Liberal Arts


The Liberal Arts Program takes students on an intellectual journey in the study of humanity, beginning with prehistory and ending with the contemporary. The aim of a Liberal Arts education is to develop the skills of reading, writing and critical thought, through understanding the ideas and creations that have shaped our culture and civilization.


In an age increasingly marked by professional specialization, students need a general Liberal Arts education more than ever. Liberal Arts emphasizes the teaching of classical disciplines, such as History, Philosophy, Religion and Art. Liberal Arts students take English and Humanities courses that are linked to the Program’s content. We complement this classical training by offering a quarter of our courses as options drawn from three other pre-university programs. The Liberal Arts Program may well be the best preparation for all advanced and specialized studies or training.
This program is for you if:

  • You are hard working and love reading classical texts (for a sample of texts used in Liberal Arts, click here)
  • You are passionate about the history of Western culture
  • You want to study challenging new subjects, such as philosophy, religion, history of art, the history of science, and logic
  • Your intellectual curiosity extends to courses offered in Social Science, ALC and Science, which you can take as options. With over 150 optional courses to choose from, no other program at John Abbott offers you as much variety. (For a list of options, click here)
  • You want to be part of a small program, where all students know one another and help each other
  • You want to participate in exciting extra-curricular activities that will broaden your mind and build friendships (for a list of recent Liberal Arts extracurricular activities, click here)

Liberal Arts students are eligible for several awards of merit. For details, click here.


Liberal Arts relies on the study of many disciplines to explain the evolution of ideas, especially History, Philosophy, Art, Literature and Religion.

Courses in Liberal Arts often combine disciplines, exploring topics such as the history of science and the principles of mathematics and logic. We complement our classical training with a commitment to multidisciplinary, as our students can take a quarter of their courses as options drawn from three other pre-university programs.


Liberal Arts is an excellent foundation for university programs in law, education, languages, business, communications, social sciences and a wide range of other advanced studies, with the exception of science. Liberal Arts students receive a broad-based education and develop a strong work ethic, providing them with a distinct advantage in today’s rapidly changing work environment.

Here is what recent graduates have said about our Program:

“Liberal Arts left me with nothing but warm memories. There is no higher praise, when it comes to the education system these days.”

“Getting in touch with philosophy and literary classics, as well as some history, has helped me in all aspects of my life. I wouldn’t be who I am now if it hadn’t have been for Liberal Arts.”

“Liberal Arts really taught me proper ways to study and work, and showed me how much quality work i could produce. I am very proud of the academic work i am now able to produce.”

“Most of the students have formed friendships even after graduation which I think speaks volumes about the impact this program continues to have at JAC.”

For other testimonials, click here.


Semester 1: Introduction to the Ancient World; Ancient Philosophy; Religion: Peoples and their Myths; English: Mythology; French; Physical Education; one option.

Semester 2: History: Post-Classical; History of Art: Thematic Studies & Styles; English: Medieval & Renaissance Works; Humanities: Medieval World Views; French; Physical Education; one option.

Semester 3: Modern History 20th Century; Modern Philosophy; Principles of Mathematics & Logic; English: 18th & 19th Century Literature; Humanities: Arts & Knowledge; two options.

Semester 4: Liberal Arts Integrating Activity; Science: History & Methodology; English: Texts and Contexts; Humanities: The Author, the Artist and the Other; Physical Education; three options.

For complete list of courses, please view the Courses by program.



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.

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

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


This program has specific prerequisites.

  • Sec. IV Mathematics Cultural, Social and Technical Option

Standing and Advancement Policy

  • Students will be asked to leave the Program if they are not in good standing:
  • Students are expected to maintain an overall average of at least 75% after their first year, and for every semester subsequently.
  • Students may not fail more than two courses while in the Program.
  • Students may not fail a Program-specific course more than once.
    Program-specific courses include Humanities; General Education English; Classics; History 104 and 252; Philosophy 910 and 912; Religion 122; History of Art 903; Principles of Mathematics and Logic; History and Methodology of Science; Integrating Activity.



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

Program start: Fall

To apply:

  • Complete the online application at
  • Select John Abbott and the program of your choice along with the corresponding SRAM program number: 700.B0.
  • If applicable, mail in photocopies of all required documents and the application fee.

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

514 457-6610 x5361, 5355 & 5358

514 457-6610 x5178 or 5173

Student for a Day Program

This program is not available at this time due to the pandemic.

We are not accepting Student for a Day requests at this time.

Please revisit this page periodically: Student for a Day Program