Welcome to Liberal Arts at Georgian College

Liberal Arts studies help students develop the skills and knowledge they need to access a broad range of careers. Some of the skills we focus on here at Georgian College include written and verbal communication skills, the ability to solve problems, to work well with others, to adapt in a changing workplace, to think independently and make sound judgements.

A Liberal Arts program is also a good foundation for further studies in higher education at either the college or university level. Learn more about Georgian’s articulation and transfer agreements.

Consider joining us for your Liberal Arts education. You’ll benefit from excellent faculty, small class sizes, state-of-the-art facilities and excellent support services.

We look forward to helping you get started on your future.

 

Allie Webster, a first-year student in the Community Integration through Co-operative Education (CICE) program, speaks to the crowd gathered outdoors at the Cenotaph at the Barrie campus of Georgian College on April 2. The assembly was to raise the flag for World Autism Awareness Day. Other speakers included Renee Ferguson, CICE co-ordinator and Erin Nightingale, manager of the Barrie chapter of Autism Ontario. Webster, who is diagnosed with Asperger’s, part of the autism spectrum disorder scale, spoke of how she has grown as a person and come to accept herself, and appreciate what she can contribute.

Allie Webster used to fear that she would never fit in with the rest of her family. Diagnosed with Asperger’s, part of the autism spectrum disorder scale, Webster says her shyness and feeling of being different worried her considerably. Read more...

Andrea Kirk

Andrea Kirk

Office Assistant, Century 21

Program:

Community Integration through Co-operative Education (Office Administration)

Year:

2013


The thing I liked most about Georgian is the staff I got to know and the teachers. They were really nice and easy to get along with, and asking questions to wasn’t hard to do. Not only did I learn the necessary skill to work in an office I also learned skills for everyday life. Read more...

Beth Mawhiney

Beth Mawhiney

Beth has been a full-time faculty member in Liberal Arts at Georgian since 1997. She teaches General Arts and Science and Communications courses at the Barrie Campus, and a variety of courses at the Orangeville Campus. Read more...

Angel Aujla

Angela Aujla

Angela Aujla has been a full-time Liberal Arts professor since 2002. In this time, she has developed and taught a wide variety of courses in sociology, cultural studies and gender studies at both the diploma and degree level. Read more...

Clement Bamikole

Clement Bamikole

Clement holds a PhD in agricultural science. His passion for food security and safe environment for farming families led him to join two international research institutes in Africa while undertaking postgraduate studies. He later transferred his skills in agricultural research into agricultural finance by working in the banking industry helping small- and medium-sized enterprises. Read more...

Photo Credit Nuccia Morelli

Esther Griffin

Esther has been a Liberal Arts professor at Georgian College since 1999 and a dedicated faculty member of the General Arts and Science program since 2004. She teaches literature and creative writing. Read more...

Emily Brett

Emily Brett

Emily Brett teaches in the General Arts and Science program and in General Education at the Barrie Campus. She holds a master’s degree in socio-cultural anthropology. Read more...

Faculty member Emily Cramer with sunglasses on her head, posed outdoors in front of cedar trees.

Emily Cramer

Emily has been teaching at Georgian College since 2006 and prior to that, worked in publishing. She teaches Communications within the Liberal Arts area. She believes strongly that communication skills are the most transferable skills a person will develop, and that those skills are applicable well beyond academia. Read more...

Christine Pryce

Christine teaches courses including Communication Essentials, Technical Communication, Environmental Communication and Culture and Communication. Read more...

Renee Ferguson

Renée joined Georgian College in 2003, beginning her teaching career in the General Arts and Science program and general education. She continues to teach social sciences courses and is co-ordinator of the Community Integration through Co-operative Education (CICE) program. As an accessible education advocate, co-ordinating and teaching in CICE is a perfect fit for Renée. Read more...

Allie Webster, a first-year student in the Community Integration through Co-operative Education (CICE) program, speaks to the crowd gathered outdoors at the Cenotaph at the Barrie campus of Georgian College on April 2. The assembly was to raise the flag for World Autism Awareness Day. Other speakers included Renee Ferguson, CICE co-ordinator and Erin Nightingale, manager of the Barrie chapter of Autism Ontario. Webster, who is diagnosed with Asperger’s, part of the autism spectrum disorder scale, spoke of how she has grown as a person and come to accept herself, and appreciate what she can contribute.

