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Arts and Science Dual and Second Degrees I Dual Degree Program


I Dual Degree Program
The Dual Degree Program allows students to complete degrees from two different Faculties or Schools concurrently at Queen’s University, subject to the following regulations. These regulations are designed in conformity with the Senate's Policy on Second Degrees (see www.queensu.ca/secretariat/senate/policies/secdeg.html).
 
The program combines
  • a primary or full-time degree program in the Faculty of Applied Science or Schools of Business or Nursing, and
  • a secondary or part-time degree program in the Faculty of Arts and Science.
Each student’s program will consist of three types of credits:
  • first, up to 10.0 shared credits may count towards both programs;
  • second, an additional number of primary credits must be completed to reach the minimum overall total required for the primary degree program; and
  • third, an additional number of secondary credits must be completed to reach the minimum overall total required for the secondary degree program. 
The number of additional primary and secondary credits necessary will vary according to the degree requirements in each Faculty or School and degree program. Unless courses for the secondary program in addition to the normal full-time load are taken during the academic year or the Spring-Summer Session, a Dual Degree Program will take five or more years of study.
 
Students interested in pursuing a Dual Degree Program should consult with Undergraduate Admission and with the Faculty or School offering each degree program. It is further recommended that students familiarize themselves with the written regulations in each Faculty or School and seek regular advising sessions.
 
1    Admission to a Dual Degree Program
a    APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION    Students must submit an application to Undergraduate Admission at Queen’s University to enter the Dual Degree Program. Where an application is required, an application fee applies. 
 
b    ADMISSION DEADLINES
Fall Term entry               1 June
Winter Term entry          1 December

It is not possible to be admitted to a Dual Degree Program for entry in the Spring-Summer Session.
 
c    ADMISSION ELIGIBILITY    Students may apply for admission to a Dual Degree Program if they have full-time standing and have successfully completed at least one full year of study (the equivalent of 4.0 credits) in their initial program. Departmental approval for the concentration requested in the secondary program and approval of the combined programs are required by the Faculty of the secondary program.
 
d   ADMISSION STANDING    Students must be in good academic standing in both Faculties or Schools to be eligible to enter into and proceed in a Dual Degree Program. To be considered to be in good academic standing according to the Academic Regulations of both Faculties or Schools, students must
  • have a minimum overall average of 60 per cent on passed courses transferable to Arts and Science;
  • have fewer than 6.0 failures in courses transferable to Arts and Science;
  • not be on academic probation in either Faculty or School; and
  • not be under a requirement to withdraw as imposed by either Faculty or School.

2    Academic Requirements
a    SHARED CREDITS    Students may count a maximum of 10.0 shared credits towards each degree program. Shared credits include those normally acceptable for credit in the Faculty of Arts and Science. (See Academic Regulations 8a-i for restrictions on courses that may transfer to an Arts and Science degree.)

b    PRIMARY CREDITS    Students must complete all course and degree requirements for the primary program according to the regulations of that Faculty or School. (See the regulations of the relevant Faculty or School for details.)
 
c    SECONDARY CREDITS
i    Students must complete all course and degree requirements for the secondary program according to the regulations of the Faculty of Arts and Science. (See especially Academic Regulation 28 for degree requirements.)
 
ii    Enrolment is limited in some degree programs and concentrations. The minimum average required for admission to some degree programs and concentrations may vary from year to year, depending on the size and strength of the applicant pool.
 
iii    Credits in addition to the shared credits must meet the minimum number required for the completion of the degree.
  • The total number of Arts and Science credits required for a B.A. or B.Sc.(Gen.) degree is 15.0, distributed as follows: up to 10.0 shared credits and a minimum of 5.0 secondary Queen’s Arts and Science credits.
  • The total number of Arts and Science credits required for a B.A.(Hons.) degree is 19.0, distributed as follows: up to 10.0 shared credits and a minimum of 9.0 secondary Queen’s Arts and Science credits.
  • The total number of Arts and Science credits required for a B.Sc.(Hons.) degree is 20.0, distributed as follows: up to 10.0 shared credits and a minimum of 10.0 secondary Queen’s Arts and Science credits.
iv    To qualify for an Arts and Science degree, students must have a minimum overall average of 60.0 per cent in both the credits offered to meet the degree requirements and in the credits offered to meet the requirements of the concentration.
 
v    All secondary credits must be completed at the Faculty of Arts and Science at Queen’s University. They may not be transferred from another institution or from the primary Faculty or School at Queen’s.
 
vi    Dual degree students must register all secondary (Arts and Science) credits with the Faculty of Arts and Science and pay the appropriate fees.
 
