The Concurrent Education Student Association acknowledges that Queen's University

is situated on traditional Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee territory.

F.A.Qs - incoming students edition

Defining “general” first and talking about your degree plan

  • A ​general first year​ means you’ll proceed into university with ​no major​. You’ll ​pick your major in May after your first year​.

  • Usually for your major you’ll need one course. (ie. English → ENGL100). Then you will need a certain grade in that course (Usually ranging somewhere from a C to an A- depending on the course), as well as a certain overall average (usually somewhere between a C- and a B+)

  • A degree plan simply refers to the combination of your major, minor or medial, as well as your electives. A “medial” is essentially Queen's’ version of a double major. Here is what it will look like over the course of you undergrad in terms of units:

    • Major: 60 units for your major and 60 units for electives. Total 120 units.

    • Major + Minor: 60 units for your major, 30 units for your minor and 30 units for electives. Total 120 units.

    • Medial: 42 units for your first subject, 42 units for your second subject and 36 units for electives. Total 120 units.

  • For more information about majors and courses here is a link to the major maps for all possible majors at Queen's:https://careers.Queen'​.

  • This will tell you not only what courses you need to take throughout your four years but other things like job opportunities and what kind of experiences you could/should get out of the major.


  • You can find a list of all the possible courses at Queen's here:​ ​(not all the courses on this list will be available every school year but most of them will be. These are all the courses that might be offered

  • You can also find the different degree plans and the requirements for them at the following link


  • You will be able to view all the courses running for the fall and winter semesters on SOLUS starting June 17t​ h​. You can start building your schedule on your own at this date and add courses to your shopping cart (basically it will store them until your appointment time)

  • On July 8t​h​ you’ll receive your “appointment time”​ (the exact time and date you’ll pick your courses) ​on SOLUS. This appointment time will sometime on July 15th or 16th. This all happens online. Although it is called an “appointment”, its actually just a short time frame in which you select courses

  • To access the list of courses on SOLUS go to ​​ and log in with your net-id and password. When logged in you will see a red icon that says “SOLUS”.

  • Towards the right hand side of the page there will be a button that says​ ​Search for Classes​. Then fill out the information in the various tabs to discover any specific courses you’re searching for. Make sure to select ​Fall

  • 2019​ and ​Winter 2020​ in the “term” section.  If you are not available during your appointment time, there is no way to reschedule​,

  • however, you can get someone else (a family member or close friend, for example) to submit your courses for you. All they would need is your net-id and password and as long as you filled your shopping cart with your courses they will only have to press submit​.

Getting involved in first year

  • There are many different opportunities available at Queen’s university! Here is a list of clubs at Queen's:​ ​​ ​(list is not entirely up to date but it will provide a rough idea.

  • If you are interested in getting invovled in CESA (your main faculty society), your in luck because CESA hires several first year students for many positions. Positions may include interns, council clerks and many more. Look out for more information during Orientation Week. If you have any questions about get invovled in CESA, please contact the CESA President, Carla Namkung at 

  • Con-Ed is a special faculty because we have another governing body called ASUS (Arts and Science Undergraduate Society). They oversee all Con-Ed, Kin, Comp-Sci students plus the Art-Sci students. They will be also hiring several first year students in September. If you are interested, please contact the ASUS Human Resources Officer, Shaarini Ravitharan at

Orientation week

  • Orientation week begins on the 31s​t​ of August with move-in day. You will then proceed to do two days of residence orientation (August 31st​ - September 1s​t​), followed by three days of faculty orientation. You will then have classes on Thursday and Friday (September 5t​h​ - 6t​h)​ . Orientation week resumes again on Saturday with faculty orientation and then closes on the Sunday, with one final day of residence orientation.

  •  For first years not in residence​, you can register for an orientation that would run the same time as residence orientation, called ​FYNIRS Orientation​. Since FYNIRS Orientation takes place during the few days before Faculty Orientation starts, it is still possible for students to attend both Orientations and maximize their exposure to all the welcoming opportunities Queen's has to offer!

  • For specifics on orientation week activities, please check with your individual faculty

  • You are not required or forced to attend any of the orientation events, however, it is highly encouraged as each orientation week does have a registration fee.

  • You will need to buy tickets to faculty orientation- some of which can cost over $150. There are bursaries available. With faculty orientation, you will get to partake in numerous, fun, pre-planned and theoretically expensive activities that are all covered when you buy your ticket.

  • Residence orientation is free and is spent with your floor and your residence don. It will include things such as floor meetings, bonding games, campus tours and a show featuring sketches about what it’s like to be in first year.

  • FYNIRs orientation is roughly $100 and is spent with a group of other FYNIRs and “Landlords”, the orientation leaders for FYNIRs. Students get to see the city of Kingston, rather than just the campus that is shown in residence orientation. For more information on FYNIRs, please visit ​​.

Working in university?

  •  Can you work? Absolutely! Many university students work during school and there are many opportunities to work on campus.

  •  Besides all the regular jobs at Queen's to which any student can apply for, there is also something called the ​Work Study Program​. This is for students from low-income families only. This program allows you to sign up for a job that is related to your field of study and get up to $2000 a year for doing it. The application and jobs for the work study come out in “mid-summer” (sorry the university isn’t very specific on that one) and you can apply on SOLUS then! Watch out though, while everyone is guaranteed a job, the different choices are first come first serve and some of them might go fast.

  • This link is to Queen's Career Services. They have a plethora of links on this page to various different job opportunities on campushttps://careers.Queen'

  • Do you love walking, paper, coffee or food in general? Well then you're in luck. The Alma Mater Society hires first year students in September for Common Gound, Printing and Copy Centre and Walkhome. (Contact the Vice-President External ( for more information.) 


