Explore the liberal arts at your own pace  

Designed to introduce you to core subjects within the liberal arts, this program allows you to explore where your talents and passions lie. You’ll gain a background in areas like Indigenous studies, psychology, sociology, and anthropology. You’ll develop critical and digital literacies, as well as academic research and writing skills.  
Working with an educational planner, you’ll customize your education with elective and General Education courses while enjoying multiple delivery modes. Throughout the program, you’ll learn from a variety of professors and explore potential career paths in law and justice, community services, humanities, the arts, business, technology, skilled trades, engineering and much more.  

Program highlights

  • The only admission requirement is Ontario Secondary School Diploma, including any grade 12 English (C) or (U) 
  • Five elective options allow you to select courses that match your career interests and educational goals 
  • Flexible options to study part-time, take a reduced course load, or take a course overload  
  • Explore academic and career options while earning college credits  
  • Broad examination of liberal arts to explore future career paths  

Program of study for 2024-25 Academic Year 

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
ENG 1002 College Communications 3
IND 1003 Introduction to Indigenous Studies 3
POL 1500 Canadian Political Studies 3
PSY 1050 Introduction To Psychology I 3
SSC 1002 Thinking, Reasoning, Relating 3
GAS 1001 Service Learning Experience 3
MTH 1126 Essentials of Mathematics 4
Semester 2
SOC 1010 Cross-Cultural Understanding 3
ENG 1176 Academic Research and Writing 3
POL 2000 Global Issues (Global Issues) 3
PSY 1060 Introductory Psychology II 3
SOC 1000 Introduction To Sociology 3
SSC 1205 Modes of Reasoning 3
One General Education Course 3
Semester 3
SOC 1301 Introduction to Sociology II 3
ENG 1177 Advanced Research Writing 3
PSY 1125 Positive Psychology 3
One of the following courses. 3
Issues in Developmental Psychology
Child Growth and Development
Family Dynamics
Two Elective Courses. 6
One General Education Course 3
Semester 4
ENG 3446 World Literature 3
ANT 1002 Diversity and Inclusion 3
ANT 1004 World Religions & Spirituality 3
One of the following Indigenous Studies courses. 3
Culture, Tradition and Heritage
Culture, Tradition & Heritage II
Intro to Powwow Culture
Taking Care of Shkagamik-Kwe
Indigenous Business and Economics
Truth and Reconciliation
Indigenous Arts and Film
Indigenous Peoples Today (Indigenous Peoples Today)
Indigenous Perspectives on Care
Wellness and the Good Life
Wellness and the Good Life II
Three Elective Courses. 9
One General Education Course 3
 Total Credits88

Admission requirements

For graduates of the new curriculum (OSS): Ontario Secondary School Diploma (30 credits) or equivalent or mature student status, including:

  • Any grade 12 English (C) or (U)

Program delivery


Fall term start

SEMESTER 1: Fall 2024
SEMESTER 2: Winter 2025
SEMESTER 3: Fall 2025
SEMESTER 4: Winter 2026

Winter term start

SEMESTER 1: Winter 2025
SEMESTER 2: Spring 2025
SEMESTER 3: Fall 2025
SEMESTER 4: Winter 2026


SEMESTER 1: Winter 2025
SEMESTER 2: Fall2025
SEMESTER 3: Winter 2026
SEMESTER 4: Fall 2026


Employment opportunities

There are a number of benefits to obtaining a General Arts and Science diploma at Cambrian College. 

  • Gain confidence, develop success strategies, and explore future program options while earning your Diploma
  • Build and showcase highly sought-after employability skills
  • Experience a robust curriculum that is holistic while also offering opportunities to personalize based on individual and professional interests

Please note: Cambrian College strives to ensure the accuracy of the information on this website. Please note that the academic curriculum is continually reviewed and revised to ensure that Cambrian's programs and courses remain relevant. The College reserves the right to cancel or make changes to any course or program, fee, procedure, or campus location at any time.