3    Credit Registration
Once a student is enrolled in a Dual Degree Program, course credits must be registered under the appropriate degree program and the appropriate fees paid for these courses. During the course selection and add/drop periods, students should use QCARD to register courses under the appropriate degree program (see below).
 
a    SHARED CREDITS    All shared credits must be registered under the primary program.
 
b    PRIMARY CREDITS    All primary credits must be registered under the primary program.
 
c    SECONDARY CREDITS    The secondary credits necessary to complete the Arts and Science degree must be registered under the Arts and Science program.
 
4    Change of Dual Degree Combination
Students are admitted to specific Dual Degree Program combinations. To change a secondary program (e.g., switch from B.A.[Hons.] to B.A.) or concentration (e.g., switch from ENGL to ECON), a student must submit an application to Undergraduate Admission. If the application for the new dual degree combination is approved, the ruling “Request to change Dual Degree Program approved” will be entered on students’ transcripts.
  
Dual degree students who complete the secondary (Arts and Science) degree prior to completing the primary degree, and subsequently wish to complete another degree in Arts and Science, are considered to be continuing as dual degree students, and must submit an application through Undergraduate Admission for another dual degree combination.
  
Dual degree students who complete both degrees and subsequently wish to complete another degree in Arts and Science are then considered to be second degree students, and should follow the regulations described under Second Degree Programs later in this chapter.
 
5    Withdrawal from a Dual Degree Program
Students admitted to a Dual Degree Program who no longer wish to complete the program may inform Undergraduate Admission in writing of their intent to withdraw. If a request to withdraw is made during the session in which a student was initially admitted to the Dual Degree Program and prior to the last date to withdraw without academic penalty, the ruling “Admitted to a Dual Degree Program” will be removed from the student’s transcript. That is, students who indicate that they wish to withdraw from the Dual Degree Program before the last date to drop any of the courses they have registered in since being admitted to the Dual Degree Program will fall into this category. If the request is submitted at a later date, the ruling “Withdrew from Dual Degree Program” will appear on the student’s transcript.
 
6    Restrictions
a    Students registered in the Faculty of Arts and Science are not permitted to register in a degree combination consisting of two programs within the Faculty. Combinations including Arts and Science degrees (B.A., B.A.[Hons.], B.Sc.[Gen.] and B.Sc.[Hons.]) with those from the School of Computing (B.Cmp.[Gen.], B.Cmp.[Hons.]), School of Music (B.Mus.) and the Department of Fine Art (B.F.A.[Gen.] and B.F.A.[Hons.]) are also ineligible. (Students in Arts and Science should review the description of the Second Degree Program in the Arts and Science Calendar [Academic Regulation 27b]).
 
b    Students may be refused admission to a particular Dual Degree Program combination if it is determined that there is significant overlap in the two programs. If at least half of the required credits in the Arts and Science program may be used in the primary degree program, the overlap is considered significant and the combination is not approved. For example, a B.Sc.(Gen.) degree program requires 15.0 credits overall, of which 8.0 are concentration credits. If 4.0 or more of the 8.0 concentration credits are required (or may be used) in the primary degree program, there is too much overlap for the dual degree combination to be approved (see the chart at the end of this section for program combinations that have been approved). Conditions in Academic Regulation 28 apply.
 
c    The Dual Degree Program consists of two degree programs taken concurrently. Therefore, students in the concurrent Education or the concurrent Physical and Health Education program may not apply for an additional degree program.
 
d    Students may be refused admission to a particular Dual Degree Program in departments or programs where limited enrolments are enforced.
Arts and Science Dual and Second Degrees I Dual Degree Program
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