Department of History

Queen's University
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Master's students may select any 800-numbered course, whether these be exclusively graduate courses, joint graduate/undergraduate courses or combined with a predominantly upper-year undergraduate course. Students pursuing Pattern II programmes in exceptional circumstances may include up to one session-length (1.0) directed reading course (895*, 896*, 897) with the prior approval of the prospective instructor and the Graduate Chair. Courses numbered 900 are available only to doctoral candidates.

M.A. students wishing to take Hist-895*, 896*, or 897, or a course at RMC, must enroll in the Pattern II (three-course) programme.

Instructors are asked to arrange their courses so that each student will have completed by mid-October sufficient written work to provide an objective standard upon which to judge his/her progress. The purpose of this regulation is to assist instructors and the department fellowships committee in the writing of references for scholarship applications which are usually due by late October/early November and also so that students may have an indication of their standing to date in each course. 

If course examinations are to be held they will take place in the ordinary fall or spring examination periods. Instructors are asked not to require work from students registered in their courses after these periods, because such work can be done only at the expense of the remainder of a student's programme.

All Masters students must achieve a final grade of "B-" (2.7) in their primary courses in order to remain in the programme.

All graduate instructors of session-length courses (1.0) shall report to the Graduate Chair on the progress of students enrolled in their courses by the end of the first term of enrolment and at the end of the academic year. The Graduate Chair will provide a form for these reports, and will make them available to the students on request. The purpose of this requirement is to enable the Graduate Committee to warn a student of unsatisfactory progress at the end of the first term. The committee may also judge it appropriate to recommend to the School of Graduate Studies that a student withdraw, if it is thought that he/she is not capable of showing improvement in the second term.

The deadline for completion of incomplete work in any graduate course is 15 August of the year following initial registration in the course. Individual exceptions can be made to this rule only on the explicit permission of the Graduate Committee following appeal by the student to the Graduate Committee. If a student has not completed all requirements for a course the year following initial registration, that student must sign a contract with his/her instructor that specifies exactly when those requirements are to be completed. A student may not register in the second or subsequent year of his/her graduate programme with an incomplete mark unless the Graduate Committee has ruled that an extension be granted.

A joint or combined course is a seminar in which both graduate and senior undergraduate students are enrolled. The orientation of joint or combined seminars should depend on the balance of enrolment. In joint courses where the graduate students constitute a majority, the primary orientation should be graduate. In combined courses where the undergraduate students constitute a majority, the primary orientation should be undergraduate. In any particular case, precise pedagogical methods remain the prerogative of the instructor.

The size of graduate seminars normally should not exceed 12 students. Combined seminars should not contain more than 16 graduates and undergraduates. Enrolment in joint seminars will be limited on a sliding scale depending on the number of graduate students enrolled in the seminar. The maximum enrolment will be reduced by one for each graduate student registered in the seminar. Hence one graduate registration will reduce the total enrolment to 15; two will reduce it to 14, et seq. Four graduate student registrations reduce it to 12, and total enrolment will not be reduced further beyond that. If five graduate students register for a joint seminar, consideration will be given to decombining the course.