Scholar's Electives Program

Scholar's Electives Program

Scholar's Electives Program

The Scholar's Electives Program is customized especially for students who have a strong desire to achieve unique personal and academic goals. The Scholar's Electives Program and Western University are thrilled that Saumya Krishna - Scholar's Electives Graduate 2013 - is one of 11 Canadian members of the 2014 class of Rhodes Scholars.  Read about her incredible story here

To see a comprehensive list of the program's courses, see the Scholar's Electives Brochure (.pdf). Alternative, watch Brittany Zigmond as she describes what she likes what about the Scholar's Electives program:


Thank you for your interest in the Scholar's Electives Program at Western University!

Students who wish to be considered for this unique opportunity are first required to complete their general application to Western University through the Ontario Universities' Application Centre. When applying for your regular undergraduate program you will also see a small "tick" box where you can indicate your interest in the Scholar's Electives Program. After completing your application to Western University you will be contacted by our Admissions office with a prospective student application package. This package will contain information and instructions to activate your Western Identity. Once you have activated your Western Identity, you will have a number of online services available to you, including the Scholar's Electives Online Supplemental Application.

All applications for the Scholar's Electives Program must be submitted through the online service, by Saturday, February 14,2015 (by 11:59 pm). If you have any questions please do not hesitate contacting Gina Uppal, the Coordinator of Scholars' Programs directly at

More about the Program

The Scholar’s Electives program allows students who have demonstrated outstanding academic potential to apply to Western for admission to both a primary, discipline-based program of study and the Scholar’s Electives module. The program is designed to provide an intellectually stimulating learning environment for students who wish to undertake a truly interdisciplinary and/or intensive laboratory research experience. Its goal is to foster a community of scholars who have diverse disciplinary and research interests, but a general intellectual curiosity about most disciplines.

Those selected will comprise a small group (no larger than 50-75 students per year at the constituent university) who will, in addition to their Honors degree courses, enroll in a Scholar’s Electives module of 3.0 courses. The courses include a first-year research project, upper-year interdisciplinary courses, a number of upper-year lab research courses, and a research communication project. The interdisciplinary courses in the Scholar’s Electives module will be taught by faculty members from more than one Faculty and expose students to significant ideas from different disciplines.

Academic Benefits
  • The potential to create unique and exciting theme areas within your degree
  • The ability to participate in university research prior to graduate studies with your faculty mentor.
  • The opportunity to take interdisciplinary courses just for Scholar's Electives students
Ancillary Benefits
  • More personal attention. Scholar's Electives is a small program, which allows for more one-on-one interaction
  • Connect with other high-achieving students in the program through our planned activities and events
  • Scholarship Opportunities in upper years
  • The opportunity to request the Scholar's Electives Floor in Residence
You are eligible to apply for the Scholar's Electives Program if you meet the following requirements:
  • You are an applicant to the following Faculties/Programs: Arts and Humanities, Science, Health Sciences, Kinesiology or Social Science (excluding BMOS)
  • You have a final admission average of 90% or higher (Note: Admission average for your program, not overall high school average)
  • You have demonstrated excellence both in and out of the classroom
  • You are interested in pursuing a Scholar’s Electives Module of interdisciplinary focus
  • Please note: Students wishing to complete the Scholar's Electives Module in combination with an Honors Business Administration (HBA) degree, must be enrolled in a combined degree.