The Faculty of Arts and Science is the largest Faculty on campus. With 27 departments and three programs, the opportunity for students to receive a diverse degree is endless. The excellence of our teaching, facilities, and educational environment promote learning both in and out of the classroom, and the global impact of our alumni in their chosen profession showcase the strength of the education that our graduates receive.
Our benefactors have been a key ingredient in our graduates' success through their support of educational programs, research, professorships and chairs, new buildings and equipment and student initiatives. We want to thank you for your support in these and other areas of the University.
The ability of the Faculty to continue providing the same level of education on which we pride ourselves will not be possible without your continuing support. Your gifts may give a first-generation University student the gift of education, fund cutting-edge research for the cure of a debilitating disease, or give departments the resources to attract top academics. We encourage you to consider supporting the Faculty of Arts and Science by joining the many other alumni and friends who have contributed to its future.
Queen’s valued tradition of offering one of the country’s best broad-based arts and science learning experiences amidst a renowned sense of spirit and community is not about to change. But how we teach our students and what we prepare them for is changing.
In an increasingly interconnected and globalized world, an interdisciplinary education, combined with new ways of learning and opportunities to understand local and global communities will equip our students with skills that are in demand among employers, professional schools, and post-graduate programs: critical thinking, communication and independent judgment.
Queen’s students are defined by their passion, their motivation and their readiness to change the world. For many of our Arts and Science undergraduates, merit-based and needs-based financial assistance makes all the difference, enabling them to enrol at the University and participate fully in Queen’s life without financial burden. Currently, 50% of our students receive some form of financial support, although those who need or would benefit from financial assistance is much higher.
At Queen’s, undergraduates and graduate students learn and discover in a tight-knit intellectual community. More than 1,000 graduate and 200 undergraduate students work as tutorial assistants, sharing knowledge and skills, and providing an important support to thousands of students. The Arts and Science Teaching Assistance Fund will help us increase the ranks of teaching and research assistants, provide training and resources, and ensure the quality of the program.
The Arts and Science faculty balances formal and interactive educational approaches, encouraging experiential learning – going beyond the classroom to learn and discover. The Dean’s Student Initiative Fund will support one-of-a-kind opportunities close to home and around the world, such as ASUS camps, the Queen’s Canadian Leadership Conference, and the Queen’s Health Outreach program in Guyana.
In the early 1990s graduating Arts and Science students began a program entitled THANK Q. Graduating classes began working with the Dean's office to establish terms of reference for a project and pledged donations over several years to fund a specific class gift.