Plan Selection

All students that have successfully completed 24 units or more must declare a Plan from May 14 - 25, 2018. Browse through the sections below to learn all about how to choose your Plan. 

Majors Night

This year's Majors Night for Arts & Science students will be:

March 1, 2018 (Grant Hall) from 4-7 p.m.

What is Majors Night?

Choosing a major is one of the largest decisions students make in university. It’s important to make an informed choice – but it doesn’t have to stress you out. Majors Night was created to help you ask questions and learn about each Arts and Science program. It is an annual event.

What Can I Expect at Majors Night?

Members from each Departmental Student Council (DSC) will be available at individual booths to answer questions about their experiences with the programs offered by each department. You’ll be able to compare the different programs you’re considering and explore whether they fit your interests and future goals.

Advisors from Academic Advising, Career Services, and PASS will also be present to answer specific questions about choosing a program and where to find career resources at Queen’s.

Majors night is a partnership between Career Services, the Arts and Science Undergraduate Society (ASUS), the Arts and Science Departmental Student Councils and the Faculty of Arts and Science.

NEW this year!  Information Sessions (held in the Red Room in Kingston Hall)
Sign up for these in MyCareer (under Events & Workshops):

                  4:30 p.m. – Choosing a Plan

                  5 p.m. – QUIP Internships

                  5:30 p.m. – Exchange opportunities

                  6 p.m. – Castle

                  6:30 p.m. – Certificates & Dual Degrees

For more information about choosing a major, go to the Major Maps page

If you are a student with a disability and/or require form of accommodations, please contact majormap@queensu.ca 

For students hoping to avoid peak busy times, we encourage you to consider coming between 6-7 p.m. Historically, it is more quiet at this time in terms of attendance.

Six Most-Asked Questions at Majors Night

Q: What is the difference between a Major/Minor/Medial/Specialization?

  • Most Bachelor of Arts (Honours) majors consist of 60 units in one subject area; whereas, a Bachelor of Science (Honours) major or a Bachelor of Computing (Honours) major consists of 72 units, made up from core courses and supporting courses. The remaining courses required to complete your degree are made up of electives.
  • For a Major-Minor combination, students complete 60-72 units for the major (depending on the major you choose) and an additional 30-48 units for the minor (depending on the minor you choose). The remaining courses required to complete your degree are made up of electives.
  • A medial is only available in the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree program. As a medial you will complete 42 units in one subject area and 42 units in a different subject area. The remaining courses required to complete your degree are made up of electives. You cannot add a minor to a medial.
  • A specialization is a very focused area of study and is made up of 84-108 units (depending on the specialization you choose). Most specializations are either Bachelor of Science (Honours) or Bachelor of Computing (Honours) programs; although there are a few Bachelor of Arts (Honours) specializations.

For more information, visit our Degrees at a Glance page.

Q: Do I have to choose a major now? Can I stay undeclared next year? If you have completed (passed) 24 units or more, you must choose your major. You cannot remain undeclared. If you have completed less than 24 units you MAY but are not REQUIRED TO choose your major.

Q: Can I just do a general Arts degree with no major? No, in order to complete your degree, you must complete the requirements of a valid degree Plan (i.e., major, medial, specialization).

Q: Do I have to have a minor? No, you do not have to have a minor to go with your major. Some students choose to pursue a major without a minor so that they have more flexibility with their elective courses. It is entirely up to you whether or not you pursue a minor. Depending on what you plan to do after your undergraduate degree is complete, the major-minor combination may help you down the road.

Q: Can I do a double minor? No, we do not offer a double minor.

Q: Can I change my major/minor later if I change my mind? Yes! We know that things can change as you work through your degree. Many, many students change their degree plan (major, medial, minor, specialization) in third year and some even change in their fourth year. However, changing your major in upper year may mean that you need to "catch up" so it could mean that it will take you longer to complete your degree. The important thing to keep in mind is that changing your Plan is a definite possibility.

Program / Plan Selection - May 14 - 25, 2018

Students who have completed 24 units or more must participate in the Program/Plan selection process in May.  This involves choosing the area of study (plan) that you wish to pursue.  For some students this may involve requesting to change your degree program.  For example, students may request a change of degree program from:

  • Bachelor of Arts Honours (BAH)  to Bachelor of Science Honours (BSCH) or Bachelor of Computing Honours (BCMPH)
  • BCMPH to BAH or BSCH
  • BSCH to BAH or BCMPH

NOTE:  Students who were admitted to the following programs do not participate in plan selection:  Bachelor of Fine Art, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Physical and Health Education; or Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology.

For more information on degree programs offered in Arts and Science, please visit Degrees at a Glance.

To request your Program/Plan, log into your Student Centre in SOLUS.  Program/Plan Selection is NOT first-come first-served and you may access the page as often as you wish.  Please keep in mind, though, that each time you are accepted into a plan, a record of that change will be recorded on your student record and transcript. 

If you need help navigating SOLUS please visit this link.

