This Faculty traces its origins to Queen's Royal Charter of 1841, which declared that the University would both train students as Presbyterian ministers and instruct youth "in the various branches in Science and Literature." In the University's first 30 or 40 years, however, there was no hard and fast distinction between arts and theology, and professors taught in both faculties.
Queen's first two professors, the Rev Thomas Liddell and the Rev Peter Colin Campbell, initiated the Arts and Science curriculum with courses in three subjects: Classics, Mathematics, and Natural Philosophy (the Victorian term for Natural Science). By the end of the 19th century, the faculty also offered courses in Chemistry, English, French, German, History, Philosophy, Physics, Political and Economic Science (since divided into Economics and Political Studies), and Psychology.
Today, the Faculty offers a broad range of undergraduate degree programs in the sciences, social sciences, humanities, fine arts, and languages.
The Faculty also operates the Queen's School of English, which offers non-credit courses in English as a second language.
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