Undergraduate Certificate and Electives in Employment Relations

Undergraduate Studies

Employment Relations Program

Faculty of Arts and Science
Employment Relations Programs
R. Chaykowski, Professor and Director
Office: Robert Sutherland Hall 209
Telephone 613-533-6000 ext. 77322
Email: richard.chaykowski@queensu.ca

Employment Relations Undergraduate Certificate Coordinator
R. Hickey, Professor
Office: Robert Sutherland Hall 225
Telephone 613-533-6485
Email: hickeyr@queensu.ca


The study of employment relations in Canada and globally has a long tradition at Queen’s. The Queen’s undergraduate Certificate in Employment Relations focuses on core elements of the field of work and employee-management relations, while taking account of social science perspectives from economics, law, management, and history.
The undergraduate Certificate in Employment Relations provides a broad foundation in the field of employment relations, including the areas of labour/employment law, labour-management relations, conflict management and negotiations, human resources management, and labour policy. Taken together, these courses and the resulting Certificate form the basis for a recognized university credential that will support students who are seeking entry level jobs in labour relations and human resources management after leaving Queen’s.

Certificate Program
The Certificate in Employment Relations is designed for current undergraduate degree students at Queen’s University who want to gain career-ready knowledge and skills to work as professional human resource and labour relations managers. The Certificate is also open to non-Queen’s students who want to gain this academic credential from Canada’s leading university in the field of employment relations. The Certificate will appear as a distinct academic credential on the final transcript.

Graduates of the Certificate in Employment Relations will demonstrate a broad understanding of the major subjects and skills in employment relations. Through lectures, case studies, simulations, group discussions, team projects, and individual assignments, students will develop competencies in the use of appropriate methods to assess workplace challenges and problems. Students who successfully complete the Certificate in Employment Relations will be able to devise and sustain persuasive arguments and solve problems using a variety of disciplinary approaches.


Students are required to take five (5) EMPR courses. The 200-level courses are offered in-class and online. The introductory courses do not require any prerequisites, but as 200-level courses, self-enrollment does require second year standing.

The Certificate in Employment Relations consists of 15.0 units of required degree-credit courses:
EMPR 200 (3.0 Units)

Work & Employment Relations in Canada

Winter 2019 online
EMPR 210 (3.0 units):

Employment Relations and
Labour Law

Fall 2018 online
EMPR 220 (3.0 units):

Conflict Resolution

Fall 2018 online
EMPR 230 (3.0 units):
Managing Human Resources &
Employment Relations
Summer 2019 online
EMPR 240 (3.0 units):
Labour Policy
Winter 2019 online
* subject to change


Queen’s students can complete the certificate in conjunction with their undergraduate degree requirements, counting two (2) of the five (5) certificate courses as electives for their primary degree. Faculty of Arts and Science regulations limit double-counting of courses, meaning that three (3) courses will not count towards undergraduate degree requirements. Students take these courses in addition to their normal course load. The Arts and Science course tuition rate will be charged for these additional courses.

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Admission Criteria

Current Queen’s Students: Any student at Queen’s who has completed the first year of courses may apply to the Certificate program. The Certificate program can be taken in conjunction with a degree program for current students at Queen’s University. Students can apply at any time but generally applications to enroll should be made between the first and second year of university studies. 

Distance, Part-time Students, and Continuing Learners: The Certificate can be earned as a stand-alone credential for current students or graduates from other universities. Students or graduates from another college or university must have completed one-year of post-secondary courses (30 credits) and meet the general admission requirements for the Faculty Arts and Science.

To gain credit from Certificate courses toward a degree at another university, undergraduate students will need a Letter of Permission and follow any other applicable academic regulations at their home institution.

For students with at least one year of previous post-secondary education who do not intend to work toward a degree can also take the Certificate courses and enter the Faculty of Arts and Science as non-degree students. Once non-degree students meet the Arts and Science eligibility criteria for progression to a degree program, they can enroll in the Certificate program at that time.

Academic Progress Criteria

All students enrolled in the Certificate in Employment Relations program need to meet the Faculty of Arts and Science progression criteria.

Additional Employment Relations Elective Course Offerings:

The Employment Relations Programs are constantly creating new course offerings to meet the demand and interest of students, in this expanding field of employment. At this point, these courses are standalone electives open to all FAS students.
Currently the following NEW on campus courses are available to students for the Winter 2019 term:
EMPR 110 Workplace Communication and Interpersonal Skills:
This first year course introduces students to the critical interpersonal competencies and communication skills required in contemporary workplaces. Students will gain and apply knowledge of foundational theories in communication and organizational behaviour to develop their professional written, oral, and interpersonal skills. EXCLUSION No more than 3.0 units from COMM 105. (3 credit course)
EMPR 260 Advancing Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the Workplace:
The course considers the workplace policies, laws, and human resource management and labour relations practices that advance equity and diversity in the workplace. This course examines the nature and extent of diversity in the Canadian labour force and the implications for establishing and supporting equitable, diverse and productive workforces. PREREQUISITE Level 2 or above. (3 credit course)
A full list of the course offerings can be found here


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