal Studies Course
 
Semester 4
LSP400 Presentation Skills
plus: Professional Option Course
plus: Professional Option Course
plus: Professional Option Course
plus: Liberal Studies Course
 
Semester 5
INR300 Critical Analysis of Research
plus: Professional Option Course
plus: Professional Option Course
plus: Professional Option Course
plus: Liberal Studies Course
(Humanities Level 300/400)
 
Semester 6
plus: Liberal Studies Course or
Professional Option Course
plus: Professional Option Course
plus: Professional Option Course
plus: Liberal Studies Course
(Social Science Level 300/400)
plus: Liberal Studies Course
CPP600 Co-op Professional Practice
CWT100 Co-op Work-Term
 
Semester 7
INR700 Capstone Research Project I
plus: Professional Option Course
plus: Professional Option Course
plus: Professional Option Course
plus: Liberal Studies Course
(Science Level 300/400)
CPP700 Co-op Integration and Career Planning
 
Semester 8
INR800 Captsone Research Project II
plus: Open Option Course (Level 300/400)
plus: Professional Option Course
plus: Liberal Studies Course
(Communication Level 300/400)
plus: Liberal Studies Course

Note: Students must complete a minimum of 15 Professional/Vocational subjects. A maximum of 10 subjects can be at the lower (100/200) level and a minimum of 5 subjects must be completed at the upper (300/400) level.

2015/2016 Academic Year

In accordance with PEQAB requirements, this program has a minimal overall acceptable achievement for progression.

Direct Entry Student
(Sample Curriculum Path):

For students with no previous postsecondary credits. Precise order of courses will be determined in conjunction with the program coordinator.

Semester 1
ENG105 or
ENG106
Critical Thinking and Writing or
Writing Strategies I
INS100 Introduction to the Social Sciences I
INT100 Quantitative Reasoning
INW100 World Civilizations I
plus: Liberal Studies Course
 
Semester 2
ENG207 Introduction - Scholarly Research and Writing
INS200 Introduction to the Social Sciences II
INT202 Mathematics of Statistics
INW200 World Civilizations II
plus: Liberal Studies Course
 
Semester 3
INX100 Introduction to the Natural Sciences
plus: Professional Option Course
plus: Professional Option Course
plus: Professional Option Course
plus: Liberal Studies Course
 
Semester 4
LSP400 Presentation Skills
plus: Professional Option Course
plus: Professional Option Course
plus: Professional Option Course
plus: Liberal Studies Course
 
Semester 5
INR300 Critical Analysis of Research
plus: Professional Option Course
plus: Professional Option Course
plus: Professional Option Course
plus: Liberal Studies Course
(Humanities Level 300/400)
 
Semester 6
plus: Liberal Studies Course or
Professional Option Course
plus: Professional Option Course
plus: Professional Option Course
plus: Liberal Studies Course
(Social Science Level 300/400)
plus: Liberal Studies Course
CPP600 Co-op Professional Practice
CWT100 Co-op Work-Term
 
Semester 7
INR700 Capstone Research Project I
plus: Professional Option Course
plus: Professional Option Course
plus: Professional Option Course
plus: Liberal Studies Course
(Science Level 300/400)
CPP700 Co-op Integration and Career Planning
 
Semester 8
INR800 Captsone Research Project II
plus: Open Option Course (Level 300/400)
plus: Professional Option Course
plus: Liberal Studies Course
(Communication Level 300/400)
plus: Liberal Studies Course

Note: Students must complete a minimum of 15 Professional/Vocational subjects. A maximum of 10 subjects can be at the lower (100/200) level and a minimum of 5 subjects must be completed at the upper (300/400) level.

College Diploma Graduate
(Sample Curriculum Path):

For students who have graduated with a two-year Ontario college diploma and have received advanced standing for fifteen courses. Precise required courses and particular order will be dependent on previous college diploma and will be determined in conjunction with program coordinator. Advanced diploma graduates will follow a different pattern.

Semester 4
Introduction - Scholarly Research and Writing
Introduction to the Social Sciences I
World Civilizations I
Introduction to the Natural Sciences
Liberal Studies Option
 
Semester 5
Mathematics of Statistics
Critical Analysis of Research
Introduction to the Social Sciences II
World Civilizations
 
Semester 6
Liberal Studies Option or
Professional Option
Professional Option
Professional Option
Liberal Studies Option
Liberal Studies Option (Social Science Level 300/400)
Co-op Professional Practice
Co-op Work-Term
 
Semester 7
Capstone Research Project I
Professional Option
Professional Option
Liberal Studies Option (Science Level 300/400)
Liberal Studies Option
Co-op Integration and Career Planning
 
Semester 8
Capstone Research Project II
Professional Option
Liberal Studies Option (Communication Level 300/400)
Open Option (Level 300/400)
Open Option (Level 300/400)

2014/2015 Academic Year

In accordance with PEQAB requirements, this program has a minimal overall acceptable achievement for progression.

Direct Entry Student
(Sample Curriculum Path):

For students with no previous postsecondary credits. Precise order of courses will be determined in conjunction with the program coordinator.

