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Academic Regulations

Students are subject to the academic regulations of the Faculty of Arts.

Dean's List

Dean’s List designation recognizes exceptional academic achievement in the Faculty of Arts.

Students who complete at least 27 percentage-graded credits in a Winter Session, and who achieve an average of 85% or higher on at least 27 of these credits, will receive the notation "Dean's List" on their permanent record.

Students in the Arts Co-operative Education program who complete a Co-operative work placement in either Term of a Winter Session and at least 15 percentage-graded credits in the other Term, and who achieve an average of 85% or higher on at least 15 of these credits, will receive the notation "Dean's List" on their permanent record.

Scholarships and Awards

For information on scholarships and awards available to academically outstanding students, see Awards, scholarships and bursaries. See also Fees, Financial Assistance, and Scholarships.

Class Standing at Graduation

The designation “with Distinction” will be notated on the degree parchment for any student who has achieved an average between 80% and 84.9%, calculated on all attempted UBC academic courses numbered 300* or higher. The designation “with High Distinction” will be notated on the degree parchment for any student who has achieved an average of at least 85%, calculated on all attempted UBC academic courses numbered 300* or higher. B.I.E. students who achieve a Core average of 90% or higher, calculated on all attempted upper-level Core credits, will also receive “Honours” standing, appearing on the degree parchment as “Honours with High Distinction”.

*For students who complete a Minor in Music, ensemble and composition courses with 100- or 200-level course numbers will count as 300- or 400-level courses, and hence as part of the upper-level average calculation, when taken in the third or fourth years.

Promotion Requirements

In order to progress from one year-level standing to the next, a student must successfully complete a sufficient total number of B.I.E.-eligible credits. These may include transfer credit as well as credit earned through exchange. Year-level standing impacts a student’s eligibility for specializations and courses, and is one of the factors considered when registration dates are set.

Promotion is evaluated annually upon completion of the Winter Session. Students who have successfully completed 27 credits are promoted to second year standing. Those who have completed 54 credits are promoted to third year standing, and those who have completed 84 credits are promoted to fourth year standing.

Continuation Requirements

Continuation, or a student’s eligibility to continue registering in their degree program, is evaluated annually upon completion of the Winter Session. Continued registration eligibility is granted based on the Sessional Average for the Winter Session, as well as a review of specific continuation requirements.

Students will be assigned Pass standing and permitted to continue in the B.I.E. program if they achieve (i) a sessional average of at least 60% and (ii) an average of at least 65% in their Core courses1 and (iii) a passing grade in any foundational Core courses attempted in the Winter Session under evaluation (foundational Core courses are MATH 104/184 and MATH 105 (or equivalents); ECON 101 and ECON 102).

Students will be required to discontinue the B.I.E. program if they fail to achieve either (i), (ii), or (iii) in the Winter Session under evaluation but achieve a sessional average of at least 55%. These students will be permitted to register in the B.A. Program in the Faculty of Arts in Good Standing (Pass).

Students with a sessional average between 50% and 54.9% will be required to discontinue the B.I.E. Program, but will be permitted to remain enrolled in the Faculty of Arts in the B.A. Program on academic probation (ACPR) Students with a sessional average of less than 50% will be given Fail standing and will be required to withdraw from the University.

Summary of Continuation Requirements*

  Winter Session Average Core Average1,2 Sessional Standing Continuation Status in B.I.E.
60% or more 65% or more Pass Eligible to continue
60% or more Less than 65% Pass Required to discontinue
55% - 59.9% Pass Required to discontinue
50% - 54.9% ACPR Required to discontinue
Less than 50% Fail Required to withdraw
* Students required to discontinue from the B.I.E. may transfer into the B.A. Program in the Faculty of Arts. Students required to withdraw are not eligible for the B.A. and must withdraw from the University
1 Core average is computed on the following required Core courses: MATH 104/184, MATH 105; ECON 101, 102, 255, 309, 315, 316, 317, 327, 328; COEC 293; and WRDS 150 (or equivalents to any of these). The calculation of the Core average will include any and all of these courses if they were taken in the Winter Session under evaluation. Core courses completed in prior Sessions are not included in subsequent calculations.
2 Note that, if any of MATH 104/184 and/or MATH 105 (or equivalents), ECON 101 and/or ECON 102 are attempted in the Session, students must achieve a passing grade in the course(s) in addition to maintaining their Core Average. A student who fails any of these courses will be required to discontinue from the B.I.E.

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