The King’s Scholar program allows students who have demonstrated outstanding academic potential to apply to King’s University College for admission to both a primary, discipline-based program of study and the King’s Scholar program in a particular theme. The program is based on intensive interdisciplinary study in an intimate setting in which a distinct methodology is sustained over several years’ work, in which students have a close working relationship with faculty members, and where an Independent Research Project encourages students to tailor their scholarly research to reflect the questions and problems provoked by the seminars and field trips. The King’s Scholar program is intended primarily for high achieving students who are interested in completing a four-year Honors degree before moving on to further study or their chosen careers. King’s Scholar students will enroll in a themed King’s Scholar program. After completing first year, King’s Scholar students will each year take one King’s Scholar course in the theme area for the remaining three years of study.
King’s Scholar students will enroll in the King’s Scholar program in addition to their Honors degree courses. The King’s Scholar theme courses will bring students into contact with faculty members from different disciplines and will expose students to significant ideas and methodologies from those different disciplines. Students will be admitted to the King’s Scholar program by the Academic Dean according to the Admission Requirements.
Normally, students apply for admission to the King’s Scholar program prior to entry into an Honors degree program. Full-time students who qualify for membership in the King’s Scholar program by having at least an 85% admission average are invited to apply. Selection will be determined by the Academic Dean on the basis of grades, admission subjects and personal accomplishments, such as demonstrated achievements beyond the classroom and community contributions.
After the first year, students wishing to join the program, who have completed first year requirements, and whose achievements are comparable to the program's admission and progression requirements may apply to the Academic Dean for admission.
The King's Scholar Program in Western Thought and Civilization (WTC) adopts an integrated and interdisciplinary approach to Western thought and civilization by engaging students in critical and experiential study of the relationship of literary, artistic and intellectual expressions to the material conditions, structures and processes of historical change. Students will participate in experiential learning that engages them with musical compositions, works of art, virtual scientific experiments and extracurricular activities, including local and, where feasible, international initiatives facilitated through King's University College.
The King's Scholar program in WTC is course-based but with a strong independent research concentration. The small, intensive, seminar based classes retain Western's Scholar's Electives focus on an individual research experience by participating in the unique pedagogy that defines the King's Scholar. The 20-student cap on each of the King's Scholar courses ensures that students participate in learning skills exercises and develop independent thought. As well, the careful preparation and submission of an Independent Research Project (IRP) is at the core of each course, and in the final year (4901F/G/Z), this IRP (in the form of a conference paper) will be presented at a one-day conference for the public. Drawing directly from the classic and scholastic traditions favouring rigorous analysis and dialectical reasoning, the King's Scholar program is informed by a pedagogy – Eloquentia Perfecta - cultivating practical types of training, including public speaking, logical argument and critical composition, and thinking in an interdisciplinary model. In this manner, students acquire essential, practical, and applied knowledge and skills to contribute to problem-solving and ethical decision-making in a globally conceived world.
2.0 courses after first year.
1.0 course: Western Thought and Civilization 2901E: Medieval to Scientific Revolution
0.5 course: Western Thought and Civilization 3901F/G/Z: Enlightenment to Fin de Siècle
0.5 course: Western Thought and Civilization 4901F/G/Z: 20th Century to Contemporary
Students must be registered in a minimum of 5.0 courses during each Fall/Winter session. Students may take additional courses in the summer. With permission of the Department and the Dean, students with an appropriate background may be permitted to include senior courses in their first-year program. After first year, all courses taken by King's Scholar students must be numbered 2000 and above. (One exception may be permitted with the Dean's approval.)
To maintain their registration in the King’s Scholar program, students are required to enroll in a minimum of 5.0 courses over the Fall/Winter sessions of each year of their program and maintain a minimum sessional average of at least 80% with no mark less than 65%. On any additional courses taken during the summer session, students must maintain a sessional average of at least 70%, with no mark less than 65%.
Students who do not meet the 80% sessional average progression requirement may be permitted to remain in the King’s Scholar program theme courses on a competitive basis by applying to the Department. If admitted, such students may count the King’s Scholar courses towards their standard discipline-based Honors Specialization and/or Major modules with permission of the Department. Such students, however, will not be eligible for the King’s Scholar designation.
Completion of an Honors degree, including the King’s Scholar program, with a minimum overall cumulative average of 80% with no mark less than 65%. The diploma awarded to students will record both the status of King’s Scholar and the Honors Specialization and/or Majors studied, as recommended by the Dean.