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Honours Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies

Available: Fall, Winter

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 practical experience through the work term – 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,

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8 Semesters (4 Years)

Credential Awarded

Honours Bachelor Degree

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

Work-Integrated Learning

Mandatory Degree Work Term

A work experience that includes at least one term in a formal work environment. The work term(s) may be a paid or unpaid position that is completed between two academic semesters and requires a minimum of 420 hours of work. Students must be in good standing and meet all identified requirements prior to participating in the work experience. The successful completion of the work term(s) is required for graduation. Eligibility for participation does not guarantee that a work position will be secured. Additional fees are required for the mandatory degree work term regardless of success in securing a work position.

Work-Integrated Learning Model
  Fall Winter Summer
Year 1 Semester 1 Semester 2 Vacation
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  

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.


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 enrol 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.


Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent including six Grade 12 (U) or (M) courses with a minimum overall average of 65%, or a mature applicant (21 years or older and has been out of high school for a minimum of two years). Mature applicants should disclose all previous postsecondary transcripts which may be used for admission decisions.

Required courses - minimum final grade of 65% in each:

  • English: Grade 12 ENG 4 (U)
  • Mathematics: any Grade 12 (U)

Applicants must meet Seneca English Proficiency requirements for degree programs.

Applicants with a two or three-year college diploma in any discipline may apply for the Degree Completion option.

Program Costs

Choose academic year:

Tuition – Domestic


Tuition – International


Book & Supply Costs


Please note: All costs are approximate, may vary by campus and are subject to change at any time without notice. Parking, locker and some mandatory incidental fees are among the charges not included in the figures above.

Program Details

The Degree and Credit Transfer Office provides a number of services for students continuing their education at Seneca, and for graduating students considering degree transfer options.

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at various post-secondary institutions. Please refer to the Degree Transfer Guide for more information.

Transfer Credit may be granted for courses deemed equivalent to courses at Seneca that have been completed at recognized postsecondary institutions. Additional information is available online.

Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant term.

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.

Also see: English and Liberal Studies requirements.

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.


Need to know more about your application and/or the application process? Reach out to our admissions advisors for assistance.

416.491.5050 ext. 22840

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Additional Contacts
Financial Aid & Awards

Program Coordinator

Naomi Kestenbaum 416.491.5050 ext. 26865

Program Chair

Camille Soucie 416.491.5050 ext. 22309


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