Pathway Summary


Pathway ID
Pathway Title
Liberal Arts Program to Honours BA
Pathway Last Updated

Sending Institution Information

Sending Institution
Seneca College
Preparation and Career Planning
Program Area
Degree Preparation - Arts, Business, Health, Science, Technology
Program Title
Liberal Arts

Receiving Institution Information

Receiving Institution
Trent University
Arts, Fine Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities
Program Area
Any Bachelor's of Arts Program
Program Title
Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

Contact Procedures

​Recruitment and Admissions Office
Trent University

Pathway Details

Terms for renewal or cancellation

The agreement will be reviewed annually, or sooner in the event of major curriculum changes in either partner’s programs. This agreement may be terminated by either party. In this case, notice of one year is required. In the event of termination of the agreement, every effort will be made to ensure that students currently enrolled in the program will not be affected.

Eligibility for Pathway

Students who have completed one full year of the Liberal Arts Program at Seneca College with a cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.0 and who have completed the first two semesters of the program in its entirety are eligible for applicant to the pathway. Students are required to complete a minimum of one to a maximum of two Trent University courses (equaling 1.0 credits) during the Liberal Arts Program. Students will be eligible to take a Trent course following their second semester at Seneca (courses can be taken in any term so long as it does not conflict with courses in their Seneca program). Students will apply for these Trent courses as a visiting students prior to the commencement of classes. The option of taking a Trent course in the summer session prior to beginning their degree studies is also available.

Any credits earned through the visiting student status will be transferred back to Trent University with full equivalencies upon the students' graduation from Seneca College. Any courses completed at Trent will have the percentage assigned and graded will be placed on the academic record as achieved. Courses will be available to students both on-campus in Durham or Peterborough or through Trent online course offerings. 

Upon the student's successful completion of the Liberal Arts program with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher, and completion of at least one, and up to two, Trent courses with a grade of 60% or higher, students will submit an 'Intent to Continue to Degree Studies at Trent University' form to assess eligibility for Regular Admission to Trent University and the assignment of transfer credits. Students will be asked to submit the "Intent to Continue' form in their final semester of study at Seneca College. There will be no additional fee for this application.

Credit transfer

Students will be granted 7.5 credits, including:

  • 0.5 CUST 1510H - Introduction to Integrated Ages
  • 0.5 CUST 1520H - Introduction to World Literature
  • 0.5 CUST 3522H - Experimental Fiction
  • 0.5 HIST 1201H - Western Civilization from the Middle Ages to 1789
  • 0.5 PHIL 1200H - Critical Thinking
  • 0.5 PHIL-POST 3180H - Social and Political Philosophy
  • 0.5 PSYC 1030H - Introduction to Psychology Part 2: Social and Personality Perspectives
  • 0.5 SOCI 1002H - Introduction to Sociology II: Exploring Social Life
  • 1.0 credit of the following (dependent on courses taken at Seneca):
    • 0.5 FREN 1001H - French Refresher I, and 0.5 FREN 1002H - French Refresher II;
    • 0.5 HSST 1001H - Introduction to Spanish I, and 0.5 HSST 1002H - Introduction to Spanish II
  • 0.5 unassigned History credit at the 2000 level
  • 0.5 unassigned Sociology credit at the 1000 level
  • 1.0 unassigned Arts credit at the 1000 level
  • 0.5 unassigned Arts credit at the 2000 level

In addition students will receive a minimum of 0.5 to a maximum of 1.0 credits for the Trent courses they have completed prior to regular admission to Trent University.
See University Academic Calendar for course descriptions:

Credits that must be achieved at the receiving institution

Upon successful admission to Trent University students are required to take an additional 12.5 credits to meet Honours degree requirements. Required courses to be completed at Trent will vary based on the major declared by the student. Any students planning to pursue a major in which introductory transfer credits are not provided are strongly encouraged to complete the introductory courses for these programs through the visiting student credits. All available majors are listed at

Academic advisors are a great resource for degree planning and ensuring you are meeting all degree requirements. Visit for more information or to book an appointment.

Degree requirements are subject to change. Refer to the most recent version of the Academic Calendar for course descriptions and degree requirements, which apply to all undergraduate programs.

Anticipated normal schedule of student progression

Approximately 2.5 years

Credential(s) to be granted on successful completion of all required components

Honours Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

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Don’t forget: You should always review institution transfer information before you finalize your options. Contact a transfer advisor if you have further questions.