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General Arts and Science - One-Year

Ontario College Certificate
College Code:
Liberal Studies
Program Code:
Accelerated Delivery:
Academic Year:
2017 / 2018

About the Program

This one-year program is designed for students who wish to acquire a general education in arts and science while exploring educational options within the college or other institutions. Students will acquire knowledge and skills in three major disciplines: humanities, applied mathematics and science, and social and behavioural sciences. During this program, students will participate in a course on career options. After successful completion of the one-year certificate, students may wish to transfer into year two of the General Arts and Science Diploma program or transfer to another post-secondary program.

Program Information

Length: One-year Ontario College Certificate program
Delivery Sequence:
         Brantford - September/2017 - Fall | Winter
         Doon (Kitchener) - September/2017 - Winter | Fall
         Doon (Kitchener) - January/2018 - Winter | Fall
         Guelph - September/2017 - Fall | Winter
Location: Doon (Kitchener), Brantford, and Guelph
Start: September (Doon, Brantford and Guelph), January (Doon)
First-Year Capacity: 65 Doon (Kitchener), 30 Brantford, 30 Guelph

Admission Requirements

Admission Procedures

Program Requirements

Tuition & Fees

Tuition fee details for the 2017-2018 year are listed below. Books and supplies are additional.

Financial Assistance

The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is a needs-based program designed to help Ontario students cover the cost of post-secondary education. Funded by the federal and provincial governments, OSAP is intended to promote equality of opportunity for post-secondary studies through direct financial assistance for educational costs and living expenses. These interest-free loans are intended to supplement your financial resources and those of your family. The majority of students apply for loan assistance via the OSAP website. Students can also print the application booklet through the OSAP website.

For more information, please visit Financial Services/Awards.

Graduate Opportunities

Graduates may choose to seek admission to more specific vocational/educational programs at Conestoga College or elsewhere following completion of one year. Others choose to continue in and complete the two-year General Arts and Science Diploma. After completing the diploma, our graduates can transfer to University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University and University of Guelph.

On average, 89% of graduates from the last three years (2013 to 2015) found employment within six months of graduation.

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website:

Pathways & Credit Transfer

Conestoga pathways enable students to build on their academic achievements in order to earn a degree or additional credential. Pathways are formed through agreements between Conestoga programs or partner institutions.

Often applicants have earned credits from another college or university that may allow a student to be granted advanced standing or exemption. Learn more about credit transfer opportunities at Conestoga.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in an official course credit that will be recorded on the student's Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.

Learn more about PLAR.

Program Courses

Course Details (0789)
Course Code Course Title and Description
Level 1
CDEV1121 Career Options

Description: In this course, the student will focus on career decision-making skills. Topics will include: assessing self-knowledge, researching the marketplace, upgrading skills, networking, job searching on the Internet, the Electronic Edge and Conestoga Programs.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3

COMM1085 College Reading & Writing Skills

Description: This course focuses on the reading, writing and critical thinking skills needed for academic and workplace success. Students will analyse, summarize, and discuss a variety of readings and apply the steps of planning, writing, and revising in response to written prompts. This course prepares students for post-secondary writing tasks, research, and documentation.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3

COMP1076 Computer Software Applications

Description: Students will use Microsoft Office to create reports, electronic presentations, brochures, flyers, posters, and in creating budget models. They research content and imagery using an Internet browser and learn effective electronic filing.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3

LIBS1540 Student Success for Higher Learning

Description: This course enables students to develop skills that will enhance their success in college. Students will identify their unique learning styles and develop strategies for success in their academic and personal lives.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3

MATH1400 Essential Mathematics

Description: This course will provide the student with learning tools that will help them to improve basic arithmetic skills and to develop reasoning and problem solving skills. It is designed for students to help them bridge any existing gap between their current preparation and college level math.

