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Academic Calendar

The Academic Calendar contains information concerning admission, academic, appeals and dual and second degree regulations. The Calendar also outlines departmental information, programs and degree plans, courses of instruction, course lists and sessional and key dates for students who are registered in, or who are contemplating, a program in Arts or Science at Queen's or at the Bader International Study Centre.

Degree Programs in Arts and ScienceDegree Plans
Courses of InstructionCourse Lists
Academic Dates 


admissionthe Faculty’s acceptance of an applicant as a student.
auditorstudent who attends a course with the consent of the instructor; formal registration required but student does not receive credit for course and is not entitled to submit assignments or write examinations.
classa particular offering of a given course.
corequisitea requirement that must be fulfilled concurrently with another course.
coursea proscribed set of study and evaluation, used for academic credit towards a degree program.
corea course that is required, or is selected from an extremely limited list of courses, in a Plan.
electivea course freely chosen by the student.
equivalencya pair of courses, one of which is no longer offered, which are considered to be similar enough that one may serve interchangeably for the other in terms of prerequisites, corequisites, exclusions, and plan and program requirements. Credit will only be given for one of the pair.
exclusiona list of two or more courses that are considered similar enough that credit will only be given for a defined subset of courses from that list. Usually, holding credit for an excluded course(s) will prevent enrolment in any of the remaining courses on the list.
GPA (grade point average)the unit-weighted average grade point in a set of courses, based on a 4.3 grade point scale.

determined by the number of passed units completed:
0.0 - 23.9 units (level 1);
24.0 - 47.9 units (level 2);
48.0 - 83.9 units (level 3);
84.0 units and above (level 4).

one-way exclusiona course that will prevent enrolment if taken with or before another course.
optiona course chosen from a limited list of courses specified in a Plan. The degree of choice may vary according to the Plan.
part-time studentmay enrol in at most 9.0 units in each of the Fall or Winter Terms.
Planan approved set of courses required to focus in an area of study. The depth of focus may vary according to Plan type (Major, Minor, Medial, Specialization, General). More than one Plan may be required to obtain a degree.
prerequisitea requirement that must be met prior to enrolment in a course.
programan approved set of courses leading to a degree.
sessionan academic period within a Term. Start and end dates for each Session are published annually under Academic Dates and Key Dates.
subjecta defined area of study.
supporting coursea course in a Plan that complements the area of study; some Plans have required supporting courses (e.g., mathematics courses in a Physics Plan); others do not.
Terman academic period during the calendar year.
There are three Terms:
Fall (September-December);
Winter (January-April);
Summer (May-August).
Start and end dates for each Term are published annually under Academic Dates and Key Dates
unitthe academic value of a course.

Admission Regulations

The Admission Regulations govern the admission of students into the Faculty of Arts and Science, whether directly from high school, from another postsecondary institution, or from another Faculty or School within Queen’s University.

The following Admission Regulations describe the requirements for admission to the Faculty of Arts and Science. The admission requirements stated in this chapter are minimum requirements, and the standing required for admission may be higher. Preference will be given to applicants with the strongest qualifications. Admission Regulations 1 – 11 present the admission requirements for the various categories of admission. Admission Regulation 12 describes the procedures applicants must follow for admission to on-campus studies, and Admission Regulation 13 describes the procedures applicants must follow for admission to distance studies.

Entering students are ordinarily allowed no credits for previous experience or education up to the level of completion of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent. They may, with the consent of the departments concerned, be permitted to take advanced courses or alternative courses if their previous experience and education so warrant.

All applicants should note that the Queen's University Senate Policy on Student Appeals, Rights and Discipline states that applicants seeking admission to the University or a Program at Queen's may not appeal a decision regarding an individual application, whether or not the applicant is, or has been, a student in another Program at Queen's. By extension, applicants may not appeal any regulation stated in the Admission chapter of the Faculty of Arts and Science Calendar.

See the full Admission Regulations

Academic Regulations

The Academic Regulations govern student conduct and academic progression within the Faculty. Attention is drawn in particular to Academic Regulation 1(Academic Integrity); 2 (Enrolment and Registration Priorities); 10 (System of Grading); 13 (Academic Standing) and 16 (Requirements for Graduation). Students must comply with all the academic regulations of the Faculty, as well as those Senate Policies that govern student conduct and academic progression within the University as a whole.

These regulations state the requirements to be met and the procedures to be followed for the awarding of degrees in the Faculty of Arts and Science. All requests for exceptions to the regulations should be made to the appropriate reviewing body (see Appeal of Academic Decisions). Inquiries concerning Faculty regulations should be made to the Faculty of Arts and Science Faculty Office.

Faculty Regulations are constantly being reviewed and may change at any time.

In all regulations that refer to decisions made by the instructor, the instructor may choose to delegate responsibility for those decisions as appropriate.

The following is a summary of the Academic Regulations and University Policies:

See the full Academic Regulations

Appeal Regulations

The Appeal Regulations govern the process by which students may appeal decisions regarding academic integrity and other academic matters.  These might include: the grade received in an assignment, exam or course; to add or drop a course after the academic deadline; to waive a requirement to withdraw; or to request aegrotat or credit standing in a course.  Student’s attention is also drawn to the Senate Policy on Students’ Appeals, Rights and Discipline (SARD), available from the Senate website at:  http://www.queensu.ca/secretariat/senate.html

The following are the main sections of the Appeal Regulations:

See the Appeal Regulations

See the Appeal Process

Courses of Instruction in Other Faculties and Schools

Dual and Second Degree Regulations

These regulations outline the special regulations for a student who is attempting more than one undergraduate degree within the Faculty of Arts and Science, either concurrently with a degree from another Faculty or School (Dual Degree) or consecutively when the first degree was obtained either from Queen’s University or elsewhere (Second Degree).  This section also contains information on the degree upgrade process, wherein a student holding a General (3-year) undergraduate degree from the Faculty of Arts and Science at Queen’s may upgrade it to an Honours (4-year) degree.

See Dual and Second Degree Regulations

Archived Calendars

2013-2014 Arts and Science Calendar

2012-2013 Arts and Science Calendar

If you need access to an archived Arts and Science Calendar not listed here, please contact our office.

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