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Messages from the Deans

Welcome to Arts and Science Online, the home of online studies in the Faculty of Arts and Science at Queen’s University.

I, like some of you, am new to Queen’s, and am optimistic about what the next several years will bring.  Although I am a recent addition to the Queen’s community, I am well aware that Arts and Science Online is renowned throughout the province and the country for its innovative and diverse approaches to education. I am proud to be joining a post-secondary institution and Faculty with such a robust reputation within such an online learning community.

I am quickly learning just how integral Arts and Science Online is to Queen’s and to the hundreds of students who choose to take online courses every single term.  I am amazed at the sheer number of exciting programs that are launched every year, such as the new fully online Liberal Studies degree  welcoming its first cohort in May 2017.

Whether you have chosen online learning because you are a distance student pursuing a degree, a professional looking to earn a certificate, or one of our on-campus students looking for courses to take during your studies, Arts and Science Online has countless options that will work for you.  I am so pleased to welcome you to this outstanding and exemplary community.

Dr. Barbara Crow, Dean of Arts and Science


As the new Associate Dean of Teaching & Learning in the Faculty of Arts and Science, I would like to welcome all of you to Arts and Science OnlineRichard Ascough, Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning)

Whether you are making your first foray into online learning or you are in the midst of completing an entirely online degree, we are committed to supporting you in reaching your personal and professional goals in any way we can.

While we have hundreds of offerings at the individual course level, we also have multi-course certificates and even arts or science degree options available entirely online.  I am excited by the pace at which our offerings are growing, and with more options comes new methods of course delivery and instruction, ensuring that we remain at the forefront of innovation in our use of technology and in our pedagogical methods. 

At the Faculty of Arts and Science, and in Continuing and Distance Studies, we pride ourselves on our ability to support our students from all angles, and strive to provide them with unparalleled learning experiences paired with innovative and interactive instruction supported by technology.  Depending on which course you take, you may be learning through tutorials, quizzes, group discussions, or peer-to-peer feedback, all available at a time and place that’s convenient for you.  I look forward to seeing all the achievements of the many students who choose to learn online with us this year.

Dr. Richard Ascough, Associate Dean (Teaching & Learning)


Bev King, Assistant Dean (Teaching & Learning)I am thrilled to welcome all our new and returning online learners to Arts and Science Online.  A new year always brings with it new opportunities, challenges, and experiences, and we at Continuing and Distance Studies and the Faculty of Arts and Science are excited to work with all of you to make your learning experience the best that it can be. 

We take great pride in the diversity of our student body, and consistently strive to develop courses and learning pathways that are just as varied and diverse as the students who take them.  Whether you’re interested in anatomy or art history, gender studies or geography, philosophy or psychology, we have options that will fit with your interests and goals.  I enjoy being on this journey with you and look forward to hearing about some of the great things you achieve this year. 

As always, we are busy developing new courses and programs to offer you in the near future, so keep checking our website to find out how you can best make use of our resources to make your time with us as enriching and rewarding as possible. Welcome again, and I look forward to an exciting year at Arts and Science Online!

Bev King, Assistant Dean (Teaching & Learning)

Queen’s is committed to an inclusive campus community with accessible goods, services, and facilities that respect the dignity and independence of persons with disabilities. The Arts and Science Online Pitch Page is available in an accessible format or with appropriate communication supports upon request. Please contact Arts and Science Online at cds@queensu.ca