Topics include: fractions, decimals, ratios and proportions, percent, metric system and an introduction to algebra and trigonometry.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3

Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours
Level 2
BUS1070 Introduction To Human Relations

Description: This course provides students with an introduction to human relations, focusing on self-development and interpersonal effectiveness. Students will develop various interpersonal skills by examining theories relevant to those skills. The following topics constitute the specific areas of study in the course: developing self-awareness, building and maintaining relationships, communicating with others, coping with stress, managing one's feelings, and resolving interpersonal conflicts.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3

LIBS1520 Introduction To The Social Sciences

Description: This course provides students with the opportunity to meet the Civic Life (Theme 2) component of the general education requirements for programs of instruction for Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology. In order to live responsibly and to reach ones potential as an individual, and as a citizen of society, there is a need to understand the patterns of human relationships that underlie the orderly interactions of a society's various structural units. Informed people have knowledge of the meaning of civic life in relation to diverse communities at the local, national and global level. This course will teach the basic principles and vocabulary of the social science disciplines: economics, sociology, and politics. It will introduce students to the intellectual frameworks of these disciplines and will emphasize the development of critical thinking by focusing on inequalities in contemporary Canadian society. Students will be provided with an understanding of the meaning of freedoms, rights, and participation in community and public life, in addition to a working knowledge of the structure and function of various levels of governments in Canada. The course will contribute to the development of citizens who are conscious of the diversity, complexity, and richness of the human experience, who are able to establish meaning through this consciousness, and, who, as a result, are able to contribute thoughtfully, creatively, and positively to the society in which they live and work.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3

LIBS1560 Our Domain: Geography and Human Populations

Description: In this course, students are encouraged to develop an understanding of the interdependent relationship between geography and the location of human populations. Through scientific inquiry, students will study the world's geographic landscape, the global processes that shape planet earth, and their relationship to the location of climates and the natural resources required to sustain healthy societies. Challenges and opportunities related to demands for natural resources, energy, agricultural and economic productivity will be explored along with the ever increasing impact our accelerating population growth is having on shaping our planets future and the life that inhabits it.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3

SCIE1060 Understanding Science

Description: This lecture and demonstration course will introduce the student to the ways in which science and scientists function. In this context, the student will examine the history of science, the philosophy of science, the scientific process and the scientific establishment. At the end of this course, the student will be able to apply this knowledge to better distinguish between science and pseudoscience and to examine critically scientific claims made in the various media.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3

Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 84 Hours

Program Outcomes

Program Advisory Committees

The College appoints Program Advisory Committee members for diploma, degree, certificate and apprenticeship programs. Committees are composed of employers, practitioners and recent program graduates. College representatives (students, faculty, and administrators) are resource persons. Each committee advises the Board on the development of new programs, the monitoring of existing programs and community acceptance of programs.

For a list of the current members, please visit our Program Advisory Committees.

Program Handbook


Apply Now

Domestic students should apply online at or by phone at 1-888-892-2228.

60 Corporate Court
Guelph, Ontario
Canada N1G 5J3

Detailed steps on the application process may help you to apply.

International students should apply online using the Conestoga College International Application Portal. Please note: not all programs are open to international students. Interested students should check the listing of open programs on our international students web page before applying.
For program information, call the Information Centre at 519-748-5220 ext 3656.


The College reserves the right to alter information including requirements and fees and to cancel at any time a program, course, or program major or option; to change the location and/or term in which a program or course is offered; to change the program curriculum as necessary to meet current competencies in the job market or for budgetary reasons; or to withdraw an offer of admission both prior to and after its acceptance by an applicant or student because of insufficient applications or registrations, over-acceptance of offers of admission, budgetary constraints, or for other such reasons. In the event the College exercises such a right, the College’s sole liability will be the return of monies paid by the applicant or student to the College.

Students actively registered in cohort delivered programs who take longer than the designed program length of time to complete their studies are accountable for completing any new or additional courses that may result due to changes in the program of study. Unless otherwise stated, students registered in non-cohort delivered programs must complete the program of study within seven years of being admitted to the program.


Program Status (Domestic)
Start DateCampusStatus**
SEP, 2018 Brantford Open
SEP, 2018 Doon Open
SEP, 2018 Guelph Suspended
JAN, 2019-AD * Doon Open
* AD = Accelerated Delivery
** Status applicable to domestic students
Program status for international students

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