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Explore your passion for humanities and social sciences

General Arts and Science – Liberal Studies Foundation Ontario College Certificate program

Get a taste of college studies. Sharpen your thinking and analytical skills. Use this as a first step to further your education.

Program code GASF
Duration 1 Year
Credential Ontario College Certificate
Program Delivery Full-time +
Program delivery method(s) Hybrid What does this mean?

Program information

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.

Intake information

Start dateCampus
Fall 2024 Barrie
Winter 2025 Barrie

Tuition and fees

What are the admission requirements for the General Arts and Science – Liberal Studies Foundation program?

General Arts and Science – Liberal Studies Foundation 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 for Prior Learning website for details:

What career paths can I take as a graduate of this program?

Your General Arts and Science – Liberal Studies Foundation certificate gives you many 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.

Why study General Arts and Science – Liberal Studies Foundation 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.

What courses are included in the General Arts and Science – Liberal Studies Foundation certificate program?

Course overview

8 Program Courses
1 Communications Course
2 Program Option or General Education Courses 
1 General Education Course

Program-specific courses

Semester 1 courses are listed below. For a full list of courses in the program including course descriptions, view the General Arts and Science – Liberal Studies Foundation program outline.

  • HUMN 1006 – Exploring Literature
  • HUMN 1017 – Critical Thinking Foundations
  • PSYL 1022 – Psychology 1
  • SOCL 1003 – Sociology 1
  • Select 1 course from the communications list during registration.
  • Select 1 course from the general education list during registration or contact the program co-ordinator about option courses.

Your course delivery method(s)


This program has a hybrid delivery method. Some parts are online and other parts are delivered in person. You’ll need to come to campus for part of your program.

Please note, delivery methods are based on planning for the upcoming semester and are subject to change.

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