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Bachelor of Arts Requirements

TMI students can earn a Bachelor of Arts Degree in the Liberal Arts conferred by Bishop’s University. All degree students must meet to register formally each year by an appointment with the Admissions and Accreditation Committee. Contact Len Richman, Chair, at to arrange an appointment.

Students undertaking the B.A. are expected to have the CEGEP diploma (DEC) and are required to successfully complete 30 university-level courses (equivalent to 90 credits).

Students 23 years of age or over who do not have a college (CEGEP) diploma must complete three pre-requisite university courses, in addition to the above requirement, for a total of 36 university-level courses (108 credits) in eight areas of study.

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.


TMI students can earn a Comprehensive Certificate by entering a program of studies in a particular area. The Certificate, while not intended to confer a professional credential, will attest to the student’s in-depth work in his or her chosen field. Its goal will be to provide personal enrichment, by enabling the exploration of a subject under the direction of an advisor.

Students accepted for this Certificate Program will work in consultation with an academic advisor to determine a plan of study. This plan comprises a minimum of six 12-week TMI courses in a chosen field, to be completed within a five-year period. Students wishing to register for this program are invited to contact Jonathan Powers, Academic Director to arrange for an appointment.

The student will be expected to pass these courses at an honours level, i.e., to achieve a grade of 75 or higher in each class. It will also entail the submission of a 4,000 word essay at the end of the sixth course, summing up ideas and insights gained through study and research.


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.


Students will be evaluated on their contribution to class discussion and on their written work. 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.

Please note that plagiarism is subject to severe disciplinary action.

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