Program Information

This program is a true pathway program. Liberal Studies is designed for those who wish to pursue a university education or degree completion. Following completion of the program, and provided that all requirements are met, students will have the opportunity to apply for entry into a university degree. 

This program is rooted in a variety of humanities and social science disciplines. An emphasis on developing university-level skills in critical thinking, communication, research, literacy and numeracy prepares students for professional environments which impact society, business and technology.

Graduates of the Liberal Studies program may receive transfer credits toward degrees at Ontario universities. Graduates of this program may apply to Huron, Brescia, King's or Western University for acceptance into the second year of a specified Bachelor's program.

New Indigenous Studies Pathway

In response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Lambton College is excited to share a new project that will address the university attainment gap for Indigenous students as well as provide an opportunity for non-Indigenous students to be better equipped to understand varied perspectives as daily life and mainstream employment intersect with Indigenous people.

College to University in Four Years

Lambton College is working in partnership with Wilfrid Laurier University and McMaster University providing an opportunity for students to enrol in the Liberal Studies - Indigenous Stream pathway. This 2 + 2 pathway to Indigenous-focused degree programs allows student to complete a diploma and a university honours degree in four years.

Liberal Studies - Indigenous Stream

Students will learn about the historical and contemporary relationships between Canada and Indigenous people as well as Indigenous ways of knowing. A liberal studies diploma treaded with Indigenous electives provides a well rounded education that develops students' critical thinking and innovation, so they can communicate effectively, formulate effective arguments and solve problems preparing students for a variety of career paths. Graduates of an honours degree program will be eligible to continue their academic paths onto various graduate disciplines.

Pathway

Students will enrol in Lambton College's Liberal Studies program and choose Indigenous-focused electives each term. Students who graduate with an overall 75% are eligible to apply to:

Wilfrid Laurier University
Bachelor of Arts in Indigenous Studies

-or-
McMaster University
Honours Bachelor of Arts - Indigenous Studies

Indirect Benefits

All students at Lambton College will have access to a variety of Indigenous-focused electives. Having accesss to foundational knowledge on Indigenous history and pedagogies is critical to advancing Truth and Reconciliation.

Fall 2021 Delivery Format

For the Fall 2021 term, this program will be fully remote. Students in first year will not be expected to attend classes on campus between September 2021 and December 2021. 

For upper year students, information about delivery format is available on mylambton.ca.

See Course List

Admission Requirements

O.S.S.D. or equivalent with:

  • Grade 12 English C or U

Mature applicants must be at least 19 years of age by the start of classes, be out of secondary school for at least one year and usually do not have a high school diploma. Mature applicant assessment for this program is available in the Counselling Department in the subject of English. The assessment(s) will demonstrate proficiency in required admission subjects. For more information please contact the Counselling Department at ext. 3412. Academic admission requirements can be obtained through Academic Upgrading and Pre-Programs at Lambton College.


The admissions process is competitive and meeting the minimum academic requirements does not guarantee admission.

Lambton College reserves the right to alter information including admission requirements and to cancel at any time a program or course; 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 or changes in the job market; to change the pathways third-party certification bodies; 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 or over-acceptance of offers of admission. In the event Lambton College exercises such a right, Lambton College’s sole liability will be the return of monies paid by the applicant or student to Lambton College.

Course List

ANT-1003: Introduction to Physical Anthropology

Introduction to Physical Anthropology looks at the origins of the human "animal", where we came from, where we're going, what happened, and what IS happening. It traces the evolution of human form, society, and cultural development; looks at the study of genetic inheritance, the contributions of forensics and primatology, and the revolutions of culture. Literally stones to bones and everything in between!

COM-1013: Critical Thinking and Writing

In this writing course, students will respond to current issues and news articles via various styles of paragraphs and essays. Students will strive for clarity of message and diplomatic expression of opinion based on fact. Students will practice thinking critically and will organize and hone their writing to ensure clarity and correctness in their messages. Critical Thinking and Writing lays the foundation for a subsequent research- writing course.