Allie Webster used to fear that she would never fit in with the rest of her family. Diagnosed with Asperger’s, part of the autism spectrum disorder scale, Webster says her shyness and feeling of being different worried her considerably. Read more...

General Arts and Science - Class of 2016

General Arts and Science graduates celebrate at the June 2016 convocation. Their hard work and dedication has paid off as they move on to a variety of new destinations. Read more...

A group of EAP students stand with Growler, Georgian College's bear mascot

International students studying English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Level 4 had a growling good time at Grizzly Day this year. The class of 20 was challenged by their instructor to take part in a day full of athletics activities to learn more about the college and to connect with Canadian students and staff. Read more...

Smiling group of four international students wearing habitat for humanity t-shirts

Hard work paid off on Aug. 23 for English for Academic Purposes (EAP) students Alba Calero, Omar Zelah, Sebastian Aponte and ZiFeng (Daniel) Xu. They paddled as part of the Habitat for Humanity Dragon Boat team in Barrie, helping to raise more than $4,000 to support a home build. Read more...

As part of Orientation, the International Centre hosted a Community Connection Fair at the Barrie Campus. The fair was designed to provide new international postsecondary and EAP students with valuable information regarding community and college services. Read more...

Dan Kennedy, standing in front of a screen with the OSAP website displayed. A camera is pointed toward him.

a.k.a. Dan the GC man

You can find my tips and instructions on Facebook at facebook.com/lifehackswithdanthegcman. The goal is to help students transition into college by shining some light on the process. I overcame some personal hardship to get here and know how hard it can be to go to school. Read more...

Ken Choi, working with a fellow student at the Accessibility Centre at Georgian

Ken Choi is a second-year student in the Community Integration through Co-operative Education (CICE) program at Georgian’s Barrie Campus. In addition to the CICE core courses, which focus on essential employability skills, Ken has taken a number of courses in both computer and culinary studies. Read more...

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The English for Academic Purposes department congratulates Anastasia Kurmasheva, Yongil Lee, Yiqiong Zheng and Jae Young Lee, recipients of the Dean’s List Letters. The Dean’s List acknowledges students’ hard work and dedication. Read more...

Karley Hogarth

Like any first-year college student, Karley Hogarth was both nervous and scared about starting studies but she was also excited to have a chance to reinvent herself in a new environment. More than two years later, Hogarth says she is a new person. Read more...

A group of CICE program staff and students

In April 2013, the CICE program organized a Graduate Transition Fair to connect alumni to agencies and supports in the community that could assist them in their transition to the workplace. Read more...

A group of multicultural students gathered together.

Georgian's International Centre and English for Academic Purposes (EAP) office organized a successful Multicultural Day at the Barrie Campus as part of Diversity Week. Students from the EAP program, international ambassador program and various cultural clubs participated. Read more...

A group of people stand in front of a YMCA billboard.

As part of a community service learning partnership between Georgian and the YMCA, students from various programs interviewed donors of the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka, discovering personal journeys never before told. They recently unveiled the stories at an event held at the Barrie YMCA, and read their stories to celebrate the community members. Read more...

Andrea Kirk

Andrea Kirk

Office Assistant, Century 21

Program:

Community Integration through Co-operative Education (Office Administration)

Year:

2013


The thing I liked most about Georgian is the staff I got to know and the teachers. They were really nice and easy to get along with, and asking questions to wasn’t hard to do. Not only did I learn the necessary skill to work in an office I also learned skills for everyday life. Read more...

Karley Hogarth

Karley Hogarth

Student, Office Administration - General

Program:

Community Integration through Co-operative Education (Office Administration)

Year:

2013


I loved a lot of things about my time in college. I enjoyed going to class, gaining hands on experience, and making friends. The CICE program helped me develop the confidence I needed to get out there and apply for work after graduation. Read more...

Davina Liu, standing in front of the Georgian Grizzlies logo

Davina Liu

English for Academic Purposes graduate, Electrical Engineering Technology student

Program:

English for Academic Purposes

Year:

2015


A woman of many interests and talents, Davina has a degree in art and design from her native China. Before deciding to embark on a new adventure in Canada, she spent 10 years working as an architect and project manager, helping to renovate buildings for the Beijing Olympics. Read more...

