MINISTRY-APPROVED PROGRAM TITLE: General Arts and Science – One-year
Criminology, community development and communication are just a few of the areas covered under Liberal Arts. This eight-month program helps students determine their area of interest while strengthening communication and thinking skills, sharpening academic skillsets, and increasing social science and liberal studies knowledge. Successful graduates may be eligible for advanced standing into Year Two of Ontario Tech University’s Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Criminology and Justice, Legal Studies, Liberal Studies, Community Development and Policy Studies, Psychology or Communication and Digital Media Studies. This program also helps students familiarize themselves with post-secondary life, workload, expectations and surroundings.
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To help students succeed in programs with remote learning requirements, Durham College’s IT Services department has identified minimum technology recommendations. While these are not program requirements, these suggestions will help ensure students have the right tools to support a quality remote learning experience.
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The two-semester General Arts and Science Liberal Arts Ontario Tech University Transfer pathway is designed for individuals interested in pursuing advanced standing into Year 2 of Ontario Tech’s Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Criminology and Justice, Legal Studies, Liberal Studies, Community Development and Policy Studies, Psychology or Communication and Digital Media Studies.
This program will provide opportunities to refine essential academic skills and develop the foundational knowledge needed to ensure success in subsequent post-secondary studies. Additionally, it is intended for individuals who wish to strengthen their critical thinking and communication skills, increase their knowledge of the social sciences and liberal arts, and acquaint themselves with the rigors and opportunities of post-secondary life.
Students will be required to complete six courses per semester (12 courses in total). Topics and subject areas include academic preparation, critical thinking, computer skills, communications, law, political science, psychology, and sociology, among others.
Graduates of this pathway who have completed the requisite courses with a minimum average grade of at least ‘B+’ (77-79 per cent), with no individual course below ‘B-’ (70-72 per cent), may apply for admission with advanced standing into Year 2 of the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Liberal Arts degree programs. It is important to note that admission based on minimum admission requirements is not guaranteed, and that Ontario Tech will give preference to applicants with the best qualifications.
The student advisor offers individual academic planning assistance; students are strongly encouraged to meet with their advisor before selecting their courses. Some General Arts and Science courses are also transferable to other post-secondary programs.
The courses listed below are for incoming students. If you are a current student, please refer to your program of study for the year you began your program. Your program of study can be found on MyDC.
Courses, course descriptions and delivery formats are subject to change.
More than 75% of this program is delivered in-person.
The rest of the coursework will be delivered using hybrid, flexible or online formats. Students will come to campus to complete in-person learning requirements.Detailed schedules, with course-specific delivery information, will be available after registration. Courses, course descriptions and delivery formats are subject to change.
Qualified graduates can apply to Ontario Tech’s Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Criminology and Justice, Legal Studies, Liberal Studies, Community Development and Policy Studies or Communications and Digital Media Studies and may also be eligible to apply their academic credits towards further study through Durham College’s partnerships with many Canadian and international colleges and universities.
Please visit our pathways page to learn more about how you can transfer your credits towards a degree.
To help students have the best remote learning experience possible, Durham College’s IT Services department has identified technology recommendations for each program based on course needs and software requirements. While not required, students may want to consider these suggestions if they are purchasing a computer or laptop for the upcoming academic year.
Storage: 256GB SSD
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Professional or Education x64 SP1
Internet Browser: Google Chrome (newest version) or Firefox (newest version)
Network Adapter: 802.11ac 2.4/5 GHz wireless adapter
Camera: Webcam/built-in camera
Questions regarding technology recommendations can be directed to the IT Service Desk or the school office.