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Examples of course selections

NOTE: THERE ARE NOW ONLY TWO OPTIONS IN THE FRESHMAN PROGRAM

EXAMPLES FOR OPTION 1

Example 1: You're a student admitted into the B.A. Freshman Program with no advanced standing credits

In this instance, you are admitted into a 120-credit degree program, and are not permitted to exceed the maximum of 18 credits in any one category and 12 credits per department.

Using the B.A. Freshman Program Approved Courses list and the electronic form to have your course selection approved, decide on how you intend to fulfil the B.A. Freshman Program requirements.

The normal course load per term is 5 courses for a total of 10 courses per academic year. Therefore, you have 10 courses to divide among the 4 categories - Social Sciences, Humanities, Languages, and Math Science. Confused? The following may clarify things. In order to fulfil the B.A. Freshman Program core requirements and still adhere to the limitations set out above, some examples of the course distribution can be as follows:

Social Sciences
Humanities
Languages
Math and Science
18 credits
6 credits
6 credits
0 credits
or
12 credits
3 credits
6 credits
9 credits
or
9 credits
6 credits
12 credits
3 credits
or
3 credits
6 credits
9 credits
14 credits

In all these examples, you are fulfilling at least 6 credits in 3 out of 4 categories without exceeding the maximum of 18 credits in any one category keeping in mind that the maximum number of credits per department is 12.

Example 2: You're a student admitted into the B.A. Freshman Program with advanced standing (on the basis of Advanced Placements) in French Language and in Microeconomics

In this instance, you are admitted into a 111-credit degree program and could fulfil the B.A. Freshman Program core requirements for Option 1 as follows:

Advanced Standing Credits:

Social Sciences
Humanities
Languages
Math & Science
3 credits microeconomics
0 credits
6 credits French (exemption
for FRSL 211D)
0 credits

McGill Credits:

Social Sciences
Humanities
Languages
Math & Science
3 credits
12 credits
6 credits
0 credits
Total:
6 credits
12 credits
12 credits
30 credits

The minimum of 6 credits in one of the categories has been fulfilled (6 credits in languages). In addition, you have been granted 3 advanced standing credits in a second category, the social sciences, and you need to complete only another 3 credits in the social sciences to fulfil the minimum of 6 credits in a second category. You must also complete 6 credits in a third category.

To try and clarify the matter, let us suppose that to fulfil the core B.A. Freshman Program requirements, Option 1, you first register for 3 credits in the social sciences, 12 credits in the humanities and 6 credits in languages. At this point you will have registered for 21 credits and will have fulfilled the minimum of at least 6 credits in 3 out of 4 categories.

If you wish to register for 30 credits in your freshman year, you still have another 9 credits to select. You may select these credits from any category, including humanities or languages

Clear as mud? When selecting your courses, keep in mind the following:

advanced standing credits + McGill credits = minimum of 6 credits to a maximum of 18 credits in each of 3 out of 4 categories

advanced standing credits + McGill credits = 30 credits for the freshman year

Translation: Once you complete 30 credits (including advanced standing credits) and have fulfilled the B.A. Freshman Program requirements Option 1 (a minimum of 6 credits in 3 of the 4 categories), you will have completed the Freshman Program.

EXAMPLES FOR OPTION 2

Example 5: You're a student admitted into the B.A. Freshman Program with no advanced standing.

In this instance, you are admitted into a 120 - credit degree program and required to complete 18 credits of core courses conducted in French. Depending on your degree of language proficiency, this may include a maximum of 12 credits of Intensive French Language. A Placement test is required before admission to any French language course including Beginner's French. Once you have chosen courses to fulfill the core requirement, the remainder of the courses can be selected from the Approved courses for the B.A. Freshman Program list.

Example 6: You're a student admitted into the B.A. Freshman Program with advanced standing (on the basis of Advanced Placements) in French Language and in U.S. History.

In this instance, you are admitted into a 108 credit degree program and would be required to complete the B.A. Freshman core requirements for Option 3.

Keeping in mind, that the normal course load for the academic year is 10 courses, use the "B.A. Freshman Program Approval Courses" list to select your remaining elective courses.

Advanced Standing Credits:

French Language
Electives
6 credits
(exemption for FRSL 211D)
6 credits
U.S. History

Six credits out of 18 credits in French have been fulfilled. In addition, you have been granted 6 advanced standing credits as elective courses. Therefore, you must complete 12 credits in French Language to fulfill your B.A. Freshman Core requirement.

A bit confused? When selecting your courses, keep in mind the following:

Advanced standing credits + McGill credits = 18 credits in French and 12 credits elective courses.

Advanced standing credits + McGill credits = 30 credits for Freshman year.

Translation: Once you complete 30 credits (including advanced standing credits) and have fulfilled the B.A. Freshman Program requirements for Option 3, you will have completed the Freshman Program.

Still CONFUSED?

For both Options, an adviser will be able to help you determine how many credits you must take to complete your freshman program requirements.