GAAS alumna Sandrine Lawson

Sandrine Lawson

Program:

General Arts and Science

Year:

2014


Before entering the General Arts and Science program, I did not know what to expect. Now I realize coming to this program at Georgian was the best decision I ever made for my life. The teachers are incredibly knowledgeable, inspiring and always challenging you to become better as a person . . . Read more...

Yukiya Sasagawa - General Arts and Science Diploma Grad

Yukiya Sasagawa

Program:

General Arts and Science

Year:

2016


The comprehensive knowledge gained from General Arts and Science definitely helps you to be a person who thinks critically and multi-dimensionally. I really appreciated the amazingly helpful and knowledgeable professors and coordinators who helped me to study and enjoy every subject. Read more...

GAAS Alumni Larissa Vinals-2014-05-20

Larissa Vinals

Program:

General Arts and Science

Year:

2014


The General Arts and Science program has opened up many opportunities for further study. Taking advantage of the two-year program, I have achieved a diploma and, in one more year at Lakehead University, a Bachelor of Arts and Science degree. The program itself offers a variety of topics that are relevant and important for current global issues and societal concerns. Read more...

Alumnus David Hamilton

David Hamilton

Golf Course Greens Keeper, Lake St. George Golf Course and Resort Grounds Maintenance, Bayview Wildwood Resort

Program:

Community Integration through Co-operative Education (Hotel and Resort)

Year:

2013


At Lake St. Georgian Golf Course, my main job is to make sure the golf course looks good and is easy to play on. I keep the sandtraps raked with the SandPro machine, repair divots and collect and sort recyclables. At Bayview Wildwood Resort, I cut all the grass. Read more...

Alumna Amanda Fournier

Amanda Fournier

Consultant, Investors Group Financial Services

Program:

General Arts and Science (with honours)

Year:

2005


Like many teenagers, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to study after high school. After contacting Georgian, I realized General Arts and Science was my best option because it would allow me to learn a number of subjects. Read more...

Grant Collins

Grant Collins

Program:

General Arts and Science

Year:

2016


General Arts and Science has transformed me... Read more...

Alumnus Darrell Stoddart

Darrell Stoddart

Professor of Liberal Arts, Georgian College

Program:

General Arts and Science

Year:

2003


The General Arts and Science program allowed me to experience different social sciences. I was able to choose from a wide-array of general education courses to discover what my interests were as well as develop my beliefs and values through critical discourse. Read more...

Your success and the completion of your college program are important to us. The Communications Placement Assessment (CPA) is an assessment process developed to correctly place you in the appropriate courses.

Communications

The CPA is composed of two sections:

  1. Sentence skills
  2. Reading comprehension

To be placed into a college-level Communications course, you require a knowledge of basic grammar and sentence structure, and reading skills at a high school graduate level. To prepare for the assessment, you may want to review a basic grammar text.

View sample questions (pdf)

Math

There are two sections to the math assessment:

  1. Arithmetic
  2. Algebra

Calculators may be used during the assessment.

View sample questions (pdf)

FAQs

No, except when the assessment is necessary to meet admission requirements as a mature student applicant or by specific programs for selection purposes. If you are a mature student applicant, please notify your admissions representative as soon as you have completed the assessment.

Write the CPA at the Georgian College campus closest to you – Barrie, Midland, Muskoka, Orangeville, Orillia, Owen Sound or South Georgian Bay. If you live out of province, please make alternate arrangements through Testing Services at the campus you plan to attend. Visit the Testing Services pages to find out more.

Write the CPA as soon as you have been accepted and have decided to attend Georgian. If you choose not to write the CPA prior to your program’s registration, you will be required to register into the College Communications course.

Bring your Georgian College student ID number as well as photo ID.

Refer to the programs page to determine which assessments must be taken for specific programs or contact your admissions representative in the Office of the Registrar.
There is a fee included in your tuition-ancillary fees unless the assessment is for selection or admission purposes. The fee would then be required prior to your assessment. (The fee is $30 for Communications and $30 for Math).

We can make numerous accommodations for persons with disabilities. Please call the Barrie Campus Centre for Access and Disability Services at 705.728.1968 ext. 1523 or the campus closest to you.

