Ontario College Diploma | 4 semesters | Barrydowne Campus

The General Arts and Science Diploma - Liberal Arts Stream includes four semesters (two years of full-time study) designed to introduce students to core subjects within the Liberal Arts. Subject areas include Indigenous Studies, Psychology, Sociology, and Anthropology.
The program is also designed to support students as they develop critical literacies, digital literacies, and academic research and writing skills. Learners work with an Educational Planner to select several Elective and General Education course options to further develop their knowledge, skills, and interests in support of individual academic and career goals.
Students can study part-time or full-time. A variety of delivery modes are available.

Program Highlights

  • 2 years – 4 semesters

  • Flexible options to study part-time, take a reduced course load, or opt for a course overload (additional fees may apply)

  • Access the services of our Educational Planner, Student Success Advisor, and Program Coordinator

  • Benefit from a variety of delivery modes

  • Engage in Service Learning experiences

Quick Links

How to Apply

General Studies

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)

Missing an Admission Requirement?  We can help! APPLY NOW!
Visit https://www.cambriancollege.ca/upgrading/ for more information about our FREE Academic Upgrading Program.1


1 Please note Academic Upgrading is only available for domestic students.

Program Delivery


This program will be delivered in the following terms:

Winter Term Start

Depending on course availability

  1. SEMESTER 1 Winter 2024
  2. SEMESTER 2 Spring 2024
  3. SEMESTER 3 Fall 2024
  4. SEMESTER 4 Winter 2025


  1. SEMESTER 1 Winter 2024
  2. SEMESTER 2 Fall 2024
  3. SEMESTER 3 Winter 2025
  4. SEMESTER 4 Fall 2025


This program will be delivered in the following terms:

Fall Term Start

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

Winter Term Start

Depending on course availability

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


  1. SEMESTER 1 Winter 2025
  2. SEMESTER 2 Fall 2025
  3. SEMESTER 3 Winter 2026
  4. SEMESTER 4 Fall 2026

For specific term start/end dates and other key dates/deadlines, please see the Academic Schedule on our website.

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


Tuition and Ancillary Fees

Please see our fees page for the breakdown of tuition and mandatory ancillary fees by program and semester for both domestic and international students.

Books & Supplies

The cost of books and supplies for this program depends on course selection. This is the best information available at the time of publishing to the website and is subject to change.

Graduate Options

Employment and Academic 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 curricula that is holistic while also offering opportunities to personalize based on individual and professional interests

College/University Degree Opportunities

Graduates from this program may continue their studies at college/university and may receive credit for their prior College education.

Refer to College/University Agreements for further information.

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.