Types of Specializations

Hard to choose isn’t it?

If you have more than one interest, you might choose to add a minor or another major. Some specializations require you apply for a major, minor, combined major or honours degree.

There are several ways to pursue your degree:

Major — Your major is the focus of your degree. Of the 40 courses (or 120 credits) you’ll take as part of your degree, at least 14 (or 42 credits) will be in your major.

Double Major — If you’d like two areas of focus in your degree, you might choose to complete two major specializations. You won’t have much room for courses outside of your two majors.

Minor — You can opt to include a secondary focus to your degree. You’ll complete 10 courses (30 credits) in your minor, which leaves you some room to take courses in other areas outside of your specialty.

Combined major — Two complementary fields of study can be combined into one major. Current available combinations include: Economics and Mathematics, Economics and Philosophy, Economics and Political Science, Economics and Statistics, and Philosophy and Political Science. If you want to create another combination of study, then you should consider the Interdisciplinary Studies specialization.

Honours — An honours degree will offer you a more intensive study of your specialization, and includes a thesis, which involves conducting independent research.

When should you think about pursuing an honours degree? If you have a strong interest and aptitude in your area of study, you may be encouraged to enter an honours degree. Many graduate programs also recommend completing an honours degree.

Advice on choosing a major