General Arts and Science - One Year
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
Winter 2020 Barrie

Program description

This program offers the student an introduction to college studies, with emphasis on critical thinking and analytical skills developed while studying courses in the Social Sciences and Humanities. Many students use the General Arts and Science program as a transition to further studies at either the college or university level. Students can also choose to continue from the one-year certificate to the two-year diploma in General Arts and Science.

If you're interested in starting this program in Fall 2020, please visit the General Arts and Science - Liberal Studies Foundation program page.

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

While most students choose General Arts and Science as a pathway to further studies, some graduates of the program find employment in occupations requiring a general education or with firms 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 1000 - Critical Thinking
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • HUMN 1006 - Exploring Literature
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • PSYL 1001 - Introduction To Psychology
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • SOCL 1000 - Introduction to Sociology
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • Program Option Course - Select 1 course from the available list during registration. Contact the Program Co-ordinator for further details.
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • HUMN 1001 - Critical Thinking in Practice
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • PSYL 1002 - Introduction to Psychology 2
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • SOCL 1001 - Introduction to Sociology 2
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • Humanities/Math Course - Select 1 course from the available list during registration.
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • Program Option Course - Select 1 course from the available list during registration. Contact the Program Co-ordinator for further details.
    (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)