Pre-University Programs

Social Science


A new version of this program will be implemented in the Fall 2023; details will be finalized during the 2022-2023 academic year.

The Social Science program offers a broad-based pre-university program which enables students to study, from many perspectives, aspects of human society and behaviour as well as how we influence the world around us. Students have the opportunity to explore how our society works including, but not limited to, the understanding of human evolution, how people vote, factors in economic growth, causes of war, religious rituals, human population trends, mental illnesses and cross-cultural awareness. This preparation combines studies in general education and social science disciplines. The program’s greatest advantage lies in the depth and breadth of knowledge and understanding that students acquire. Graduates of this program will be well prepared for university studies in broad range of fields related to Social Science, including Commerce.

Where Social Science can take you!

This program is designed for students who wish to furthur their studies or pursue careers in fields such as Advertising, Anthropology, Broadcasting, Communications, Counselling, Criminal Justice, Ecology, Education, Environmental Studies, Economics, Geriatrics, History, Journalism, Labour Relations, Law, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Recreation, Social Work, Sociology, Urban Studies and other diverse areas of study. The Commerce profile allows students to continue in Accounting, Administration, Management, Marketing or other business-related fields.

What distinguishes the program offered at JAC from others like it?

The Social Science program offers a highly flexible approach to social sciences, giving students the opportunity to choose the profile which best suits their own interest(s) while maintaining a broad-based education in social science disciplines and in research methods. Combined with highly qualified teachers and innovative pedagogy, this program equips students with solid academic and research skills.

Students will have the opportunity to acquire a comprehensive understanding of research methods, strategies for evaluating reliable sources and the opportunity to complete a final major paper based on a research question of interest as part of their Integration in the Social Sciences course in their final semester.

This program is for you if…

You are hard-working, motivated student who is eager to understand the world around you. In particular, this program is well suited for students with a keen interest in developing interpersonal relations, effective oral and written communication, analytical and critical thinking and most importantly, a drive to understand society, past, present, and future.

Learning communities

Students in certain profiles will be pre-registered in Learning Communities. In other words, the same students will be registered in each of the two sections, forming a cohesive group. The Learning Communities model gives students a better opportunity to learn collaboratively and make friends. The result is a cohort of engaged students who benefit from a network of peer support and feel more connected to their program of study.

Social Science profiles

General Social Science profile: This is our most open and flexible profile, allowing students the largest course choice. In addition to the compulsory courses in Economics, History, Methodology and Psychology, students in this profile can choose courses from any of the Social Science disciplines.

Mathematics profile: Designed for students who enjoy mathematics yet wish to select from a variety of Social Science subjects, students in this profile must complete Calculus I, Calculus II and Linear Algebra. Prerequisite: Math TS5 or SN5.

Commerce profile: Designed for students interested in studying commerce, management, economics or any business-related field at university. Students in this profile must complete Calculus I, Calculus II, Linear Algebra, Introduction to Business, Microeconomics, plus one additional business course. Prerequisites: Math TS5 or SN5.

CEGEP-Online University agreement (DEC-BAC)
A partnership with Athabasca University provides a route for eligible graduates of the Social Science Commerce profile DEC program to complete a bachelor’s degree in Management or Human Resources and Labour Relations in two years online.

Psychology profile: Designed for students interested in pursuing psychology studies at university. Students in this profile must complete Advanced Quantitative Methods in Mathematics, Human Biology and two Level 2 Psychology courses. Students select this option at the end of their second semester.

Social Science Certificates in International Studies and Sports Studies

Social Science students may choose an option leading to either a Social Science Certificate in Sports Studies or a Social Science Certificate in International Studies. This option is available to all Social Science students and is designed for those who would like to obtain their DEC in Social Science with a focus on sports and sports-related topics or on international and cultural studies. For more information on the courses which qualify for these certificates email the coordinators at or

Admission Requirements

CEGEP Requirements

A Secondary School Diploma which includes:
  • Secondary 5 Language of Instruction
  • Secondary 5 Second Language
  • Secondary 4 Mathematics
  • Secondary 4 Science and Technology
    OR Secondary 4 Applied Science and Technology
  • Secondary 4 History and Citizenship Education

Program Prerequistes

This program has specific prerequisites.

Social Science ~ Sec. IV Mathematics Cultural, Social and Technical Option
Social Science with Math ~ Sec. V Mathematics Technical & Scientific Option OR Sec. V Mathematics Science Option
Social Science Commerce ~ Sec. V Mathematics Technical & Scientific Option OR Sec. V Mathematics Science Option

OR a Secondary School Vocational Diploma which includes:
  • Secondary 5 Language of Instruction
  • Secondary 5 Second Language
  • Secondary 4 Mathematics

Please Note

Applicants who have not studied in Québec must have education deemed equivalent by the College.

How To Apply

John Abbott College is affiliated with the Service régional d’admission du Montréal métropolitain (SRAM) and uses its online application service.

The application deadline is March 1 (Fall semester) and November 1 (Winter semester).

Warning: The documents and payment must be submitted by the deadline.


Program start: Fall and Winter


To apply:

  • Complete the online SRAM application
  • Select John Abbott and the program of your choice along with the corresponding SRAM program number:
    – Social Science: 300.M0
    – Social Science with Math: 300.M1 (particularity 1)
    – Social Science Commerce: 300.M1 (particularity 2)
  • Upload any necessary documents directly to your online SRAM application

Students whose prerequisites are more than five years old should contact the Admissions office.

Admissions Office
514-457-6610 x5358, 5355 & 5361

Social Science Department

Student for a Day Program

You are interested in John Abbott College and would like spend a few hours on campus?

Please follow this link to fill out the form Student for a day, and someone will contact you to set up a time for you to come to JAC and discover our campus.

During the tour, you will visit our newly renovated library, our sports facilities, the campus store, the cafeteria, etc. You will also be shown all the services offered on “Main Street”. If you have questions about application and programs, you can speak to someone in Admissions.

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