The General Arts and Science two-year diploma (four semesters) at George Brown College is designed for students who prefer a post-secondary education in the liberal arts and sciences to specializing in a professional area. The program includes a wide range of subjects within the Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences, and Science and Technology. It emphasizes advanced skills in research and writing, oral communications and critical thinking, providing excellent preparation for work, as well as for further vocational and university studies.
Students acquire knowledge and explore ideas in a wide range of disciplines to meet individual needs and interests. They may concentrate their elective choices within a specialized area of study.
Curriculum review and development is ongoing, and changes may apply. Check the online calendar for updates.
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Part Time Study Options
George Brown also offers a variety of evening courses in Arts and Humanities, Science, the Social Sciences and Mathematics. See the Continuing Education Course Guide at coned.georgebrown.ca
COMM1007 College English
COMM1111 Critical Thinking: A Reasoning Experience
GSCI1024 Environmental Science
SSCI1011 Learning and the Brain
COMP1082 Computer Skills and Applications
COMM1106 Introduction to Research
COMM2014 Rhyme and Reasoning
GSSC1055 Fundamental Themes in Geography
STS1035 Exploring Career Options
MATH ELECTIVE (ONE REQUIRED)
GSSC1027 Personal Finance
STAT1014 Quantitative Methods I for GAS
SCIENCE ELECTIVE (ONE REQUIRED)
GSCI1065 Human Biology
GSCI1146 Plants and Society
CHEM1016 Chemistry Theory
GHUM1026 Introduction to Canadian Literature
HUMN1029 Introduction to Philosophy I
HUMN1032 Foundations of Canadian Culture
SSCI1012 Introduction to Psychology I
SSCI1013 Introduction to Sociology I
Liberal Studies Elective (one course)
HUMN1030 Introduction to Philosophy II
HUMN1031 Canadian Studies
HUMN1033 Critical Approaches to Literature
SSCI1015 Introduction to Psychology II
SSCI1014 Introduction to Sociology II
Liberal Studies Elective (one course)
Many students complete the two-year certificate program and continue on to other college and university programs with advanced standing if they meet the grade point average (GPA) and admission standards required by those programs. Our curriculum helps students to develop the academic background, skills and discipline required to succeed in those programs.
Many others prefer to enter the world of work directly from the program. Our society recognizes the value of an education in the liberal arts and sciences in the workplace. Our program helps students to develop the advanced communication and critical thinking skills required for the world of work, particularly for careers that encourage on-the-job professional development.
Future Study Options
Vocation-specific college studies: Students who meet the GPA requirements may be granted exemptions or advanced standing in other college programs, depending on the length of their studies, their grades, the college and the program requirements.
University transfer options: After two years of full-time studies, students who meet the GPA requirements may gain admission to many university Liberal Arts and Humanities programs, usually with transfer credits equivalent to at least one year of university studies, depending on their grades, the university and the program requirements. Students should be aware of any program-specific and institutional requirements at the universities to which they are considering applying.
In addition, graduates of this program may qualify for entry into George Brown’s bachelor programs in business, hospitality and technology.
Call the Program Co-ordinator at 416-415-5000, ext. 2306 or the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences at ext. 3688.