Liberal Arts
(History, Culture, and Literature)

Liberal Arts (700.B0)

PROGRAM PLANNER FOR FALL 2010 OR LATER The following planner indicates the usual path to complete your DEC in this program.

** Courses taken by some students may need to be adjusted due to recent changes brought to the “Charte de la langue française” by Bill 96. **

  • Students who require a mise à niveau English or French course will be required to pass it before they can take their introductory course in English or French.
  • Students will be required to pass a Ministerial Exam of Language of Instruction.
ENGLISH: Mythology | 603-101-MQ

This is the first semester English course of the Liberal Arts Program. Students will read a variety of genres in this introduction to classical Western mythology, with emphasis on classical Greek myth, epic, and drama. Students will also develop reading, thinking, and writing strategies essential to the College Program.

FRENCH | 602-1XX-MQ

Every student needs one of each of the Block “A” and Block “B” courses in order to complete their DEC. For each block, there are four levels of courses: Level 1 , Level 2 , Level 3 and Level 4.
Placement in the appropriate level of French is determined by the students’ high school marks. The French Department reserves the right to change the placement of a student upon written notice. Students take the Block “B” course at the same level as the Block “A” course.
If placement determines that students do not have a college level of proficiency in French, students may be required to take remedial courses to upgrade their knowledge of the language. Click here to view courses list.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION | 109-101-MQ

Students are required to successfully complete three (3) Physical Education courses to complete their DEC. Courses 109-101-MQ and 109-102-MQ may be taken in either order, but both must be successfully completed before registering in 109-103-MQ. Click here to view courses list. 

Introduction to Classics | 332-100-AB

This course primarily deals with the history of the Classical Age in the Mediterranean world, and the civilization of the Greek and Roman worlds between 500 BC and 500 AD. Background will be given of aspects of the Paleolithic and Neolithic Ages which were essential to the rise of civilized societies and important pre-Greek civilizations (Sumeria, Egypt, Minoans, et al.) of the Bronze and early Iron Ages.

Ancient Philosophy | 340-910-AB

This course traces the development of classical philosophy from the pre- Socratics to Neo-Platonism. Students will be invited to ponder the work of thinkers that delineated the sphere of systematic reflection and formulated some of the perennial problems of philosophy: the origin of the world, the role of the divine element, the trustworthiness of our senses, the knowability of truth and moral axioms, the ideal type of government and the quest for human happiness.

Peoples and their Myths | 370-122-AB

This course explores the answers to the great religious questions concerning meaning, appropriate relationships, guidelines for behaviour and the nature of God as the three great ‘peoples of the Book’ and their respective traditions see them. We look at the historical beginnings and development of Judaism, Christianity and Islam and how particular sacred stories inform each religious worldview as their respective histories unfold.

One (1) Concentration Course of Choice *

*  Eligible concentration courses are outlined in the Pre-University Courses Available for Liberal Arts Students listed in the last TAB.


  • Students who require a mise à niveau English or French course will be required to pass it before they can take their introductory course in English or French.
  • Students will be required to pass a Ministerial Exam of Language of Instruction.
ENGLISH: Medieval and Renaissance Works | 603-102-MQ

This course is designed as the second English course for the Liberal Arts Program, and is one of a sequence of courses on the Western Literary Tradition offered by the English Department. While reference is occasionally made to the first year Mythology course, it is not necessary for students to have taken the myth course; that is, no specific knowledge is assumed or required (other than the prerequisite of any English 101 course). Neither does the student need to be in any particular sequence of courses or program. The course focuses on the question of genre with specific reference to Medieval and Renaissance Literature; as well, typical themes and values of the period, as reflected in representative literature, will be studied.

FRENCH | 602-2XX-AB

Every student needs one of each of the Block “A” and Block “B” courses in order to complete their DEC. For each block, there are four levels of courses: Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 and Level 4.
Placement in the appropriate level of French is determined by the students’ high school marks. The French Department reserves the right to change the placement of a student upon written notice. Students take the Block “B” course at the same level as the Block “A” course.
If placement determines that students do not have a college level of proficiency in French, students may be required to take remedial courses to upgrade their knowledge of the language. Click here to view courses list. 

