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
Fall 2018 Barrie
Winter 2019 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.

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.

Admission information

Admission requirements

OSSD or equivalent with

  • Grade 12 English (C or U)

Admission details

You must meet ONE of the following requirements to be eligible for admission to these programs:

Secondary school applicants:

  • OSS curriculum: OSSD or equivalent, with Grade 12 English (C) or (U) (ENG4C, ENG4U)

Non-Secondary school applicants (19 years or older):

  • Any credit Communication course taken at Georgian College
  • Equivalent courses in English taken through secondary school or Independent Learning Centres (at the general, advanced, college or university level)
  • Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE) program with communications
  • Mature student testing in English that meets the minimum standards for admission (available through most testing services)*
  • Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED)
  • English, Literature or Communication credit courses from accredited colleges/universities

Home school applicants:

  • Applicants can write the mature student testing in English that meets the minimum standards for admission (available through testing services)*

* available from Georgian College. For a complete listing please contact the Office of the Registrar.


View the General Arts & Science, 1 yr articulations on the Credit Transfer Centre page.


Mandatory Courses

  • HUMN1006 Exploring Literature
  • PSYL1002 Introduction to Psychology 2
  • SOCL1001 Introduction to Sociology 2
  • HUMN1000 Critical Thinking
  • PSYL1001 Introduction To Psychology
  • SOCL1000 Introduction to Sociology
  • HUMN1001 Critical Thinking in Practice

Humanities/Math Course (offering determined by student interest)

To be selected from College list

Communications Course

To be selected at time of registration from the College list, as determined by testing.

Optional Courses (to be approved by program co-ordinator)

    General Education Course

    To be selected from College list