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Bachelor of Arts Requirements

B.A. degrees in Liberal Arts are conferred by Bishop’s University on TMI’s recommendation with students have fulfilled the following requirements.

Admissions

All students wishing to take courses for credit must apply for admission. The Accreditation Committee (AC) reviews all applications and interviews all applicants. Applicants must submit a package comprising the following items: a TMI participant intake form, an up-to-date CV, all academic transcripts, copies of personal identification documents, and a letter of motivation. The AC may request additional documentation as it judges appropriate.

All degree students must meet to register formally each year by an appointment with the Admissions and Accreditation Committee. Contact us at info@thomasmore.qc.ca to arrange an appointment.

Mature Students

Students 23 years of age or over who do not have a DEC, but who satisfy the AC that they have the potential to be successful in university-level courses, may be admitted as mature students. Mature students who wish to pursue a B.A. at TMI are typically granted 12 advanced standing credits.

Total Credits

Students admitted with a DEC must earn 90 credits (30 university-level courses); students admitted without a DEC must earn 120 credits (36 university-level courses). Advanced standing may be available for students who have completed some coursework toward a DEC or who qualify for admission as a mature student.

The eight areas of study and the credit requirements for each area are: Philosophy 18 credits; Literature 24 (6 credits in French); Classical Culture 6 credits; History 6 credits; Social Science and Scientific Thought 12 credits; Mathematical Thought 6 credits; Religious Studies and Theology 12 credits; and Essay Writing 6 credits.

Liberal Arts Distribution

Students must fulfill TMI’s distribution requirements, which comprise 60 credits over nine disciplines.

Second Language

Students must earn at least six credits in courses where a language other than English is the primary language of instruction. Written work in these courses must be submitted in the language of instruction (i.e., not in English).

Writing Competence

Students must pass TMI’s writing effectiveness course at an honours level—that is, with a grade of 75/100 (75%) or higher.

Comprehensive
Certificate
Requirements

Students can earn a TMI Comprehensive Certificate by developing and completing, under the supervision of an advisor, an individually tailored program of studies that explores a topic from a variety of perspectives. The Certificate does not confer a professional credential, but rather attests to the student’s multifaceted engagement with the chosen topic.

Admissions

All students wishing to take courses for credit must apply for admission. The Accreditation Committee (AC) reviews all applications and interviews all applicants. Applicants must submit a package comprising the following items: a TMI participant intake form, an up-to-date CV, all academic transcripts, copies of personal identification documents, and a letter of motivation. The AC may request additional documentation as it judges appropriate.

Six Courses Passed at Honours Level

Working in consultation with an academic advisor, students must define an individualized plan of study that comprises a minimum of six 12-week TMI courses, all to be completed within a five-year period. The studnet must pass each course at an honours level—that is, with a grade of 75/100 (75%) or higher.

Integrative Essay

In addition to their coursework, students must submit soon after the completion of the final course a 4,000-word essay that summarizes and integrates the most important ideas and insights they have gleaned. The essay must also receive a grade of 75/100 (75%) or higher.

FINANCIAL AID

TMI offers several forms of financial aid to students pursuing either a B.A. or a Comprehensive Certificate, including full bursaries, partial scholarships, and awards. Bursaries are awarded either on the basis of financial need or academic merit. Scholarships and awards—such as the Catherine Gleason Lifelong Learning Scholarship and the Charlotte Tansey Award—are awarded according to specific criteria.

Students interested in applying for financial aid should consult with their adviser.

ATTENDANCE

Deadline for course withdrawal: Students have until the end of the third week of a given term to withdraw from a course without this being noted on their permanent record.

Students who miss two classes in a one-semester course or four classes in a two-semester course will not be credited. It is not recommended that full-time or part-time students take more than one year off during their studies. If a serious medical or personal issue makes absences necessary, the student must submit a written request for exemption from this requirement. In the case of an illness, the request must be countersigned by a medical doctor.

Students who do not agree with their evaluation can request a revision within two weeks of receiving their mark. This request must be delivered in writing to the Thomas More Institute, stating the reason(s) for the request. The revision procedure will be supervised by the Curriculum Committee, working with the course leaders. The Academic Director will inform the student of his/her new mark, if a change is approved.

EVALUATION

Students taking a course for credit will be evaluated on their participation in class discussions and on their written work. In general, students must obtain an overall grade of at least 50/100 (50%) to receive credit for a course, although those pursuing a Comprehensive Certificate must pass each course at an honours level—that is, with a grade of 75/100 (75%) or higher.

Please note that all forms of intellectual dishonesty—including plagiarism, cheating, etc.—are taken very seriously and will incur severe disciplinary action.

In general, students will be required to write a 3,500 word essay per course, (or the equivalent, as determined by the course leaders). In some cases, an examination can take the place of the essay. In such a case, the same rule applies for the pass mark and for the supplementary examinations as in the case of essays.

The essays will be written on a topic assigned during the penultimate class of the semester. Students will have five (5) weeks to complete and hand in their essays. The exact due date will be specified on the essay assignment sheet. If a student fails to hand in the essay by the scheduled date, no credit will be given. Exceptional circumstances may be taken into consideration and must be approved by the course leaders and the Curriculum Committee prior to the deadline.

Essays will be submitted in accordance with the guidelines for submission and correction of student essays. A student must obtain a mark of at least 50% in order for a course to be credited. If a student obtains a mark below 50%, he or she can write a supplementary essay and be marked on the second essay only. Students are allowed a total of three supplementary essays during the course of their studies for the Bachelor’s degree, after which they are excluded from the program.

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