General Arts And Science - Liberal Studies Foundation
Get a taste of college studies. Sharpen your thinking and analytical skills. Use this as a first step to further your education.

General information

Program code
2 Semesters (1 Year)
Ontario College Certificate
Academic area

Intake information

Start date Campus
Fall 2021 Barrie
Winter 2022 Barrie

Program description

In this pathway program, students are introduced to the humanities and social sciences while building essential skills for employment. With an emphasis on critical thinking and analytical skills, students develop the academic skills and abilities to continue their studies at the college or university level. While in the program, students gain skills and confidence, learn how to thrive in a post-secondary environment, and make informed decisions about their career path.

Why pursue a General Arts and Science Certificate at Georgian?

Liberal arts education

Explore the humanities and social sciences through introductory courses in literature, psychology, sociology, and critical thinking. Small classes provide you with opportunities for meaningful interaction with dedicated faculty who emphasize reading, academic writing, analysis and discussion.

Strategies for success

Develop solid communication, teamwork, critical thinking, problem solving and personal management skills. Build confidence and learn to prioritize, meet deadlines and work independently.


Upon graduation, apply to one of Georgian's many programs with credits transferred, continue into the second year of the General Arts and Science diploma program or apply directly to university programs. There are so many possibilities.

Career opportunities

Upon graduation, students are eligible to pursue university studies in their chosen fields or transition into another college program, with significant college-to-college credit transfer. Students can also choose to continue from the one-year certificate to the two-year diploma in General Arts and Science. Graduates of the program may find employment in occupations requiring a liberal studies education or with organizations that prefer to administer their own training program.

Admission information

Admission requirements

OSSD or equivalent with

  • Grade 12 English (C or U)

Mature students, non-secondary school applicants (19 years or older), and home school applicants may also be considered for admission. Eligibility may be met by applicants who have taken equivalent courses, upgrading, completed their GED, and equivalency testing. For complete details refer to:


Applicants who have taken courses from a recognized and accredited post-secondary institution and/or have relevant life/learning experience may also be considered for admission; refer to the Credit Transfer Centre website for details:


Program-specific Courses

  • HUMN 1006 - Exploring Literature
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • HUMN 1017 - Critical Thinking Foundations
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • PSYL 1022 - Psychology 1
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • SOCL 1003 - Sociology 1
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • Select 1 course from the general education list during registration or contact the program co-ordinator about option courses.
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • HUMN 1001 - Critical Thinking in Practice
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • HUMN 1015 - Interpreting Literature
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • PSYL 1023 - Psychology 2
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • SOCL 1004 - Sociology 2
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • Select 1 course from the general education list during registration or contact the program co-ordinator about option courses.
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)

Communications courses

  • Select 1 course from the communications list during registration.
    (Semester 1)

General education courses

  • Select 1 course from the general education list during registration.
    (Semester 2)