The Employment Relations General Plan (3-year degree) provides job-ready knowledge and skills for exciting and meaningful careers in human resource management or labour relations. Students will develop a highly transferable set of skills and knowledge that will give them the confidence they need to make a positive impact on any organization, in any industry.

What will I learn?

  • A solid foundation that supports effective employment relations: labour policy, employment law, collective bargaining and labour relations, organizational behaviour, and human resources practice
  • Oral and written communication skills
  • Presentation skills
  • Leadership
  • Innovation
  • Critical thinking
  • Conflict management
  • Negotiation

What career opportunities will I have?

The Employment Relations General Plan complements a number of possible career paths and gives you the in-demand skills needed to set you apart in any field. Whether you choose medicine, engineering, education, philosophy, commerce, media or law, the job market will always be in need of graduates who can communicate clearly, empathize with others, think independently, and analyze and problem solve.

Who can apply?

The BA General is open to all Queen's undergraduate students. The Employment Relations General Plan (with sufficient electives to total 90 units) will lead to a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Program Structure

A total of 90 credits are required to complete the Employment Relations - BA General (3-year) degree. 30.0 core units, plus 60.0 elective units.

Core courses (Required) - Students are required to take 6 units at the 100 level.

  • EMPR 100 (3.0 units): Introduction to Employment Relations (Fall 2022)
  • EMPR 110 (3.0 units): Workplace Communication and Interpersonal Skills (Winter 2023)

The remaining 24 units (8 courses) can be selected from the following plan categories:

  • 9.0 units (3 EMPR courses) at the 200-level
  • 9.0 units (3 EMPR courses) at the 200-level or above
  • 6 units (2 courses) at the 300-level from EMPR courses or approved EMPR substitutes from other academic departments.

Current EMPR substitutes include the following pre-approved courses: ECON 361/3.0; GNDS 321/3.0; DEVS 311/3.0; SOCY 336/3.0; SOCY 305/3.0

ELECTIVES (60.0 UNITS) - 60.0 additional units selected from all course offerings.

Admission requirements

To be eligible for the BA General program you’ll need one of the following (whichever is most recent):

  • An overall average of 75% on your high school diploma with English 4U, plus your next best six 4U/4M courses; OR
  • A 2-year college diploma with a minimum 2.9 GPA; OR
  • A 3-year college diploma with a minimum 2.6 GPA; OR
  • At least one full year of university with a minimum 2.6 GPA.

For more information on admission requirements click here.

What is the difference between a 3-year vs a 4-year degree?

There are a few things to keep in mind regarding the differences between 3-year General Degrees and 4-year Honours Degrees at Queen’s.

  • Admission Requirements: 3-year degrees require a minimum of a 75% average on your high school diploma, whereas the 4-year degree program requires an 80% + for admission. The 4-year program is also more competitive due to space constraints.
  • Program Requirements:  3-year degrees consist of 90.0-units, while the 4-year honours degrees requires 120.0-units. Many honours degree plans require 300 and 400 level seminar courses that are not designed for online studies at this time.

While a highly marketable credential, a General degree is not aimed at providing students with direct access to graduate level studies. Depending on the program, many graduate level programs require a 4-year 120.0-unit Honours degree. If you are considering continuing your education at the graduate level, it is strongly recommended that you research the programs you are interested in to determine if a 3-year General degree is acceptable for admission.