  • Recommended items for residence (these items are all optional):

    • ○  Electric fan (not needed for Single Plus bedrooms)

    • ○  Printer (not necessary but useful)

    • ○  Posters, pictures of other decorations - really makes you feel more at home.

    • ○  Mattress topper .

    • ○  Ear plugs can be purchased for cheap at the Queen’s Pharmacy in the ARC

    • ○  Router - rooms do not have internet by themselves

    • ○  Mini fridge - there are fridges in most common rooms that you could also use but sometimes it’s nice to have your own to store leftover food and beverages

  • Items provided by the residence in every room:

    • Garbage pail - there is one per person provided in every room

    • Full length mirror

    • Sticky-tack (do NOT use thumb tacks or nails/screws on walls)

    •  Bulletin board - one attached to your desk

  • Candles are banned​ as they can produce a fire hazard.

  • Pets are banned​ for allergies purposes.

  • Drugs and Alcohol are prohibited​ in residence. 


  • Most of the campus is fairly close together in terms of distance. This is relevant information when making your schedule. For the most part, you do not have to worry about scheduling courses back to back (i.e. one ends at 10:30 and one starts at 10:30) because the campus is so close together- and all classes end 10 minutes early to give you the chance to get to your next class. The only buildings that is significantly far is the west campus building- Duncan McArthur. Give yourself at least half an hour to get to a class from main to west or vice versa

  • The ARC (Athletics and Recreational Centre) is Queen’s student hub and gym. There are several options for food there (where you can use your meal plan!) As a Queen's’ student you get free access to the gym during the school year with your student card.

  •  Mitchell Hall is another gym at Queen's. It’s also home to many clubs, societies and services at the university.

  • The JDUC (John Deutsch University Centre) is the main student centre where many clubs, organizations, stores, restaurants and services are located.

  • Ban Righ and Leonard Hall are the two dining halls on Queen's’ main campus. Jean Royce Hall is the dining hall on west campus has.

what is con-ed?

  • Concurrent Education​ ​or “​Con-Ed​” for short is a program where students can work towards an undergraduate degree and an education degree simultaneously within a 5-year time frame. At the end of your five years you will graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Arts, Science, Music or Fine Arts as well as a Bachelor of Education.

Courses in Con-ed

  • The only courses you require for Con-Ed are PSYC 100, PROF 110, PROF 210, PROF 310 and PRAC (see below for more details on prof and prac)


  • As a Con-Ed student, after your first year (at the same time your pick your major actually) you will have to claim a division of either Primary/Junior or Intermediate/Senior. I/S qualifies you to teach anywhere from Grades 7-12. P/J qualifies you to teach anywhere from Kindergarten to Grade 6.

  • Teachables are subjects that you are qualified to teach and this is only applicable to those in I/S. You will need to choose two subjects to be your teachables. Queen’s University offers the following subjects as teachables:

    • English

    • French

    • History

    • Geography

    • Math

    • Biology

    • Chemistry

    • Physics

    • Music-Instrumental

    • Music-Vocal

    • Dramatic Arts

    • Fine/Visual Art

    • Indigenous/Native Studies

  • You might also hear a lot of people using the word ​“ABQ”​ when talking about teachables as well. This is stands for ​Additional Basic Qualification​. Having an ABQ can allow you to have another teachable in any subject. If you get a certain 

  • amount of credits within a certain area you can get an ABQ in that subject area. This means that any time after you graduate, you can take an online course and now have an additional teachable!

  • Your ​first teachable will require 30 units, your second teachable will require 24​ and most (not all) ABQs will require 12 units. (Check with each individual subject to be certain how many units are needed for an ABQ)


  • Prof is a major component of your education degree, that you’ll be taking every in first, second and third year. The reason Con-Ed allows you to finish your degree faster than a regular teacher’s college is because of the 3 PROF classes you will be taking f over the course of your undergrad. It’s a full year long course and you will automatically be placed into it so you do not have to worry about picking it yourself on SOLUS.


  • Practicum is where you will be a teaching assistant (or as we call it, teacher candidate) in a classroom. In first year, you will have to be there for a full 10 school days. This usually occurs in May or June after each school year (i.e. first year prac will happen the May after first year and so on). During PROF 110, there will be special presentations by the practicum office explaining how practicum works and what students require before they set off on their first placements.

yOUR education degree throughout the years

  • In your first year, you’ll take Prof and Prac every year up until (and including) third year. During fourth year you will be given a break to finish up your bachelor of arts/science/fine arts/music. You’ll graduate from your first degree at the end of fourth year and then spend all of fifth year finishing up your education degree.

Further information

  • If you have any further, more specific questions, there are many upper year Con-Ed students who are available to help and guide you through your summer preparing for university and when you get here. There are many Facebooks groups (So much for “only old people use Facebook”) that you can access where students introduce 

  • themselves and upper years can answer any questions you have too. At Queen’s, we

  • wish to make everyone feel welcome, regardless of who they are.

  •  Vicky Andrews is the Con-Ed academic advisor. She is certainly able to answer any

    of your questions. She can be found during the open houses, the Ontario University Fair and by phone and email during the school year when students are still deciding on universities and programs. She will also be seen at Orientation week where she will answer a plethora of questions in a Q&A during Con-Ed orientation week. When you become a student here, it is recommended that you book an appointment with her to discuss your academics and plan your schedule of the years to come:

  •  If you wish to see more information in regards to Con-Ed events, resources, contacts, etc, visit the Concurrent Education Student’s Association’s website: