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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 

Definitions

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.
level

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.
Independent Study

Exceptionally qualified students entering their third or fourth year may take a program of independent study provided it has been approved both by the Associate Dean (Studies) and by the Department or Departments principally involved.

A Department may approve an independent study program without permitting it to be counted toward a concentration in that Department.  It is, consequently, the responsibility of students taking such programs to ensure that the concentration requirements for a degree will be met.

Requests for such a program must be received by the Office of the Associate Deans (Studies) one month before the start of the first term in which the student intends to undertake the program. Requests must include: i) a detailed outline of the project, including its aims, the topics to be studied, and a preliminary list of readings; ii) the names of the faculty members supervising the project, including the principal coordinator; iii) the number of units for which the project is to substitute, based on an estimate of the amount of work to be covered by the project, taking into account the planned learning hours; and iv) the method by which the student’s performance is to be evaluated, and the method by which the grade or grades will be assigned.

The Associate Deans (Studies) may, in consultation with the student and faculty members involved, propose modifications in the project, particularly with respect to the number of units to be assigned to it.  The Associate Dean (Studies) may require an interview with the student.

Course numbers assigned to independent study are specified under Numbering of Courses in the Introduction chapter.  The departmental code assigned to the course will be that of the department which is closest to the material studied, provided it has agreed to take academic responsibility for the project.

Language Courses

Credit will be allowed for successful completion of courses in languages other than English and other than those offered at Queen’s provided that:

a)      The course is in a modern language, defined as one that is currently used by an existing culture;

b)      The course is offered by an accredited university, a school affiliated with such a university or by one of the language schools historically recognized by Queen’s;

c)      Criteria for determining credit equivalency will be by parameters currently in use for all courses, that is, a grade determined by the host institution, number of contact hours, learning objectives/outcomes, type and number of assignments; and

d)      The student has the course approved prior to departure by means of an International Letter of Permission, and supplies appropriate evidence of the above on return.

Credit for such language courses will transfer as LANG P10/3.0, for a first course in a modern language, LANG P11/3.0 for a continuation of LANG P10/3.0, LANG 120/3.0, for an advanced-level course in a modern language and LANG 121/3.0 for a continuation of LANG 120/3.0. LANG credits will not be assessed above the 100 level.

Introduction

The purpose of this Calendar is to provide details for programs offered by the Faculty of Arts and Science of Queen’s University.  It contains information concerning admission requirements, academic regulations, programs and courses of study, study abroad, and other matters of general interest to students who are registered in, or who are contemplating, a program in Arts or Science at Queen’s.  It is strongly suggested that students read the University’s Code of Conduct on the internet at http://www.queensu.ca/secretariat/policies/, and familiarize themselves with the statement of Student Responsibility and the Faculty’s Regulations.

Students who are contemplating an Arts or Science program at Queen’s might wish to consult the 2014-2015 Viewbook, a booklet published by the University that deals with admission requirements for all Faculties and Schools, the University’s facilities and services (including residences), and entrance scholarships and financial assistance.  Other information of interest to prospective students is available on departmental websites that can be accessed from the Faculty of Arts and Science website.

Communications regarding academic matters pertaining to Arts and Science programs should be directed to:

Office of the Associate Dean (Studies)
Faculty of Arts and Science
Main Floor, Dunning Hall, Queen’s University
Kingston, Ontario
K7L 3N6
Telephone 13-533-2470
Fax  613-533-2467
Website   www.queensu.ca/artsci/

SOLUS

SOLUS, the Student Online University System, provides students with a portal to, amongst other services, review their current academic standing, determine fees owing, enroll in or drop classes, participate in Plan selection (first-year students only), and review their progress towards a degree.  More information on SOLUS may be obtained from the Office of the University Registrar.
 

How to use the Arts and Science Calendar

The Arts and Science Calendar is divided into a number of sections, which are described in detail below:

 REGULATIONS

 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.

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.   

Senate Policies may be found at:  http://www.queensu.ca/secretariat/senate/policies/

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/policies/

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.

