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Gain valuable skills to prepare for your career or future studies

General Arts and Science – Liberal Studies Ontario College Diploma program

Sharpen your skills. Build a solid foundation. Be prepared to start your career or continue your studies.

Program code GASL
Duration 2 years
Credential Ontario College Diploma
Program Delivery Full-time +
Program delivery method(s) Hybrid What does this mean?

Program information

Program description

In this liberal studies program, students explore subjects within the humanities and social sciences. Students deepen their critical thinking and analytical skills while widening their worldview. The program opens doors and builds pathways to further studies at either the college or university level. Upon completing the two-year diploma, students are eligible for university articulation agreements that offer excellent credit transfer. With a liberal studies education, students gain confidence in their academic skills and abilities, while developing essential skills for employment.

Intake information

Start dateCampus
Winter 2024 Barrie
Fall 2024 Barrie

Tuition and fees

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

General Arts and Science – Liberal Studies 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 diploma gives you many 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 liberal studies education or with organizations that prefer to administer their own training program. The diploma from this program is recognized by several Ontario universities. Program courses provide students optimum transfer credits to other college and university programs.

Why study General Arts and Science – Liberal Studies at Georgian?

Liberal arts education

Delve further into the humanities and social sciences through courses in sociology, psychology, philosophy, literature and political science. Expand your critical thinking skills and become a well-rounded, creative citizen, ready to meet the needs of employers in an ever-changing, global workplace.

Strategies for success

Gain essential employability skills, including communication, leadership and professional decision making, as well as the ability to prioritize, meet deadlines and work independently.

University pathways

With more emphasis on reading, academic writing, analysis and discussion in the second year, our graduates are ready for more. Take advantage of Georgian’s articulation agreements by pursuing university in fields such as psychology, sociology, literature, political science and more.

If you’re looking for our one-year program, please visit the General Arts and Science- Liberal Studies Foundation certificate program page. 

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

Course overview

16 Program Courses
2 Communications Courses
2 Program Option or General Education Courses 
4 General Education Courses

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 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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