HUMANITIES: Medieval World Views | 345-102-MQ

This course explores some important aspects of life in a period quite different from our own, and especially explores the attitudes of the people who lived during this period, towards issues which we also face: war, employment, government, education, love, beauty, the meaning of religion and forces beyond our control. It also explores sources available for such an exploration, and the ways in which those sources can be used.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION | 109-102-MQ

Students are required to successfully complete three (3) Physical Education courses to complete their DEC. Courses 109-101-MQ and 109-102-MQ may be taken in either order, but both must be successfully completed before registering in 109-103-MQ. Click here to view courses list.

Post-Classical History | 330-104-AB

This course enables the student to understand the basic content and structure of the History of Western Civilization from the Middle Ages to the eve of World War I. Students will also learn the methodology and concepts essential for producing research papers. They will acquire, in the process of meeting the requirements of this History course, the necessary skills to do research using both traditional and electronic resources associated with the Liberal Arts. Students will develop written and oral communication skills, while exploring the geographic, religious, social, economic, political and cultural factors that influenced Western history.

History of Art: Thematic Studies and Styles | 520-903-AB

A history of art from the Ancient Greek world to the early Renaissance. This course focuses on the analysis of works of art within their historical and aesthetic context, leading to the ability to think and write critically about artistic expression.

One (1) Concentration Course of Choice *

*  Eligible concentration courses are outlined in the Pre-University Courses Available for Liberal Arts Students listed in the last TAB.


  • Students who require a mise à niveau English or French course will be required to pass it before they can take their introductory course in English or French.
  • Students will be required to pass a Ministerial Exam of Language of Instruction.
ENGLISH: 18th and 19th Century Literature | 603-103-MQ

This course explores the prevailing ideas and themes associated with the neo-classical Enlightenment and with the Romantic period, i.e. the literature of the eighteenth and nineteenth century. Emphasis is on the genres of poetry and the novel, British and American writing, a thematic approach to the readings and on the thinking and writing strategies of the College Program. This course will examine the various means of literary interpretation and critical expression. We maintain coherence through this somewhat eclectic survey by focusing on the form and technique of poetry and the novel, the relations between Europe and the Americas, issues of gender, colonial and geo-political history, nature, selfhood and subjectivity, discovery, symbolism, realism, reason and the imagination. The revolutionary political context is important. Typical authors & texts include: Alexander Pope’s mock epic “The Rape of the Lock” and Voltaire’s satirical novel, “Candide” exemplify the 18th century and enlightenment ideas; the 19th century is reflected in the work of the British Romantic poets (Wordsworth, Coleridge, Shelley & Keats) – which we will study more comprehensively – as well as Whitman and Dickinson in America; we look at Hawthorne’s rather gothic novel, “The Scarlett Letter” (or another American novella) at the end of the course. Students will learn to appreciate the period studied in its own right and in relation to our own time. As well, considerable emphasis will be placed upon development and improvement of critical skills needed for thinking and writing about literature at the college level.

HUMANITIES: Art & Knowledge | 345-101-MQ

This is a course about creativity, passion, and wrestling with the limitations of life. It’s about seeing the big picture, and beginning to understand how we went from scrawls on cave walls, to soaring Gothic churches, to landscapes so realistic you can feel the breeze on your face, to cubes, stripes and circles, to cows sawed in half. It’s a journey through the fascinating world of art and the weird and wonderful people who made it.

Modern History: 20th Century | 330-252-AB

Prerequisite: 330-104-AB
This course covers the following topics: World War I and the Treaty of Versailles; post-war tensions and economic problems in the 1920’s; Stalinism in Communist Russia; failure of the Weimar Republic in Germany; the Great Depression and the rise of Totalitarianism; Mussolini and Fascism in Italy; Hitler and Nazism in Germany; failure of the League of Nations and outbreak of World War II; aftermath of World War II; the Cold War, United Nations and the superpowers; emergence of the Third World and Communist China; threats to world peace and the nuclear age – Korea, Vietnam, the Middle East and the breakup of the Communist world.