All plans in Arts and Science have minimum academic requirements that a student must satisfy in order to be admitted to that plan.  To view the thresholds for all plans in Arts and Science please visit your department page and see the "What it takes" handout under Degree Plans and Options.

Each plan will have an automatic acceptance threshold and a pending list threshold. Once you have decided which plan you wish to pursue, access SOLUS to request that plan.  Be sure to enter your desired plan first.  When you enter your request one of three outcomes will occur:

  1. Automatically Accepted - If you meet the automatic threshold for the plan you have requested you will receive a message on SOLUS telling you that you have been accepted into your plan.  Once accepted, your plan information in SOLUS will be updated and a new entry denoting the change will be recorded on your SOLUS record and transcript. Every time you request a plan change and are accepted to a different plan, a new entry will be recorded on your SOLUS record and on your transcript.

  2. Placed on a Pending (waiting) list- If you receive a message on SOLUS telling you that you have been placed on a pending list this means that your request will be manually reviewed by the department following the Plan Selection period (see below). In addition to being informed that you are on a pending list, SOLUS will also inform you that you must select an alternate plan that you can be automatically accepted to.

    Students can only be on one pending list.  If you are placed on a pending list, you must choose an alternate plan that you are automatically accepted in to.  If you choose to leave SOLUS without being automatically accepted to a plan, you will be removed from the pending list.  If you do not participate in plan selection you run the risk of not getting into the plan of your choice.  It is critical that you are automatically accepted into a plan before the Plan selection period ends.  Otherwise, you will not be able to register in your classes in July.

    Following the Plan Selection process on SOLUS, departmental administrators will manually review all students on their pending lists.  If a department accepts you from their pending list, your plan information in SOLUS will be updated and a new entry denoting the change will be recorded on your SOLUS record and transcript.

    REMEMBER:  Departments will be reviewing their pending lists until June 2nd so you may not see a change to your plan until after that date.

    3.  Refused Admission for that Plan?  If you do not meet the minimum requirements for the plan you want, please consider the following strategies: 
    Plan selection strategies

Program Plan Selection Flowchart >

Slides from the Plan Selection Video >

What it takes to be accepted to a Plan

The Plans found below indicate the minimum academic requirements to be automatically accepted or placed on a pending list for every available Plan in Arts and Science. All requirements include a minimum GPA and/or a minimum grade in a single course. If a course number is labelled with a #, this denotes a “wildcard”, and any course number is acceptable. For example, PHYS 1## indicates that any of PHYS 104, PHYS106 or PHYS117 are acceptable.

Some Plans have other minimum prerequisite standards that must be met before a student can access second year courses. These are indicated in the “Notes” section of the tables. While the SOLUS system may accept a student into the Plan, if they do not hold the correct prerequisites they may not be able to complete the degree within the usual timeframe, and may be at a significant academic disadvantage in upper year courses.

Please note: These academic thresholds are for students applying to plans from first-year going into second year. They are not applicable to upper-year students wishing to change their plan. All upper-year student change of plan requests are pending departmental approval which may or may not reflect the thresholds below.

While every attempt is made to ensure our web pages are up-to-date and accurate, sometimes errors occur. The content on these pages of this website is for your general information and use only. It is subject to change without notice.

Art History

Biology

Biochemistry

Chemistry

Classical Studies (including CLST and CLAS)

Computing (including BMCO, COGS, COMP, CSCI, SODE)

Drama

Economics

English

Environmental Science

Environmental Studies

Film and Media

French Studies

Gender Studies

Geography

Geology

 

Global Development Studies

Health Studies

History

Jewish Studies

Languages, Literatures and Cultures
(including GMST, INDG, ITLN, LANG, LING, LLCU, SPAN)

Life Sciences

Mathematics and Statistics

Music

Philosophy

Physics

Political Studies

Psychology

Religious Studies

Sociology

Stage and Screen Studies

Electives & Supporting Courses

With a few limitations, electives may be chosen freely from any course offered through the Faculty of Arts and Science and are in addition to those required for the Plan component of the degree. Check the Courses of Instruction document to see a list of all courses offered by Arts and Science with their descriptions and prerequisites.

Note that up to 6.0 units of courses from other Faculties and Schools at Queen’s may also be used towards the elective component of the degree. See the Courses of Instruction in other Faculties and Schools document for more information.

Supporting Courses in Arts and Science

Some Plans in Arts and Science require the student to take supporting courses. These are courses in a subject different from that of the Plan but are required prerequisites for upper year courses. An example would be a first year calculus course in a Physics Plan.

When combining Plans in Medial or Major-Minor degrees, courses common to the two Plans cannot be shared between the requirements of the two Plans. In such cases, an alternative must be chosen. Supporting courses are the exception to this rule: a supporting course in one Plan can be used towards the requirements of the other, increasing the number of electives available to the student. See the Degree Programs section of the Arts and Science calendar for complete details of how courses are shared between Plans.