The King’s Scholar program is intended for high achieving students registered at King’s who are interested in completing an Honours degree. It is based on intensive interdisciplinary study in an intimate setting in which a distinct methodology is sustained over several years' work. Students will have a close working relationship with faculty members, and will complete an annual Independent Research Project that tailors their scholarly research to reflect the questions and problems provoked by the seminars and field trips.
After completing first year, successful King’s Scholar applicants will enroll in the King’s Scholar program in addition to their Honours degree courses. They will take a King’s Scholar course in the theme area during each of the remaining three years of study. These courses will expose students to significant ideas and methodologies from a range of disciplines.
Students may apply for admission to the King’s Scholar program at the end of their first full year of study. They are eligible if they have 5.0 completed year 1 credits, a minimum cumulative average of 80%, and no grade below 65%.
After the second 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 the New Liberal Arts (NLA) adopts an integrated and interdisciplinary approach to the study of the liberal arts 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 NLA 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 small class size in each of the King's Scholar course promotes student participation in learning skills exercises and development of independent thought. Careful preparation and submission of an Independent Research Project (IRP) is at the core of each course. Drawing directly from the classic and scholastic traditions favouring rigorous analysis and dialectical reasoning, the King's Scholar program is informed by a signature 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.
To maintain their registration in the King’s Scholar program, students must complete a minimum of 5.0 courses over the Fall/Winter and Summer sessions of each year of their program and maintain a minimum sessional average of 80% with no grade below 65%. On any courses taken during the summer session, students must maintain a sessional average of at least 70%, with no grade below 65%.
Students who do not meet these progression requirements will be ineligible for the King’s Scholar designation but may be permitted to register or remain in the King’s Scholar theme courses with permission from the Program Coordinator and the Academic Dean’s Office. With the permission of the relevant Department, the King’s Scholar courses may count towards their standard discipline-based Honours Specialization and/or Major modules. Such students, however, will not be eligible for the King’s Scholar designation.
Completion of an Honours degree, including the 2.0 King’s Scholar credits, with a minimum cumulative average of 80% with no grade below 65%. The degree awarded will record both the Honours Specialization and/or Majors completed, and the King's Scholar designation as recommended by the Dean.