DEPARTMENTS

Each Department or other academic unit that offers Plans or other academic programs through the Faculty of Arts and Science is listed in the Calendar

The Departmental sections contain the following information:

  • Contact information for the Department;
  • A brief overview of the Department or unit’s academic mission;
  • Useful information for students regarding departmental policies;
  • Full details of all Degree Programs and Plans and other study opportunities;
  • Courses of Instruction (web version only);
  • Course Lists.

Degree Programs

The Calendar outlines the basic requirements for all Degree Programs offered by the Faculty of Arts and Science. These requirements are reproduced within the Academic Advisement Tool in SOLUS, under the “Total Unit Count” and (when applicable) “Other Program Requirements” headings.   The “Total Unit Count” counts all courses taken to meet the requirements of the degree, both elective and Plan components.  The “Other Program Requirements” appears if students have failed to achieve other breadth or minimum requirements, or have exceeded the maximum number of courses allowed in a certain category.

Degree Plans

All Degree Programs in the Faculty of Arts and Science require courses to be chosen from one or more Plans.  These sections of the Calendar outline the detailed requirements for each Plan, and indicate in which degree program(s) they may be used.   The Department or other academic unit responsible for the administration of the Plan is also listed.  Students should, in the first instance, contact this Department if they require further information.  Each Plan is divided into six sections. Sections 1 through 4 are reproduced within the Academic Advisement Tool in SOLUS in much the same format as may be found in this Calendar:

1. Core

 

Core Courses:  These are required courses in the Plan, for which there is little or no choice in the course that must be taken.  Each line lists the courses that must be taken to fulfill the requirement. Individual courses are separated by an “or” statement, an “and” statement (comma) or an “and/or” statement (semicolon).  Brackets may also be used in some cases to collect course requirements.   Each requirement line is reproduced within the Academic Advisement Tool.
 

2. Option

 

Option Courses:  These are required courses in the Plan, but there is significant choice allowed in the course(s) that may be taken.  Again, each requirement line is reproduced within the Academic Advisement Tool. Quite often the list of courses is quite long, so more general notation is used, such as “6.0 units from HIST at the 200 level”, which means that any course in History at the 200-level may meet this particular requirement.

Course Lists

Some Departments allow lists of courses in many different subjects to meet a requirement.  Such lists are too long to be written out in full in SOLUS, so appear as a course list in the Calendar.  For example, GPHY_Physical is a course list of all the courses that may be used to fulfill the physical geography requirements of a Geography or Environmental Science Plan.  The detailed course lists are located following the Degree Plan to which they pertain in the Calendar and should be used in conjunction with the Plans section of the Calendar and the Academic Advisement Tool in SOLUS.

Option Lists

In some cases, there are two or more sets of options listed, and there is a choice of fulfilling one of these sets of options to achieve the Plan requirements.  This is known as an option list.  For example, the Economics Major Plan requires a student to complete either a Thesis or Seminar Option.  In the Academic Advisement Tool, all the possible option lists appear, and courses fill in on all option lists until all the requirements of one option list are met. Once the requirements of one option list are fulfilled, all the remaining option lists disappear from the report.

3. Supporting

 

Supporting Courses:  these are courses from other disciplines that are usually required as prerequisites to upper-year courses within the Plan.   Supporting courses are listed in the Academic Advisement Tool again much as they appear in the Calendar.   Supporting courses may be shared with the core, option or supporting requirements of any other Arts and Science Plan when students are following major-minor or medial Plan combinations.

         

4. Additional Requirements

 

 

Additional Requirements:  These are other course requirements that must be met in addition to, and are shared with, the core, option and supporting components of a Plan.   Such requirements might include a minimum number of units at a certain year level, a minimum or maximum number of courses allowable from a certain course list, or other breadth requirements.   The other requirements section in the Academic Advisement report only appears when students have failed to meet the requirement in question, or if they have broken a maximum rule.  Once the requirement is fulfilled, it disappears from the report.

 

5. Substitutions

Substitutions:  In a few cases, Plans have option requirements that cannot be programmed automatically into SOLUS. In these cases, alternate choices are listed in the Substitutions portion of the Plan requirements.   If a student believes a substitution is warranted in their Plan, they should contact the Department administering that Plan and request a manual exception to be entered.

