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Ontario College Diploma | 4 semesters | Barrydowne

This two year diploma program is designed allows students to allow students both flexibility and the ability to explore various areas within liberal arts including psychology, sociology, anthropology, and indigenous studies.  Students will develop advanced research and critical thinking skills courses throughout the program.  They will be able to take several electives throughout the program in an area of their choosing, depending on course availability.  Students will work with an Educational Planner to determine which elective courses they are eligible to take.

Program Highlights

  • 2 years – 4 semesters

  • Access the services of our Student Success Advisor

  • Gain an overview of several areas within liberal arts including psychology, sociology, anthropology, and indigenous studies

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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)



This program will be delivered in the following terms:

Fall Term Start

  1. SEMESTER 1 Fall 2021
  2. SEMESTER 2 Winter 2022
  3. SEMESTER 3 Fall 2022
  4. SEMESTER 4 Winter 2023

Winter Term Start

Depending on course availability

  1. SEMESTER 1 Winter 2022
  2. SEMESTER 2 Spring 2022
  3. SEMESTER 3 Fall 2022
  4. SEMESTER 4 Winter 2023


  1. SEMESTER 1 Winter 2022
  2. SEMESTER 2 Fall 2022
  3. SEMESTER 3 Winter 2023
  4. SEMESTER 4 Fall 2023

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

Program of Study for 2021-22 Academic Year

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
ENG 1002 College Communications 3
POL 1500 Canadian Political Studies 3
PSY 1050 Introduction To Psychology I 3
SSC 1002 Thinking, Reasoning, Relating 3
One of the following MATH courses. 3
Math I  
Algebra I  
Pre Health Math I  
Essentials of Mathematics  
Mathematics for Trades & Tech. I  
One Elective Course. 3
Semester 2
ENG 3201 Academic Research and Writing 3
SOC 1010 Cross-Cultural Understanding 3
POL 2000 Modern Civilizations 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
ENG 3335 Advanced Research Writing 3
SOC 1301 Introduction to Sociology II 3
IND 1003 Introduction to Indigenous Studies 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
Truth and Reconciliation  
Indigenous Arts and Film  
Indigenous Culture/Celebration  
Three Elective Courses. 9
One General Education Course 3
 Total Credits87


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 diploma at Cambrian College:

  • The skills obtained in a General Arts and Science diploma reflect the employability skills for which employers often ask.
  • You are provided with opportunities to develop college and university success skills before you apply for a specific program. Some of these skills include:
    • Critical thinking
    • Problem solving
    • Communication
    • Research and academic writing

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.

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