Modern Philosophy | 340-912-AB*

This course traces the development of modern thought from the 17th to the 19th centuries, emphasizing epistemology, metaphysics and ethics. Topics include rationalism and empiricism; Kant’s Copernican revolution; Hegel and the philosophy of history; Schopenhauer and the will, and Nietzsche’s critique of philosophy.

*Please note: Students cannot take Modern Philosophy | 340-912-AB unless they have successfully completed Ancient Philosophy | 340-910-AB or have permission from the Liberal Art coordinator.

Principles of Mathematics & Logic | 360-124-AB

This course will delve into the world of logic and mathematics by asking intriguing questions such as, “What does it take for an argument to be valid?”, “Do all infinite sets have the same size?” and “What is a number?” Students will learn about logic, formal proofs, sets, cardinality, numeral systems, and much more. Several paradoxes from logic and set theory will be analyzed.

Course of choice 1*

*  Eligible concentration courses are outlined in the Pre-University Courses Available for Liberal Arts Students listed in the last TAB.

Course of choice 1*

*  Eligible concentration courses are outlined in the Pre-University Courses Available for Liberal Arts Students listed in the last TAB.


  • Students who require a mise à niveau English or French course will be required to pass it before they can take their introductory course in English or French.
  • Students will be required to pass a Ministerial Exam of Language of Instruction.
ENGLISH | 603-200-AB

A knowledge of literary theory is a necessary part of being a creative and insightful literary critic. In Texts and Contexts students will become familiar with contemporary literary theory and will learn how to apply these diverse approaches to major writers of the 20th century. By describing features shared by the most effective critics, this course will attempt to give students a sound theoretical basis for their own reading and writing. Students will also be encouraged to apply these approaches to the literary texts they will be studying in other Liberal Arts courses.

HUMANITIES: The Author, the Artist and the Other | 345-215-AB

The Author, the Artist and the Other: Based on the study of the Great Books, the Liberal Arts program emphasizes the achievements of Western World. This course will examine the assumptions inherent in this project and how these have conditioned the West’s understanding and depiction of the other. The course will provide students with some of the appropriate models and frameworks with which to analyze the representation of both internal and external others in fields as diverse as science, literature, visual art and material culture.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION | 109-103-MQ

Students are required to successfully complete three (3) Physical Education courses to complete their DEC. Courses 109-101-MQ and 109-102-MQ may be taken in either order, but both must be successfully completed before registering in 109-103-MQ. Click here to view courses list. 

Science: History & Methodology | 360-128-AB

This course aims to convey a critical understanding and appreciation of the central ideas of the sciences by examining their development, the world view in which they are embedded, and the developing methodology that gave rise to them.

Liberal Arts Integrating Activity** | 360-126-AB

This course draws together the various disciplines covered in the Liberal Arts Program, showing their interdependence and commonalities. The course will begin with an examination of several written works from various disciplines with the purpose of helping the students launch independent research projects.
Students will use class presentations, discussions, written work, and especially their research project to demonstrate their ability to integrate program-related skills and knowledge.

** Students will be required to pass a Program Comprehensive Assessment which will be completed in the Integrating Seminar and in the 4th semester English course.

Comprehensive Assessment | 990-700-AB

The comprehensive assessment takes place in the fourth semester. It consists of two modules, one each in the English and integrative course. In the English course, students work in groups to choose, analyse, and teach a work of 20th century literature while in the integrating course each student produces an interdisciplinary research essay.

Course of choice*

*  Eligible concentration courses are outlined in the Pre-University Courses Available for Liberal Arts Students listed in last TAB.

Course of choice*

*  Eligible concentration courses are outlined in the Pre-University Courses Available for Liberal Arts Students listed in last TAB.

One (1) additional Course*

*  Eligible concentration courses are outlined in the Pre-University Courses Available for Liberal Arts Students listed in last TAB.


