Arts and Science is the largest Faculty at Queen’s University, making up over 60% of the university. It has 32 departments and schools, with an extraordinary scope of educational possibilities encompassing the creative arts, languages, computing, humanities, social sciences, life and physical sciences, as well as several interdisciplinary departments.

Arts and Science courses are open to exchange students provided that they have the appropriate prerequisite courses. Please note that availability may be limited in some departments. Students may have the option to take courses from another Faculty; however, the majority of courses must be in the Faculty of Arts and Science. Students are not permitted to enroll in courses offered by the Faculty of Law.

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Academic Information

More detailed information about course registration etc. can be found on our Pre-departure page.

All courses at Queen's are taught in English.

Exchange students are recommended to take a minimum of 9.0 units and a maximum of 15.0 units per term; 24.0 to maximum of 30.0 units for the full year. Please note that 9.0-15.0 units typically represent 4-5 courses per term.

Full year 6.0 unit courses extend throughout the Fall-Winter session (September-April). 3.0 unit courses are offered within the Fall (September-December) or Winter (January-April) terms. A 6.0 unit course normally involves 220-260 hours of learning hours (laboratories and tutorials may also be required); a 3.0 unit course involves 110-130 hours of learning hours.

Requirements vary for each course. An extra half hour during final examinations is available to exchange students whose first language is not English.

The Faculty of Arts and Science uses a GPA (Grade Point Average) ranging from 4.3 (A+) to 0 (F). See the Faculty of Arts and Science website for more information.

You can find courses of instruction in the online Academic Calendar.

Not every course listed in this Calendar is offered every year. For the most up-to-date information on course offerings, students are advised to view the course timetable on SOLUS or consult with the appropriate department.

Join the Conversation

Queen's University celebrates intercultural dialogue around equity, diversity, inclusion, and indigeneity in the Queen’s and broader Kingston community. Intercultural conversation makes our community remarkable both within and outside the classroom. Here are some academic courses that we invite you to explore as you continue to research a potential exchange at Queen’s University. All members of the Queen’s community are encouraged to participate in the intercultural conversation and we hope you will join us.

Courses listed below are one-term courses (either Fall or Winter) and have a cultural focus and minimal pre-requisites. Please note course offerings are subject to change each year.

  • ANSH 101/3.0 Beginning Anishinaabe Language and Culture I
  • ARTH 248/3.0 Introduction to the Indigenous Arts of North America
  • BIOL 319/3.0 Introduction to Ethnobotany
  • BLCK 200/3.0 Introduction to Black Studies
  • DEVS 220/3.0 Introduction to Indigenous Studies
  • ENGL 218/3.0 Introduction to Indigenous Literature in Canada
  • ENSC 103/3.0 Environment and Sustainability
  • GNDS 212/3.0 Racism, Colonialism and Resistance
  • GNDS 125/3.0 Gender, Race and Popular Culture
  • GNDS 215/3.0 Introduction to Sexual and Gender Diversity
  • GPHY 351/3.0 Geographies of Indigenous and Settler Relations
  • HIST 254/3.0 Women and Gender in 20th Century Canada
  • INDG 301/3.0 Black and Indigenous Poetries
  • INUK 101/3.0 Beginning Inuktitut Language and Culture
  • LLCU 101/3.0 Beginning Indigenous Language and Culture I
  • LLCU 110/3.0 Linguistic Diversity and Identity
  • LLCU 111/3.0 Introduction to Cultures
  • LLCU 270/3.0 Contemporary Events and Indigenous Cultural Politics
  • LLCU 302/3.0 Unsettling: Indigenous Peoples & Canadian Settler Colonialism
  • LLCU 370/3.0 Indigenous Women and Power
  • MOHK 101/3.0 Beginning Mohawk Language & Culture
  • POLS 313/3.0 Mass Media and Politics in Canada

Exchange students are also welcome to participate in free training sessions with the Human Rights and Equity Office and are encouraged to consider registering for the free Intercultural Awareness Certificate, co-offered by the Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre and Queen's University International Centre.