General Arts And Science - Liberal Studies

Program: GASL
Credential: Ontario College Diploma
Delivery: Full-time
Length: 4 semesters
Duration: 2 years
Effective: Fall 2020, Winter 2021
Location: Barrie

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.

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.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. reflect on knowledge gained in a wide range of Liberal Studies subjects, and their impact on both self and society;
  2. communicate both orally and in written form at a level required for entry level employment, and further studies; 
  3. apply critical-thinking processes and problem-solving techniques to a variety of issues affecting society;
  4. use experiential methods to examine various aspects of society in relation to personal and social responsibility and citizenship;
  5. assess the validity of material and arguments presented in a variety of Liberal Studies disciplines to improve academic research skills;
  6. develop strategies to communicate effectively with people from other cultures;
  7. work as an effective member of a team to achieve personal and group goals;
  8. assess the effect of personal decisions and actions on the environment;
  9. employ entrepreneurial strategies to identify and respond to new opportunities;
  10. analyze the impact of colonization on Indigenous cultures and communities.

Program Progression

The following reflects the planned progression for full-time offerings of the program.

Fall Intake

  • Sem 1: Fall 2020
  • Sem 2: Winter 2021
  • Sem 3: Fall 2021
  • Sem 4: Winter 2022


Winter Intake

  • Sem 1: Winter 2021
  • Sem 2: Summer 2021
  • Sem 3: Fall 2021
  • Sem 4: Winter 2022

Articulation

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 http://www.georgiancollege.ca/admissions/credit-transfer/

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: www.georgiancollege.ca/admissions/policies-procedures/

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:
www.georgiancollege.ca/admissions/credit-transfer/

Graduation Requirements

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

Program Tracking

The following reflects the planned course sequence for full-time offerings of the Fall intake of the program. Where more  than one intake is offered  contact the program co-ordinator for the program tracking.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Hours
Program Courses  
HUMN 1006 Exploring Literature 42
HUMN 1017 Critical Thinking Foundations 42
PSYL 1022 Psychology 1 42
SOCL 1003 Sociology 1 42
Communications Course  
Select 1 course from the communications list during registration. 42
Program Option or General Education Course  
Select 1 course from the general education list during registration or contact the program co-ordinator about option courses. 42
 Hours252
Semester 2
Program Courses  
HUMN 1001 Critical Thinking in Practice 42
HUMN 1015 Interpreting Literature 42
PSYL 1023 Psychology 2 42
SOCL 1004 Sociology 2 42
Communications Course  
Select 1 course from the communications list during registration. 42
Program Option of General Education Course  
Select 1 course from the general education list during registration or contact the program co-ordinator about option courses. 42
 Hours252
Semester 3
Program Courses  
HUMN 2000 Canadian Literature 42
POLS 1000 Politics in Canada 42
SCIE 2000 Science Concepts 42
SOCL 2000 Race and Ethnicity 42
General Education Course  
Select 2 courses from the general education list during registration. 84
 Hours252
Semester 4
Program Courses  
HUMN 2007 Sociocultural Anthropology 42
POLS 1001 Global Politics 42
PSYL 2003 Developmental Psychology 42
REAS 2000 Senior Research Seminar 42
General Education Course  
Select 2 courses from the general education list during registration. 84
 Hours252
 Total Hours1008

Students may be able to select their Communications, General Education, and Program Option courses in a different sequence than shown above. Contact the Program Co-ordinator for further details.

Graduation Window

Students unable to adhere to the program duration of two years (as stated above) may take a maximum of four years to complete their credential. After this time, students must be re-admitted into the program, and follow the curriculum in place at the time of re-admission.

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.  

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