On average it takes one to one-and-a-half hours to complete. The assessments are not timed and individuals may take as long as they need. The time taken to write the assessments bears no relation to how well an individual does on them.

Yes. We will accept scores from other institutions as long as the score is an official record, is recent, and the assessments are the same ones as we use. Please contact Georgian’s Testing Services at 705.728.1968, ext. 1235, for more information.

Yes, but you will be required to register in the College Communications course unless you have applied for and been given an exemption for College Communications based on an equivalent course from another postsecondary institution.

Yes, you have the option to rewrite the CPA once. Please contact the Georgian College campus of your choice to make arrangements. Also, please be aware that there is a $30 fee for rewriting the CPA. You must complete the assessments prior to registering.

Preparing you for life and work.

  • Arts in Society
  • Civic Life
  • Social and Cultural Understanding
  • Personal Understanding
  • Science and Technology

If you have questions that are not answered here, please don’t hesitate to call us at 705.728.1968, ext. 1621 or email Christine Hess. We’re here to help you!

Students enrol in Georgian College programs to fulfil specific vocational goals. The college, for its part, recognizes the importance of job-specific education by providing both an academic and, in most programs, an on-the-job experiential component. The academic component is divided into vocationally specific courses, Communications courses and General Education courses. Communications and General Education courses, grouped under the heading Liberal Arts, help students achieve a number of different goals. Specifically, these Communications and General Education courses:

  1. Complement the vocational courses by helping students develop competencies in writing, reading, research and critical thinking
  2. Create a context for students’ vocational goals by helping them understand their roles in the broader world as knowledgeable and responsible members of society
  3. Develop skills necessary to continue learning in an increasingly complex, interdependent world

In addition, the General Education program offers students a wide range of course choices in a number of different disciplines along with the opportunity to meet and collaborate with students with a variety of vocational interests. Georgian’s General Education program contains an array of elective courses that fall into three major categories:

  • Arts and humanities
  • Social science
  • Science and technology

General Education requirements vary by program. To find out how many General Education courses you need to take, consult your program area. You can also review the academic policy for General Education.

If you have previous learning experience and want to have that experience assessed for credit, you have at least two options:

  1. You can request an exemption based on a postsecondary course you have taken by matching the learning outcomes with those of a Georgian College course
  2. You can apply for PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition) if you can demonstrate that you have acquired equivalent learning through life and/or work experience

For more information about exemptions and PLAR, visit our Credit Transfer Centre.

Course listings are available for the upcoming semester only and are available only for courses offered at the Barrie Campus (see list of PDFs below). Please contact other campuses for their current offerings.

General Education course offerings vary from term-to-term. You will be able to choose your General Education course from a range of subject areas including social sciences, humanities, arts and literature, and science and technology. While General Education is designed to offer you a breadth of content areas, your program may recommend that you take certain courses because they are closely related to the vocational objectives of the program. Consult your program information literature or ask your program co-ordinator for advice. In YEAR 1 of your program, your choices during registration may include:

  • 20th Century Canada
  • Contemporary Ethical Issues
  • Developing Leadership
  • Environmental Concerns
  • Health and Safety in the Workplace
  • Human Behaviour in the Workplace
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Personal Finance
  • Social Impact of Technology

After YEAR 1, you will choose your courses based on a selection of upper level General Education courses.


Part-time Studies

Some General Education courses are offered in the evening through Part-time Studies. These courses can be credited toward the General Education requirements for most Georgian College postsecondary certificate and diploma programs. Registration for all part-time courses for all semesters begins around mid-July. A listing of the courses offered through Part-time Studies can be accessed through the Part-time Studies Guide.

Barrie Campus

Georgian College Room B228, Founders Building, One Georgian Dr. Barrie, ON L4M 3X9 Canada Fax: 705.722.5145
Terry Heittola, Co-ordinator 705.728.1968, ext. 1619 terry.heittola@georgiancollege.ca
Christine Hess, Program Assistant 705.728.1968, ext. 1621 christine.hess@georgiancollege.ca

Orillia Campus

Steve McDonald: 705.325.2740, ext. 3088 steve.mcdonald@georgiancollege.ca

Owen Sound Campus

Steve Miller: 519.376.0840, ext. 2318  steve.miller@georgiancollege.ca

Georgian’s Communications courses are designed to help students:

  • Be successful in college and in the workplace
  • Understand how to convey information effectively

At Georgian, you will complete your Communications course requirements in semesters 1 and 2, as listed in your program outline.

