The study of the liberal arts has always been considered a liberating education. If you have a wide variety of interests or aren’t sure what path to follow at university, the Liberal Arts program at Marianopolis is for you.

Liberal Arts presents you with facts and invites you to explore ideas. It opens you to many possibilities and makes links between various areas of study, from the Arts, to History, Religion, Philosophy and more. At the heart of a Liberal Arts education is the belief that learning is one of life’s lasting and deepest pleasures.



You decide! Because Liberal Arts gives you such a solid foundation, you are prepared for university studies in virtually all programs in the Arts and Social Sciences. Liberal Arts students who take Math courses also have Business-related programs open to them at university. Our graduates frequently pursue careers in:

  • Writing, journalism, communications
  • Teaching – university, college, high school
  • Research – institutes, universities
  • Government, including Foreign Service
  • Law
  • Museology, conservation
  • Theatre – performance, community development
  • Cinema
  • Business, management
  • The non-profit sector


Several qualities set Liberal Arts at Marianopolis apart.

The first is that we created a strong core to the program that allows you to explore Western Civilization as it has developed through time. Moving through the centuries, semester by semester, you see how an advance or innovation in one field influenced whatever else was going on at that time in history (for example, how the Protestant Revolution influenced the development of science). Our program offers a perspective rooted in the past and extending into the future and our students are fascinated by the continuity and connections that our program creates.

Another great reason to choose Liberal Arts at Marianopolis is its flexibility. Because our goal is to help you prepare for a wide variety of university programs in Social Science and the Arts, our program offers greater flexibility to customize your education than you will find in most Liberal Arts programs. The optional part of the program lets you choose up to seven courses from the Social Sciences, Fine Arts, Literature, Mathematics, Modern Languages or Theatre. Basically, you get to create the program that most interests you and helps you to prepare for the path you want to follow in university.

Another wonderful difference about Liberal Arts at Marianopolis is our size. Ours is a small program, with class sizes of about 30 students and amazing support from expert teachers, who are dedicated to your success at Marianopolis and university. You become close to the students in your program. Time and time again our graduates tell us that the friendships they made at Marianopolis continue throughout their lives.

Here are some more interesting things that you can do if you study Liberal Arts at Marianopolis:

Liberal Arts lecture series

A tradition in the program is the annual lecture series, where students hear from renowned speakers whose research and contributions mirror the open perspective of the Liberal Arts. They include historians, art curators, economists and jurists.

The annual Arts Trip

At Marianopolis, Thanksgiving weekend is a chance to take a guided tour of the arts scene in Boston or New York City. With Marianopolis art teachers as your guide, you visit museums, take architectural tours and explore arts venues. To find out more, visit Arts Trip.

Go international

Amsterdam, Berlin, Florence, Madrid, Paris and Ladakh, India are just some of the places where students have gone as part of their Marianopolis experience. You can also participate in study trips to places such as Cuba and Mexico, excellent places to practice Spanish!

Consider the Marianopolis Liberal Arts program if you:

  • are interested in ideas and their origins
  • enjoy integrated learning where instructors build on material from other courses
  • want to belong to a community of learners with shared goals and experiences and with a love of teamwork and collaborative spirit.

If you’re worried about a competitive environment or your R-Score, don’t be: while it’s true that Marianopolis students are demanding of themselves, they are first and foremost supportive of one another and part of a close-knit, caring community. Furthermore, because at Marianopolis you are surrounded by other strong students, the group strength boosts your own R-score. Indeed, R-Score is calculated so that the strength of your group is taken into account. This means that your own R-Score automatically benefits from the fact that Marianopolis attracts strong students. The average R-Score of Marianopolis students is consistently higher than the average R-Score of students at other colleges. If you need support, we provide it, from peer tutoring, to language monitors and writing help.



As a Liberal Arts student at Marianopolis, you are part of a college with a stellar record of academic achievement. For over 100 years, Marianopolis has been supporting motivated young people and helping them get into their first-choice program at the world’s top universities.

Year after year, about 90 percent of our students are accepted by their first-choice university. Every year, several Marianopolis Liberal Arts students go directly to Law at McGill University, the University of Ottawa and Université de Montréal. Some leave after one year to study at other top Canadian schools or in the Ivy League and at the most prestigious European universities.

No other school can match our dedication to student success in the classroom and beyond or our on-time graduation rate (most Marianopolis Liberal Arts students finish the program in two years and all are exceedingly well prepared for university). Welcoming students from all cultures, faiths and social and economic backgrounds is part of our Mission. We provide scholarships and financial aid to students, based on both need and merit.


The greater flexibility of the Liberal Arts program at Marianopolis lets you create your own profile.

Because you can choose from a broad range of courses in Creative Arts, Literature, Mathematics, Modern Languages, Social Science and Theatre, you can follow a wide range of interests and fulfill the prerequisite requirements for numerous university programs. You may also participate in a certificate in Environmental Studies, International Studies, Law and Social Justice, Native Studies, Gender and Sex/uality or Third World Studies.


The application deadline is March 1 and you can apply online at bemarianopolis.ca.

The basic entrance requirement for admission to Marianopolis is the Quebec Diploma of Secondary Studies and the following:

  • Prerequisite: No specific prerequisites beyond the general CEGEP entrance requirements.
  • Letter of intent submitted with the application. This letter explains why you would be a good candidate for the program and includes any extracurricular or school-related activities.
  • Grades:
    • Overall average: 80%

Simply select Liberal Arts as your first-choice program in your application. You may also select a second-choice program.

