Overview

Overview of Faculty of Arts and Science

The Faculty of Arts and Science at Queen’s provides a challenging and innovative education within the context of a mid-sized, residential University and a research-intensive environment. Research and learning are closely tied in a wide range of graduate and undergraduate programs designed to foster analytical, critical and creative thought as regular habits of mind and to transform students into informed, responsible and educated global citizens.

Currently (academic year 2009), approximately 450 faculty members offer courses to approximately 8500 full-time undergraduates and 1600 graduate students.

At the undergraduate level, the Faculty includes a range of different academic structures that make possible a variety of degree possibilities for students. Four-year degree programs such as the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science are provided through 27 departments. The Bachelor of Arts is available in the form of a Major, Major-Minor, Medial or Special Field Program type; the Bachelor of Science offers a Major, Major-General, Medial and Subject of Specialization type. Three-year degrees are also available in the Arts or Sciences. Since Arts and Science incorporates Languages, Social Sciences, Natural and Physical Sciences, Creative Arts and Humanities in one Faculty, students may move between and among an array of disciplines and choose from a wide range of degree combinations.

More specialized degree programs are available from three schools requiring direct admission. The Schools of Music (Bachelor of Music), Computing (Bachelor of Computing) and Kinesiology and Health Studies (Bachelor of Kinesiology, Bachelor of Health Studies, and Bachelor of Physical and Health Education) offer specially designed programs. Finally, a number of specially designed interdisciplinary programs in Life Sciences, Jewish Studies, Environmental Studies (also a school, although not a specialized degree program), and Stage and Screen Studies are available by combining courses across departments and, in the case of Life Sciences, across Faculties. In addition to the Life Science program offered in conjunction with Health Sciences, Arts and Science has developed collaborative agreements with Applied Science, Commerce, Nursing and the School of Urban and Regional Planning which allow students to pursue courses in these other Faculties.

At the graduate level, Arts and Science, as a vital, research-intensive Faculty, provides abundant opportunity for study across all the major disciplines. Nineteen PhD programs and 26 Master’s programs are offered.

The administrative structures supporting these undergraduate and graduate programs include the Dean’s Office, which facilitates budgeting matters, faculty and staff appointments and career development, Faculty planning and coordination of programs and departments. The Student Services Division coordinates the Faculty admissions policies, program registration, course offerings, regulations, and a host of elements critical to the operation of undergraduate programs. Continuing and Distance Studies oversees these fully online courses and programs and reports to the Associate Dean, Teaching and Learning.

A Faculty Advancement team works in consultation with the Dean, department heads, staff and alumni to develop goals and strategies designed to maximize financial support for Arts and Science. And Enrichment Studies offers a series of educational opportunities for pre-university students.