Semester 1 Course Name Hrs/Wk
INT100 Quantitative Reasoning 3
ENG106 Writing Strategies I 3
INS100 Introduction to the Social Sciences I 3
INW100 World Civilizations I 3
XXXXXX Liberal Studies Option 3
 
Semester 2 Course Name Hrs/Wk
ENG207 Introduction – Scholarly Research and Writing 3
INS200 Introduction to the Social Sciences II 3
INT202 Mathematics of Statistics 3
INW200 World Civilizations II 3
XXXXXX Liberal Studies Option 3
 
Semester 3 Course Name Hrs/Wk
INX100 Introduction to the Natural Sciences 3
XXXXXX Liberal Studies Option 3
XXXXXX Professional Option 3
XXXXXX Professional Option 3
XXXXXX Professional Option 3
 
Semester 4 Course Name Hrs/Wk
LSP400 Presentation Skills 3
XXXXXX Liberal Studies Option 3
XXXXXX Professional Option 3
XXXXXX Professional Option 3
XXXXXX Professional Option 3
 
Semester 5 Course Name Hrs/Wk
INR300 Critical Analysis of Research 3
XXXXXX Professional Option 3
XXXXXX Professional Option 3
XXXXXX Professional Option 3
XXXXXX Open Option (Level 300/400)
 
Semester 6 Course Name Hrs/Wk
INR400 Applied Research Methods 3
XXXXXX Liberal Studies Option 3
XXXXXX Professional Option 3
XXXXXX Professional Option 3
XXXXXX Open Option (Level 300/400)
CPP600 Co-op Professional Practice 2
CWT100

Co-op Work-Term

 
Semester 7 Course Name Hrs/Wk
INR700 Capstone Research Project I 3
XXXXXX Professional Option 3
XXXXXX Professional Option 3
XXXXXX Professional Option 3
XXXXXX Open Option (Level 300/400)
CPP700 Co-op Integration and Career Planning 1
 
Semester 8 Course Name Hrs/Wk
INR800 Capstone Research Project II 5
XXXXXX Liberal Studies Option 3
XXXXXX Professional Option 3
XXXXXX Open Option (Level 300/400)
XXXXXX Independent Study 3

Note: Students must complete a minimum of 15 Professional/Vocational courses. A maximum of 10 courses can be at the lower (100/200) level and a minimum of 5 courses must be completed at the upper (300/400) level.

College Diploma Graduate
(Sample Curriculum Path):

For students who have graduated with a two-year Ontario college diploma and have received advanced standing for fifteen courses. Precise required courses and particular order will be dependent on previous college diploma and will be determined in conjunction with program coordinator. Advanced diploma graduates will follow a different pattern.

Semester 4 Course Name Hrs/Wk
INS100 Introduction to the Social Sciences 3
INW100 World Civilizations I 3
INX100 Introduction to the Natural Sciences 3
ENG207 Writing Strategies II 3
XXXXXX Liberal Studies Option 3
 
Semester 5 Course Name Hrs/Wk
INT202 Introduction to Statistics 3
INR300 Critical Analysis of Research 3
INS200 Introduction to the Social Sciences II 3
INW200 World Civilizations II 3
XXXXXX Liberal Studies Option 3
 
Semester 6 Course Name Hrs/Wk
INR400 Applied Research Methods 3
XXXXXX Liberal Studies Option 3
XXXXXX Professional Option 3
XXXXXX Professional Option 3
XXXXXX Open Option (Level 300/400)
CPP600 Coop Professional Practice 2
CWT100 Co-op Work-Term 1
 
Semester 7 Course Name Hrs/Wk
LSP800 Applied Research Project 3
XXXXXX Liberal Studies Option 3
XXXXXX Professional Option 3
XXXXXX Professional Option 3
XXXXXX Open Option (Level 300/400)
CPP700 Co-op Integration and Career Planning 1
 
Semester 8 Course Name Hrs/Wk
XXXXXX Applied Research Project II 3
XXXXXX Professional Option 3
XXXXXX Open Option (Level 300/400)
XXXXXX Open Option (Level 300/400)
XXXXXX Independent Study 3

Seneca has been granted a consent by the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities to offer this degree for a 7-year term starting April 26, 2012. In conformity with the Minister’s criteria and requirements, Seneca will submit an application for the renewal of the consent for this program 12 months prior to the expiration of the consent. Seneca shall ensure that all students admitted to the above-named program during the period of consent will have the opportunity to complete the program within a reasonable time frame.

Contact Us

Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Maureen Massicot
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22014
Maureen.Massicot@senecacollege.ca
International Admissions Advisor: Lerna Francisco
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22758
Lerna.Francisco@senecacollege.ca
Registration & Records Advisor:
  Ashitha Jacob
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22584
Ashitha.Jacob@senecacollege.ca
Program Contacts:
Program Coordinator: Naomi Kestenbaum
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 26865
naomi.kestenbaum@senecacollege.ca
Co-op Coordinator: Laura Occhiuto
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 26416
Laura.Occhiuto@senecacollege.ca
Program Chair: Camille Soucie
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22309
Camille.Soucie@senecacollege.ca
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