SOC-1003: Sociology I

Sociology is a social science focusing on the systematic and diverse study of human group life. This course introduces students to the discipline of sociology and the sociological approach to understanding humans and our behaviour. This course attempts to develop one's ability to critically examine our world and relate it to our own lives. This course concentrates on a Canadian perspective and covers topics such as culture, socialization, social interaction, crime, deviance and stratification.

PSY-1003: Psychology I

This course focuses on how we behave. It is an attempt to understand ourselves and others. The primary goal of this course is to see psychology as an objective way of studying human experience.

GED-XXX3: General Education Elective

MTH-1163 : General Mathematics I

This general course in mathematics reviews and enhances topics in arithmetic, algebra, linear graphs, measurement, and statistics. A problem solving approach is used throughout the course, and there are many practical applications.

ANT-2003: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

Introduction to Cultural Anthropology looks at people - all people, everywhere, and everything they do, laugh at, believe, love, desire or dream about. It examines cultural and behavioural differences as well as similarities, the way that people with differing "life styles" structure their cultures, and the cultural characteristics which are common to us all. Language, religion, art, social inequality and modern world order are all highlighted within a cross-cultural framework. If you're a "people" watcher then this is the course you've been waiting for!

COM-2053: Communications for Community Services

This course enhances students' communication skills in preparation for work in community services. Through the theme of "advocacy and education," students read, examine, and respond to selected essays and articles, creating research reports and research presentations to share with their peers. The research process provides students with the opportunity to develop their writing skills through critical thinking, analysis, synthesis, application, and evaluation. These skills are necessary for success in current and future college courses, the workplace, and students' personal lives.

PSY-1053: Human Relations

This course provides a forum for enhancing students' abilities and understanding of the value to human social interaction through communication and connection. This course places a strong emphasis on applied learning in the context of communicating with others, recognizing that personal development evolves from social interaction. Course topics include the study of emotion-focused brain functionality, self-understanding and awareness, understanding the importance of perception skills in relationships, developing strong verbal and nonverbal communication skills, recognizing prosocial leadership skills, understanding and establishing healthy team dynamics, and addressing conflicts in relationships.

GED-XXX3: General Education Elective

Academic Break

POL-1003: Canadian Politics and Government I

Explain the structure and function of government within society with a focus on the Canadian context. Critically examine the complexities of the Canadian federal system in relationship to social, political, and economic change. Investigate the influence that geography, language, religion, and ethnicity have had and examine their implications to issues of regionalism and diversity. Explore the role of political parties and the electoral system and their influence on voting patterns and citizen engagement.

GED XXX3: General Education Elective

ELEC-0003: Elective - Select 3

SOC-2003: Sociology II

Apply a sociological lens to examine links between human behaviour and the social environment. Explore the diverse perspectives that may be used to explain the connection between behaviour and the social world. Discuss concepts related to social structure, social interaction, inequality or race, ethnicity, and gender, the family, population, and social movements and social change.

POL-2003: Canadian Politics and Government II

You can change the system! Protest, debate, participate and foster innovation! Understanding politics allows a person to make a difference in the political system. This course is a survey of the behaviour of individuals, groups, and institutions within the Canadian political system. Topics include the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government. In addition, bureaucracy, mass media, political socialization, advocacy groups, lobbying and Canada's external environment are identified.

PSY-2003: Psychology II

This course focuses on how we behave. It is an attempt to understand ourselves and others. The primary goal of this course is to investigate the application of psychological information to people's lives.

ELEC-0003: Elective - Select 2

Program Maps

Students are required to follow their prescribed program map and are not allowed to take unscheduled breaks for any reason.

Current Students

Current students can view program maps from previous years on the mylambton website. 

You will need to login with your C# and password in order to access your program map.

Technology Requirements

This program requires a laptop.

See full device requirements.

Employment Opportunities

Our graduates use the Liberal Studies program to transfer to university or college diploma programs. Some graduates opt to enter direct employment. Recent data shows that Liberal Studies graduates are in high demand in a number of sectors, for instance, in the technology field. Graduates can also be found in community agencies, administration, marketing, education and social services.

For more information, please contact the appropriate campus:

Toronto
416-485-2098
lambton@cestarcollege.com
Mississauga
905-890-7833 x 222
lambton@queenscollege.ca
Sarnia/Main Campus
international@lambtoncollege.ca
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