  • Students need a total of 7 courses
  • Students wishing to take Science and Social Science courses at 2.67 credits should contact Program Coordinators or Academic Advising.
  • All prerequisites apply
  • For course descriptions, follow the links under each section.
Social Sciences Level 1 (2.00 Credits)
  • 101-901-AB Human Biology
  • 201-103-RE Calculus 1 (2.67 credits)
  • 320-100-AB Introduction to Geography
  • 330-255-AB Ancient Greece
  • 340-252-AB Philosophy of Education
  • 340-255-AB Environmental Philosophy
  • 350-102-AB Introduction to Psychology
  • 360-300-AB Quantitative Methods
  • 370-300-AB The Problem of Evil
  • 381-100-AB Introduction to Anthropology
  • 383-920-AB Macroeconomics
  • 385-100-AB Introduction to Political Science
  • 387-100-AB Introduction to Sociology
  • 401-100-AB Introduction to Business
Social Sciences Level II (2.00 Credits)
  • 201-105-RE Linear Algebra (2.67 credits)
  • 201-203-RE Calculus 2 (2.67 credits)
  • 201-301-RE Advanced QM
  • 320-256-AB Geography of Tourism
  • 320-257-AB The Middle East: A Regional Geography
  • 320-258-AB Geography of the World Economy
  • 320-259-AB Geographical Information Systems
  • 320-260-AB Cities & Urbanization
  • 320-261-AB A Global Crisis?
  • 320-262-AB Environmental Geography
  • 320-263-AB People, Places, Nations
  • 320-264-AB Geography of Sport
  • 330-250-AB History of Canada and the World
  • 330-251-AB History of the United States
  • 330-253-AB History of the Developing World
  • 330-254-AB Lost Civilizations
  • 330-255-AB Ancient Greece
  • 330-256-AB Ancient Rome: Republic to Empire
  • 330-257-AB History of Russia & the USSR
  • 330-258-AB History of Latin America
  • 340-253-AB Social and Political Philosophy
  • 340-254-AB Philosophy & Crisis of the Modernity
  • 350-250-AB Child Psychology
  • 350-251-AB Interaction and Communication
  • 350-252-AB Mental Health
  • 350-253-AB Social Psychology
  • 350-257-AB The Human Brain
  • 350-258-AB Psychology of the Paranormal
  • 350-260-AB Evolutionary Psychology
  • 350-261-AB Psychology of Learning and Memory
  • 350-262-AB Psychology of Sport
  • 350-264-AB Sensation & Perception
  • 350-264-AB Seminal Studies in Psychology
  • 370-253-AB Ritual and Tradition
  • 370-254-AB New Spiritual Movements
  • 370-255-AB Religion, Body and Myth
  • 381-250-AB First Civilizations
  • 381-251-AB Peoples of the World
  • 381-252-AB Human Evolution
  • 381-253-AB Race and Racism
  • 381-254-AB Amerindians
  • 381-255-AB Anthropology & Contemporary Issues
  • 381-256-AB Anthropology in the Museum
  • 381-257-AB Evolution and Creationism
  • 381-258-AB Anthropology and Environment
  • 381-259-AB Anthropology of Sports & Leisure
  • 381-260-AB Anthropology of Violence and Conflict
  • 381-261-AB Native American Archeology
  • 383-250-AB Microeconomics
  • 383-251-AB Money and Banking
  • 383-252-AB International Economic Relations
  • 385-250-AB Modern Political Ideas
  • 385-251-AB International Politics
  • 385-252-AB Political Ideologies and Regimes
  • 385-253-AB Canadian Politics
  • 387-251-AB Mass Media and Popular Culture
  • 387-252-AB Love, Relationships and Family
  • 387-253-AB Sociology of Sexual/Gender Relations
  • 387-254-AB Sociology of Education
