Academic Calendar - 2024

Western University Academic Calendar. - 2024

Western Main Campus

Faculty of Arts and Humanities - School for Advanced Studies in the Arts and Humanities

This is a Combined Program also featured at the following pages:

This combined degree is administered by the Richard Ivey School of Business and the School for Advanced Studies in the Arts and Humanities (SASAH) in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.

The combined program is a five-year program leading to a BA in Honours Business Administration (HBA) and a BA Honours Double Major with SASAH and another module approved by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. In Year 1 students complete the general first year program including the first year prerequisites for admission to the SASAH program. In Year 2 students register in the normal curriculum for the Honours Double Major in SASAH and second major. In Year 3, students are registered in the HBA program. Students are registered in the combined program in Years 4 and 5. Admission requirements for the combined program are outlined below.

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for consideration for admission to the combined program, in the first two years students must complete a minimum of 10.0 courses including Business Administration 2257. In Year 1 they must complete the admission requirements as specified in the current Academic Calendar for entry into the Honours Double Major with SASAH module offered by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.

For admission to the SASAH program, the requirements are:

Acceptance into the School for Advanced Studies in the Arts and Humanities and completion of first-year requirements with no failures. Students must have an average of at least 70% in 3.0 principal courses including Arts and Humanities 1020E with a minimum grade of 75%, plus 2.0 additional courses, with no mark in these principal courses below 60%.

For admission to the HBA, students must attain a minimum weighted average of 78%, a minimum mark of 70% in Business Administration 2257, and no mark less than 60%, in the first two years of study. They also must gain admission to the HBA program through the regular application process. In addition, students must normally attain a minimum weighted average of 78% in the first year of the HBA.

Students apply for the combined degree program during the HBA 1 year, typically their third year of university. Applications to the combined program must be made in writing to the Director of the HBA Program, as well as the Director of the SASAH program by the deadlines published by the Ivey Business School. Entrance to the program may be limited.

Module/Program Information

Year 1

1.0 course:

  • Students in the SASAH program must complete 1.0 course in a language other than English at the 1000-level or above prior to graduation. We strongly encourage students to complete this requirement in year one.
  • Note: Students are encouraged to complete the Category C Breadth Requirement in Year 1.

Year 2

5.0 courses:

Year 3 (HBA 1)

  • The third year of the undergraduate program in Business Administration consists of an integrated set of courses (7.5 courses) designed to give a basic understanding of the functions and the interrelationships of the major areas of management, as well as to develop problem-solving and action-planning skills.

Years 4 and 5 HBA (Requirements can be taken over Year 4 or 5, except Business Administration 4569 which must be taken in Year 4.)

5.0 courses:

Years 4 and 5 Double Major with SASAH

SASAH Major:

4.0 courses:

Second Major:

Please consult your faculty counsellor if you have any questions about the course requirements for your second major.

Note: If a student is required to complete 7.0 credits for their second major, they must consider summer courses and/or overloading with approval. Students with more than 7.0 credits required for their double major will not be admitted to the program.

Program Requirements
Students registered in the combined program are expected to abide by all guidelines associated with each of the individual programs. The combined degree program cannot deviate from the 5 year program structure. That is, it cannot be completed in less time or extended beyond the 5 years.


Students in the combined program must meet the progression standards of each Faculty or School. Students enrolled in HBA1 (Year 3) must attain a minimum weighted average of at least 78%. In Years 4 and 5, students must attain a minimum weighted average of 75% in their 4000-level HBA courses. They must also attain a minimum weighted average of 75% in their Honours Double Major program and meet all other progression requirements of the Honours Double Major module in which they are enrolled.

Failure to Meet Progression Standards
A student who fails to meet the combined program progression standards in any year must withdraw from the combined program. However, a student who has met the progression standards of either the HBA or Honours Double Major program will be allowed to proceed to the next year of that program. If the progression standards of both individual programs have been satisfied, the student may continue in either program and may petition the School or Faculty whose program was not selected for permission to complete that program at a later date. A student who is required to withdraw from the combined program and wishes to pursue either of the individual programs or both programs through a combined degree, must complete all the degree requirements of the individual program or combined programs in order to graduate from that/those program(s).

Related Information

Dean's Honour List
At the Ivey Business School, students are considered for the Dean's Honour List during their first year of HBA. Students enrolled in Years 4 and 5 of the combined program are considered for the Dean's Honour List in Year 5 only. Only grades obtained in 4000-level Business courses will be used in calculating averages for the purpose of determining Dean's Honour List standing. Courses taken outside the Ivey Business School are excluded. Calculations for Ivey Scholar and Gold Medals are completed in the same way.

In the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, students will be considered for the Dean's Honour List in May and August of each year.

Upon completion of this combined program, students will receive an Honours Double Major BA and a BA in Honours Business Administration.

Graduation with Distinction
Eligibility to graduate “With Distinction” for each degree is determined by the Faculty or School.

International Exchange Programs
Students in this combined degree program may be eligible to participate in academic exchange programs. Interested students should discuss exchange options with the HBA Program Office and Director of the SASAH Program. Exchange is not guaranteed and must be approved by both programs.

Students pay the prevailing fees as determined by the University policy on combined programs. Contact the Office of the Registrar for details.