Which Communications course is right for you?

Prior learning

If you have previous learning experience and want to have that experience assessed for credit, you have at least two options:

  1. You can request an exemption based on a postsecondary course you have taken by matching the learning outcomes with those of a Georgian College course
  2. You can apply for PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition) if you can demonstrate that you have acquired equivalent learning through life and/or work experience

For more information about exemptions and PLAR, visit our Credit Transfer Centre.

Course delivery

Communications courses are delivered in different formats indicated at registration:

  • classroom
  • online
  • blended – online and classroom

Contact us

Barrie
Andrea Lovering, Communications Co-ordinator
705.728.1968, ext. 1660
andrea.lovering@georgiancollege.ca

Diane Decunha, Program Assistant
705.728.1968, ext. 1993
diane.decunha@georgiancollege.ca
 

Orillia
Tracy Mitchell-Ashley
705.325.2740, ext. 3093
tracy.mitchell-ashley@georgiancollege.ca

Owen Sound
Jesse Wilkinson
519.376.0840, ext. 2187
jesse.wilkinson@georgiancollege.ca

Communications courses

COMM1016 Communication Essentials 42.0 hours

This course promotes effective communication skills essential for academic and professional success. Visual analysis and presentation strategies are employed to emphasize the importance of adapting communication to the intended audience. Compose clear and concise messages through researching, writing and presenting to ensure effective communication. You are expected to work both independently and collaboratively to achieve the course outcomes.

COMM1017 Work Environment Communication 42.0 hours

In the workplace, employers require high standards of communication skills and sensitivity to diverse audiences. In this course, develop your skills by composing workplace messages, incorporating technology and considering the environment. Individually and collaboratively, develop and deliver workplace messages through writing and presenting. 

COMM1019 Virtual Communication 42.0 hours

Virtual Communication is an ever-developing concept that impacts your future communication decisions and abilities. Communicate professionally with your peers as you investigate issues and influences in your online life. You will utilize research, critical thinking and reading, and effective use of technology to expand your knowledge; this will culminate in your own contribution to the digital environment.

COMM1020Technical Communication 42.0 hours

Technical communication skills are required in service, technical, and business environments. Develop researching, planning, designing, and writing skills to prepare documents. Individually and collaboratively, learn and apply information structures to produce documents such as descriptions, instructions, and manuals.

COMM1021 Dynamic Presentations 42.0 hours

Develop the ability to design and deliver audience specific messages using media. Individually and collaboratively, deliver presentations for use in academic, professional, and social settings. Self and peer critiques provide opportunities for reflection and enhanced presentation skills.

COMM1022 The Visual World 42.0 hours

The way messages are viewed and disseminated has changed through technological advances. Develop theoretical and practical communication skills by investigating the power of visual imagery. Focus on interpreting, analyzing, and critiquing a broad range of visuals in terms of intention and effectiveness.

COMM1023 Culture & Communications 42.0 hours

Examine theories and topics in intercultural communication, such as self-concept, perception, language, and culture, to develop the necessary skills to communicate effectively in the global village, a diverse and complex place. An understanding of this diversity and knowing how to communicate effectively in it is critical to success both in and out of the workplace.

COMM1014 Media Communication 42.0 hours

Learn how media are used to raise awareness of, and generate approval for, an organization’s mission, policies and actions. Relevant textual, audio and visual messages are composed to inform or appeal to an audience, using traditional and emerging media. Individually and in groups, produce messages and articles, as well as conduct announcements and interviews intended to capture media coverage, and generate a positive audience response.

COMM1015 Proposal Writing 42.0 hours

Proposal writing is a process including strategic planning, an awareness of long-term organizational development and targeted outcomes. Conduct research to meet project and funding objectives. Additionally, demonstrate effective planning and research to evaluate a range of funding opportunities. Developing and maintaining relationships with stakeholders and potential funders is addressed, as is the presentation of information in written and oral formats.

For inquiries please contact Mary Jagert at (705) 728-1968 x 1814 or

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