6. Notes

Notes:  this section contains other useful information or academic advice pertaining to a Plan.

COURSE LISTS

Detailed lists of courses that may be used to fulfill the various Plan requirements follow each Degree Plan.    These lists should be used in conjunction with the Degree Plans sections of the Calendar and the Academic Advisement Tool in SOLUS. 

COURSES OF INSTRUCTION

This section of the Calendar contains details of all courses offered through the Faculty of Arts and Science. A course entry may contain the following items:

i.             Course number 

Courses are numbered as follows:

Courses numbered from P01 to P09 are pre-university level courses offered at the discretion of the Department, and are primarily intended for students who do not have Ontario 4U or equivalent standing in the subject.  Unless otherwise indicated, these courses are offered for credit as electives in any degree program.

Courses numbered P10 to P99 are intended primarily as electives and normally do not lead to further courses in the subject, unless under special conditions specified by the Department.

Courses numbered 100 to 199 are introductory courses, normally taken in first year. They may be differentiated by method and/or intention, but all lead to further work.

Courses numbered 200 to 299 are normally taken in the second year and usually require a previous course in the subject.   They are standard second-year courses for all plans.

Courses numbered 300 to 399 are normally taken in the third year and have prerequisites determined by the Departments. They are required in the third year of four-year programs, but are not necessarily required in three-year programs.

Courses numbered 400 to 499 are normally taken in fourth year and are primarily intended as senior courses in the four-year programs. However, they are open to all students who meet the prerequisites.

Courses numbered 500 to 590 are reading or undergraduate thesis courses.

Courses numbered 591 to 593 are general examinations in the honours programs.

Course numbers for independent study include the following: 594/3.0, 3.0-unit course; 595/6.0, 6.0-unit course; 596/12.0, 12.0-unit course; 597/18.0, 18.0-unit course; 598/9.0, 9.0-unit course.

When a course number is changed, the former number for the course will appear under Exclusions or Equivalency following the course description for five years subsequent to the change.  Students who take longer than five years to complete a Degree Plan are advised to consult departmental academic advisers to ensure that the courses they select do not duplicate work previously completed.

ii.            Course Weights: follow the course number and are separated by a stroke, for example, HIST 121/6.0 or CISC 121/3.0.  Some courses have weights that are percentages or multiples of 3.0, for example, MUSC 363/1.5 or MICR 499/9.0 or BIOL 537/12.0.

iii.           Course Title

iv.           Course Description

v.            Notes:  when present, these indicate if the course is available at the Bader International Study Centre, if it is available through Continuing and Distance Studies or if there are any fees or special requirements associated with the course.

vi.           Total Learning Hours that a typical student would spend in various activities associated with the course: L = Lectures; S=Seminars; Lb = Laboratories; T = Tutorials; G = Group Learning; I = Individual Instruction; O = Online Activities; Oc = Off-campus Activity; Pc = Practicum; P = Private Study

vii.          Recommendations:  when present, these may include recommended high school background or other courses that are recommended prerequisites for the course.  However, the student is not obliged to hold these prerequisites in order to enrol in the course.

viii.         Prerequisite statements:  many courses have prerequisites, that is previously completed courses or other requirements that must be met before a student may enrol in a course.  Students who do not meet these requirements will not be allowed to enrol in the course in SOLUS.

ix.           Exclusion statements:  some courses have exclusions, that is a list of one or more other courses whose content overlaps sufficiently that only one of them may be used as credit towards a degree program.  Students will not be allowed to enrol in two courses that exclude one another in SOLUS.  If a student does complete both courses, only one will be counted towards the degree program.  In such a case, the Academic Advisement Report in SOLUS will indicate an exclusion warning.

x.            One-way Exclusion statements:  a few courses, particularly language acquisition courses, must be taken in the correct order if credit is to be given for both. A One-way Exclusion indicates that a student may not enrol in the course if they have already completed one or more of the courses listed in the one-way exclusion statement.  Registration will be blocked on SOLUS.  However, the student may take the courses in the opposite order, i.e. they may first take the course listed in the one-way exclusion statement followed by the course in question.  Courses listed in one-way exclusions, if taken in the correct order, will both be credited towards the requirements of a degree program. 

 

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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