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The University of King's College, Canada's oldest chartered university, is a small and extraordinarily lively academic community located in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The College is known nationally and internationally for its interdisciplinary programs in the humanities and journalism. The university, rich with history, maintains many of its old academic traditions: Formal Meal has the students and faculty dressed in academic gowns, student societies founded in the early 19th century are still thriving, a Matriculation reception is held each September in honor of entering students, and graduates are fêted with an Encaenia ceremony each May. The combination of these traditions with the forward-looking innovations of students and faculty makes for a stimulating intellectual environment. While the College's neighboring institution, Dalhousie University, has an enrollment of over 16,000 (11,000 undergraduates), King's has a total of about 1,200. The College is committed to retaining the personal atmosphere, individual attention, and sense of community that only a small university can offer. Our intimate community, combined with the resources and faculty at Dalhousie, provides students with unique undergraduate education opportunities. Our Foundation Year Programme, founded in 1972, is a pioneering program that addresses the history of Western thought through interdisciplinary lectures, small tutorial sessions, and a strong emphasis on writing that has inspired similar programs, both nationally and across the globe. King's is now a four-year institution. Nearly half of our students continue into an upper-year opportunity, pairing their honors studies at the College with the range of courses available at Dalhousie. King's was ranked first in Canada in the 2008 and 2009 National Survey of Student Engagement for its first-year programming.
Science and technology infuse every aspect of modern life, shaping the conditions of our work and play, our self-understanding, our relation to the environment, and our understanding of what counts as real knowledge. Rooted in science and the humanities, HOST offers a genuinely interdisciplinary approach to studying the fascinating and ever-changing interactions between society and scientific knowledge and practice.
Students who intend to apply to graduate school or professional programs (such as medicine, law, or journalism) are encouraged to take an honors degree, which requires a higher quality of work than other undergraduate programs.
In HOST you must pursue a Combined Honours degree (that is a degree integrating courses from two disciplines) by combining your HOST degree with a program from Dalhousie's Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (for a BA), a program from Dalhousie's Faculty of Science (for a BSc), or a degree in Journalism (for a BJH).
The requirements for the second honors subject are dependent on that department and vary from program to program. Students may fulfill the honors requirement in either of the two honors subjects. Usually, this subject will be the one in which the student has taken more classes. In the HOST program, completion of the honors thesis fulfills the requirement of the honors qualifying examination.

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