Honours program

The Geography Honours Program offers fourth year undergraduate students the opportunity to undertake a concentrated course of studies related specifically to their interests.

Contact Information

Role Name Email Phone
Honours Advisor Dr. Shannon Fargey fargey@uvic.ca  250-721-7342
Honours Program Assistant Janette DeLong geog2@uvic.ca  250-721-7350

Information for prospective students

Undergraduate students considering future graduate work will find that the Honours Program provides them with certain advantages in comparison with a Major degree program. The formulation of an Honours Thesis, with its associated skills development (e.g., literature review, field work, data collection, analysis, interpretation, writing and oral examination), affords invaluable research experience. Entry into many graduate schools is facilitated by completion of an Honours Program, which may also provide some advantages when competing for jobs.

Besides catering to prospective graduate students, the Honours Program also provides an intellectually stimulating and satisfying program for any undergraduate who wishes to pursue a unique opportunity to develop their in-depth knowledge of specific areas within geography. 

The Honours Program is undertaken over two consecutive terms. While January to August and May to December are possible, September to April is strongly recommended and generally produces the best experience for the majority of students. There is always the option to collect data and/or secure approval for ethics applications (if applicable) in the summer prior to commencing the program in consultation with your supervisor.

Program Eligibility

To be eligible for the Honours program, students must

  • have achieved a minimum average of 6.0 (B+) for upper year courses. To calculate this average, only 300 and 400 level courses will be considered.
  • have completed a minimum of 12 units (8 courses of 1.5 units) of 300 or 400 level courses, of which 9 units (6 courses of 1.5 units) or more must be in Geography.
  • be eligible for fourth year standing (42 units completed).

Please note that students must complete the all program requirements for the BA Major or the BSc Major Program in addition to GEOG 499A and GEOG 499B in order to graduate with an Honours degree. A GPA of 6.0 (B+) must be maintained in all 300 and 400 level courses.

Application Deadlines

Entry Point Deadline
January 2019 Friday, January 11
May 2019 Friday, May 10
September 2019 Friday, September 13

Steps for Applying

  1. Read through the Honours Program Guidelines.
  2. Secure a supervisor. Your supervisor can be a faculty member or and adjunct faculty member.
  3. Work with your supervisor to fill out the Honours Program Application Form. You will also need to contact the Honours Advisor to secure their signature.
  4. Send the completed Honours Program Application Form with signatures to geog2@uvic.ca (or bring a hard copy to the main office in DTB B203).

If you have any questions during this process, please contact the Honours Advisor.