General Arts and Science

Program: GAAS
Credential: Ontario College Diploma
Delivery: Full-time
Length: 4 Semesters
Duration: 2 Years
Effective: Fall 2017, Winter 2018
Location: Barrie


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.

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. The diploma from this program is recognized by several Ontario universities. Effort is made to provide courses that give students optimum transfer credits to other college and university programs.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • examine theories, concepts, and applications through the study of a wide range of subjects in the Humanities and Social Sciences to broaden knowledge;
  • communicate with flexibility and clarity at a competency required by business, industry, and academics;
  • apply critical-thinking processes and problem-solving techniques to a variety of issues affecting society;
  • examine various aspects of society in relation to personal and social responsibility and citizenship;
  • assess the validity of material and arguments presented in a variety of disciplines to improve academic research skills;
  • develop strategies to communicate effectively with people from other cultures;
  • work as an effective member of a team to achieve personal and group goals;
  • assess the effect of personal decisions and actions on the environment;
  • employ entrepreneurial strategies to identify and respond to new opportunities.

The Program Progression

Fall Intake

  • Sem 1: Fall 2017
  • Sem 2: Winter 2018
  • Sem 3: Fall 2018
  • Sem 4: Winter 2019

Winter Intake

  • Sem 1: Winter 2018
  • Sem 2: Summer 2018
  • Sem 3: Fall 2018
  • Sem 4: Winter 2019


A number of articulation agreements have been negotiated with universities and other institutions across Canada, North America and internationally. These agreements are assessed, revised and updated on a regular basis. Please contact the program co-ordinator for specific details if you are interested in pursuing such an option. Additional information can be found on our website at

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:

Graduation Requirements

16 Mandatory Courses
1 Humanities/Math Course
2 Communications Courses
2 Optional Courses 
3 General Education Courses

Graduation Eligibility

To graduate from this program, the passing weighted average for promotion through each semester, from year to year, and to graduate is 60%. Additionally, a student must attain a minimum of 50% or a letter grade of P (Pass) or S (Satisfactory) in each course in each semester unless otherwise stated on the course outline.


Mandatory Courses
HUMN 1000Critical Thinking
HUMN 1001Critical Thinking in Practice
HUMN 1006Exploring Literature
HUMN 2000Canadian Literature
HUMN 2005Philosophy
POLS 1000Politics in Canada
POLS 1001Global Politics
PSYL 1001Introduction To Psychology
PSYL 1002Introduction to Psychology 2
PSYL 2000Industrial Psychology
PSYL 2001Industrial and Consumer Psychology
REAS 2000Senior Research Seminar
SCIE 2000Science Concepts
SOCL 1000Introduction to Sociology
SOCL 1001Introduction to Sociology 2
SOCL 2000Race and Ethnicity
Humanities/Math Course (determined by student interest)
HUMN 1015Interpreting Literature
MATH 1005Math for Life Sciences (OR MATH 1030 Math for Health and Sciences 1)
Communications Courses
Select 2 courses from the communications list during registration.
General Education Courses
Select 3 courses from the general education list during registration.
Optional Courses
Select 2 courses from the available list during registration. Contact the program co-ordinator for further details.

Information contained in College documents respecting programs is correct at the time of publication. Academic content of programs and courses is revised on an ongoing basis to ensure relevance to changing educational objectives and employment market needs. The college reserves the right to add or delete programs, options, courses, timetables or campus locations subject to sufficient enrolment, and the availability of courses.