  • 387-255-AB Race, Ethnicity, and Structured Inequality
  • 387-256-AB Current Social Issues
  • 387-257-AB Environmental Sociology: The Green Revolution Game
  • 387-258-AB Crime and Social Control
  • 387-259-AB Social Problems
  • 387-260-AB Sociology of Cyberspace
Arts, Literature and Communication Courses (2.00 Credits)
  • 340-PLR-AB Philosophy: Culture and Construction of Reality
  • 340-PLA-AB Philosophy of Art and Aesthetics
  • 340-PLC-AB Philosophy of Communication
  • 510-PR1-AB Painting and Drawing I
  • 520-AHM-AB Art History: Modern to Contemporary
  • 530-AM1-AB Animation I
  • 530-AM2-AB Animation II
  • 530-DG1-AB Digital Media I
  • 530-DM2-AB Digital Media II
  • 530-FL1-AB Filmmaking I
  • 530-FL2-AB Filmmaking II
  • 530-FS1-AB Film Studies: Film as Art
  • 530-FS2-AB Film Studies: Genres, Directors, National Cinemas
  • 530-FS3-AB Film Studies: Canadian Cinema
  • 530-MDA-AB Media Studies A – Visual Culture & Communication
  • 530-MDB-AB Media Studies: Documentary, Photography and Popular Culture
  • 550-DAA-03 A Historical Survey of Western Art Music
  • 550-DAC-AB Music of Our Time
  • 550-DAD-AB The Beatles
  • 550-MUF-AB Fundamentals of Music
  • 560-THA-AB Theatre Workshop 1
  • 560-THB-AB Theatre Workshop 2
  • 585-DR1-AB Darkroom Photography I
  • 585-DR2-AB Darkroom Photography II
  • 585-DPA-AB Digital Photography I
  • 585-DP2-AB Digital Photography II
  • 585-RA1-AB Radio I
  • 585-RD2-AB Radio Production II
  • 585-VR1-AB Video Production I
  • 585-VP2-AB Video Production II
  • 585-SW1-AB Screenwriting
  • 585-WR1-AB Writing News and Features for Broadcast Media
  • 602-LDM-AB Linguistique – Les Langues du Monde
  • 602-RAL-AB Recherches en art, littérature et communication
  • 603-CW1-AB Creative Writing 1
  • 603-CW2-AB Creative Writing 2
  • 603-ED1-AB The Play: Page, Stage and Screen
  • 603-ST1-AB Special Topic 1: The Comic Urge
  • 607-SH1-AB Spanish I
  • 607-SH2-AB Spanish II
  • 607-SH3-AB Spanish III (Prerequisite: Level I &II)
  • 607-SH4-AB Spanish IV (Prerequisite: Level I &II)
  • 608-TA1-AB Italian I
  • 608-TA2-AB Italian II
  • 608-TA3-AB Italian III (Prerequisite: Level I &II)
  • 608-TA4-AB Italian IV (Prerequisite: Level I &II)
  • 609-GE1-AB German I
  • 609-GE2-AB German II
  • 609-GE3-AB German III (Prerequisite: Level I &II)
  • 609-GE4-AB German IV (Prerequisite: Level I &II)
  • 613-MA1-AB Beginning Mandarin (Chinese)
  • 615-LT1 Latin 1
Science Level 1 Courses (2.67 Credits)
  • 101-NYA-05 General Biology 1
  • 201-NYA-05 Calculus 2
  • 202-NYA-AB General Chemistry
  • 203-NYA-AB Mechanics
  • 205-DDM-05 Understanding Planet Earth
Science Level 2 Courses (2.67 Credits)
  • 101-DCN-05 General Biology 2
  • 101-DDB-05 Human Anatomy & Physiology
  • 101-DDM-05 Human Genetics
  • 201-NYB-05 Calculus 2
  • 201-NYC-05 Linear Algebra
  • 201-DDD-05 Statistical Methods
  • 202-NYB-AB Chemistry of Solutions
  • 202-DDC-05 Physical Chemistry
  • 202-DCP-05 Organic Chemistry 1
  • 202-DDP-05 Forensic Chemistry
  • 202-DDN-05 Chemistry of the Environment
  • 203-DDM-05 Astronomy
  • 203-NYB-AB Electricity and Magnetism
  • 203-DDN-05 Physics of Sports
  • 205-DDB-05 Earth’s Dynamic Systems
  • 205-DDN-05 Introduction to Oceanography

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