Honours Information


• All single-major and joint-major students choose to pursue a General or an Honours degree in Cultural Studies by doing the Comprehensive option or the Specialization  option. The transcripts of students who have successfully completed the Specialization option will contain the notation “with a Specialization in [the appropriate Specialization.”]

• The general pre-requisite for all Cultural Studies Honours courses is for a student to have 10 university credits. Students who have not fulfilled this requirement will only be able to register in courses through the submission of a signed add/drop form, authorized by the Cultural Studies Department Office.


• Although there is no GPA requirement to register for an honours course, students are reminded that graduation from Trent with an honours degree requires a cumulative GPA of 65%. This average includes all courses taken for credit, including honours courses.

• Honours reading courses are available as CUST 4900Y, 4910H and 4920H. Registration in reading courses is contingent on permission of the instructor and of the chair of the Department before registering. The deadline for submission of an outline is July 1. for reading courses to begin in the next Fall session and November 30 for reading courses to be taken in the Winter session. Students wishing to take more than one CUST 390 or 490 reading course must petition the chair of the Department.

• The same course may not simultaneously satisfy the requirements of both Departments in a joint-major degree.

• Students who have fulfilled the requirements for a single-major Honours degree in another subject may apply to the Office of the Registrar for a minor in Cultural Studies, if they have met the requirements for the joint-major General degree.

HONOURS COURSES offered in FW 2016

(look here for full course descriptions of non-independent study courses fo 2016-17

CUST 4010Y/4020D Honours thesis:

This double-credit course is intended for the fourth-year student who has an area of interest that may become a preoccupation in graduate school and who may benefit from preliminary instruction in research methods. The emphasis in the course is on practice in research and development of critical methods, which the student will undertake under the supervision of a member of the Department with whom she/he will meet regularly.

Thesis: The thesis (of approximately 15,000 words) is expected to show the benefits of substantial reading in primary and secondary texts and to display a sustained level of critical insight.

Supervision : The supervisor is to be chosen by the student (with the agreement of the Faculty member) and can be changed by either party with the agreement of the Executive Committee.

Normal Deadline Expectations:

a) A preliminary statement of intent and brief outline should be submitted to the Department Chair by April 1.

b) By May 1st of the third year, the student will submit to the Department Chair a 200-word abstract of the proposed research project and a bibliography, both of which will have been approved by the supervisor. The Department Chair, in consultation with the student and her/his supervisor, will then agree on a second reader and will present the proposal to the Executive Committee for approval before the end of May.

c) Before the final date to change registration in October, the student will meet with the supervisor to show that she/he is actively engaged in an advanced stage of research on the thesis.

By Christmas break, the student will give a substantial piece of writing to the supervisor and the second reader. In consultation with the second reader, the supervisor will then counsel the student on his/her progress.

d) The student will submit a complete draft of the thesis to the supervisor and second reader by February 15th. The complete draft with comments will be returned to the student by March 1. Within the next six weeks, the student will submit a finished copy of the thesis to the supervisor and second reader who will forward the thesis, with their final evaluation and grades, to the Department Chair.

Should it be decided that the thesis cannot be given a passing grade, the supervisor and second reader may recommend to the Department Chair that the student be given credit for CUST 4900Y (a single-credit reading/ research course) rather than CUST 4020D (the double-credit Honours Thesis). Should significant disagreement develop between the supervisor and the second reader on any matter concerning the thesis, the Department Chair or her delegate will arbitrate.

One copy of the thesis will be filed in the University Library. 

Cultural Studies 4900Y (Reading courses)
Students may arrange reading courses with individual instructors by the end of early registration (last week of April). (Instructor to sign Registration form.) A course outline, including details of evaluation procedures, signed by the instructor, should be received by the Chair of the Department by May 31.

CUST 4901H, 4902H (Reading courses)
A course of individual study supervised by a faculty member. The proposed syllabus requires permission of the instructor and of the Chair of the Department prior to registering in the course. Proposals should be submitted by March 31 for reading courses to begin in the following Fall session, and by Nov 30 for reading courses due to be taken in the Winter session.