Liberal Studies

What are Liberal Studies Courses?

Liberal Studies courses provide degree students with the opportunity to develop an understanding of disciplines outside of their fields of professional specialization, which enhances their capacity to critically analyze their social, political, economic, historical, and cultural context and provide them with the opportunity to experience diverse perspectives and ways of reasoning, analysis, and communication. In the process, the graduates can attain a recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in life-long learning necessary to thrive in the continuously evolving and globalizing workplace of the twenty-first century.

Liberal Studies Courses are

  • Breadth capacity courses
  • 25% of all degree courses are Liberal Studies (eg. Student taking 40 courses in their model route, 10 of those courses are liberal studies)
  • This is in compliance with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities’ framework for Ontario College Degrees.
  • Lower (100 and 200) and upper level (300 and 400) liberal studies courses are offered

Two types of courses will constitute Breadth Courses: Liberal Studies mandated courses and Liberal Studies elective courses. All liberal studies courses are offered over 14 week period, with 12 weeks of instruction and 1 week of study and 1 week of final examination. At Centennial, students take 5 mandated courses and 5 electives.

Centennial College's mandated liberal studies courses include

Liberal Studies Transfer Credits

Students who attended an accredited university or a degree program at another college and have successfully completed courses that are considered to be Breadth Courses are eligible to apply for transfer credit. A minimum “C” grade is required for transfer credit course approval. Students transferring from a college certificate or diploma program into a degree program at Centennial College are required to have a minimum of a “B+” grade and 75% of the course learning outcomes met in their general education courses.

Liberal Studies Elective Disciplines

Students are expected to take one elective from each of these disciplines:

  • Social Sciences
  • Humanities
  • Natural Science
  • Arts
  • Philosophy

Year 3, Semester 1: Social Sciences

Year 3, Semester 2: Humanities

Year 3, Semester 2: Natural Sciences

Year 4, Semester 1: Arts

Year 4, Semester 1: Philosophy