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

General information

Program code
4 Semesters (2 Years)
Ontario College Diploma
Academic area

Intake information

Start date Campus
Fall 2018 Barrie
Winter 2019 Barrie

Program description

This program offers students a curriculum with emphasis on the Humanities and Social Sciences. Many students use the General Arts and Science program as a transition to further studies in higher education at either the college or university level. Students are encouraged to meet with the program co-ordinator regarding course selection and optional credits, depending on individual goals.

Why pursue a General Arts and Science diploma 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.

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, 2 yr articulations on the Credit Transfer Centre page.


Mandatory Courses

  • PSYL1001 Introduction To Psychology
  • HUMN1000 Critical Thinking
  • PSYL1002 Introduction to Psychology 2
  • HUMN2000 Canadian Literature
  • PSYL2000 Industrial Psychology
  • REAS2000 Senior Research Seminar
  • PSYL2001 Industrial and Consumer Psychology
  • SOCL1000 Introduction to Sociology
  • SOCL1001 Introduction to Sociology 2
  • HUMN1006 Exploring Literature
  • HUMN2005 Philosophy
  • SCIE2000 Science Concepts
  • HUMN1001 Critical Thinking in Practice
  • POLS1000 Politics in Canada
  • POLS1001 Global Politics
  • SOCL2000 Race and Ethnicity

Humanities/Math Course (offering determined by student interest)

To be selected from College list

Communications Courses

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

General Education Courses

To be selected from College list

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

To be selected from College list