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Specialized Honours BEng: Degree Requirements

All Specialized Honours BEng degree candidates, in accordance with their declared program, must satisfy the academic standing and course requirements below.

Graduation: To graduate in the Specialized Honours BEng program requires successful completion of all Faculty requirements and program required courses and a minimum cumulative credit-weighted grade point average of 5.00 (C+) over all courses completed.


A total of 12 credits of complementary studies courses must be taken, as identified below by thematic area. At least 3 of the 12 credits must be taken in the humanities or social sciences, defined by the following areas: Anthropology, Humanities, English, History, Linguistics and Languages, Philosophy, Social Science, Modes of Reasoning and Women’s Studies. (Asterisked courses below are also considered to meet this requirement.)


Plus: 3.00 credits in HUMA/SOSC

Environmental Studies

6.00 credits from the areas of:

  1. Environmental Management: Policy Resources and Conservation:
  2. Urban and Regional Environments
  3. Environmental Politics: Development, Globalization and Justice:
  4. Environment and Culture

Plus: 3.00 credits in HUMA/SOSC

Fine Arts

9.00 credits from:

Plus: 3.00 credits in HUMA/SOSC

Global Engineer

Languages (e.g. Arabic, Chinese, German, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish)

  • 12.0 credits in languages and culture courses with the same rubric, with a minimum of 6.0 credits of language skills and a minimum of 3.0 credits culture course (counts as HUMA)

French Studies

  • 12.0 credit certificate in French or French for Business, plus 3.0 credits in HUMA/SOSC. (Note: these pure language courses do not count for social science or humanities under the CEAB regulations, so this option requires students to complete 15.0 credits instead of 12.0 credits.)
General Studies

Students may choose 12.00 credits from all the courses listed in the other areas, subject to prerequisites, HUMA/SOSC requirements, and some other restrictions.

AP/ECON 1000 3.00 & AP/ECON 1010 3.00 and other specified courses may also be taken.

  • Up to 9.00 credits of Osgoode ‘Perspectives’ courses, such as LW/LAW 3040X 3.00 (Comparative Law: Privacy & Access to Information)

Plus: 3.00 credits in HUMA/SOSC

Public Policy

Choose one of three areas:

  1. The Canadian State and Public Administration:
  2. Public Law
  3. Science, Technology and Public Policy:

Plus: 3.00 credits in HUMA/SOSC

Science & Technology Studies

6.00 credits from:

Plus: 6.00 credits from (counts as HUMA requirement):


Restrictions & Notes

  • The following course(s) contain a substantial overlap in content with engineering core material and hence may not be taken for degree credit by BEng degree candidates: AP/PHIL 2100 3.00 Introduction to Logic.
  • No more than 6.0 credits may be taken at the 1000-level.
  • Quantitative courses focusing on techniques of mathematics or statistics cannot count as general education courses.
  • Note: Many 3000-level course are eligible for complementary studies credit, but students must have the required prerequisites and be confident of their ability to handle course work in that subject area at the third-year level, i.e., at the same level as third-year majors in that subject area.

All Specialized Honours BEng degree candidates must complete the engineering program core (60 credits):

*Space Engineering majors do not need to take LE/ENG 2003 3.00.

Engineering and International Development Studies: Dual Degree

Students in the engineering and international development studies program choose one of the engineering programs, plus the international development studies requirements. Graduates are awarded both BEng and BA degrees.

All engineering and international development studies dual degree candidates must complete:

  • complementary studies and the engineering program core requirements (see above);
  • the declared program requirements (see above);
  • the international development studies requirements as follows:
  • the international development studies core: AP/SOSC 1430 9.00; AP/SOSC 2800 6.00; AP/SOSC 3800 6.00;

To graduate in the BEng (Honours) and international development studies programs requires successful completion of all Faculty requirements, program and stream required courses and a minimum cumulative credit-weighted grade point average of 5.00 (C+) over all courses completed.


Not all of the courses listed below will necessarily be offered in any given year. With the approval of the program coordinator, and subject to course exclusion and residence requirements, students may complete other courses in international development studies.

Diasporas and Migration
Political Economy
Politics, Governance and Policy