Students applying from the IB-MYP Program automatically receive a 2% bonus in the calculated admission averages.

NB Requirements for admission are subject to change based on the number of applicants and space available in a given program.



College-level programs are made up of two components, General Education, which is part of all programs, and Specific Education, which are your concentration courses.


While all CEGEP students take English, Humanities and Physical Education courses as part of the General Education component, as a Liberal Arts student, you will benefit from English and Humanities courses that are tailored to your program.


The four English courses in Liberal Arts give you a chronological overview of some of the great literary works and their contexts, mainly in the Western tradition.
They also amplify and reflect what you learn in other Liberal Arts offerings.

Required courses:

  • Introduction to College English
  • Epic, Romance, and Drama
  • English Literary Survey Since 1800
  • Seminar: Modernism and Critical Theory

Optional courses:

  • Beat Generation
  • War Literature,
  • Screenwriting
  • Literature and Imagination,
  • Travel Writing
  • American Literature


These courses survey successive historical periods and are related in context or approach to topics you will cover in English, History, Art History and/or Philosophy.

Required courses:

  • Cornerstones of Medieval Knowledge
  • 19th Century Thinkers
  • Wars: Just and Unjust


At the core of Specific Education (or concentration courses) in the Liberal Arts program are a number of areas of study (known as disciplines or subjects at the college level). You must take 11 courses from the following areas. You may take additional courses in these areas as part of your program’s optional component.

Art History

Art History studies the development of art in its historical context.

Required Course:

  • Medieval and Renaissance Art

Optional Courses:

  • Roots of Art
  • Art from the 16th to the 19th Century
  • 20th Century Art

Ancient Civilization

Ancient Civilization introduces you to the world of antiquity and investigates the origins of Western thought and culture.

Required Course:

  • Ancient World


History helps you understand the past and present worlds, broadens your understanding of culture and widens your perspective on personal identity. You will gain an appreciation of social dynamics and how multiple interpretations can be applied to historical facts and events.

Required courses:

  • Post-Classical History
  • History of the 19th and 20th Centuries

Optional Courses:

  • Canadian History, Quebec History,
  • American History, History of Contemporary Issues


Methodology focuses on the basic research concepts common to all the Liberal Arts, concentrating especially on the principles of logic and mathematics, and the historical development of the scientific method. Methodology lets you integrate several disciplines in a final work of scholarship.

Required courses:

  • Research Methods in Liberal Arts
  • Principles of Logic and Mathematics
  • History and Methodology of Science
  • Integrative Project: Liberal Arts


Philosophy is defined as the love of wisdom, the science of the sciences or the search for the principles underlying science, religion and morality. Perhaps its most basic characteristic is an unyielding commitment to the pursuit of truth.

Required courses:

  • Ancient Philosophy
  • Modern Philosophy

Optional courses:

  • Existentialism
  • The Problem of God
  • Wisdom of India
  • Medical Ethics
  • What is Justice?
  • Eastern Philosophies

Religious Studies

Religion is one of the most powerful forces in human history. The study of religion is therefore crucial if we want to understand ourselves and our world. Religious Studies explores varied religious traditions, focusing in particular on scriptures and how their interpretations affect our lives.

Required Course:

  • Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

Optional courses:

  • Eastern Religions
  • Mysticism
  • Death and Dying


LIBERAL ARTS (29 to 30 Courses)


  • 4 English*
  • 3 Humanities
  • 3 Physical Education
  • 2 French

*Your English and Humanities courses are tailored to your program.


  • Ancient Philosophy
  • Ancient World
  • Early Modern Philosophy
  • History and Methodology of Science
  • History of the 19th and 20th Centuries
  • Integrative Project
  • Post-Classical History
  • Principles of Logic and Mathematics
  • Religious Studies: Judaism, Christianity and Islam
  • Research Methods
  • Thematic Studies in History of Art


  • Administration (including Marketing)
  • Anthropology
  • Art History
  • Biology
  • Cinema
  • Economics
  • English Literature
  • Fine Arts
  • French Literature
  • Geography
  • German
  • History
  • Mathematics*
  • Music (General)
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Theatre


  • English Exit Examination
  • Comprehensive Assessment (Épreuve synthèse)
  1. *Mathematics includes Calculus I, Calculus II and Linear Algebra. For more information see the Marianopolis course calendar at bemarianopolis.ca/admissions/publications-and-forms
  2. Detailed course outlines are also available for all Mathematics courses. If you have questions about Math, please contact the Marianopolis Math Department Chair Christopher Turner.


Liberal Arts

Semester 1
  • English – Classical Texts in Translation
  • French
  • Physical Education
  • Research Methods in Liberal Arts
  • Ancient World
  • Ancient Philosophy
  • Judaism, Christianity and Islam

Liberal Arts

Semester 2
  • English – English Literary Survey To 1800
  • Humanities – Cornerstone of Medieval Knowledge
  • Post-Classical History I -Fall of Rome to the French Revolution
  • Thematic Studies in History of Art – Medieval and Renaissance Art
  • Principles of Logic & Mathematics
  • Choose 1 Issue course*
  • Choose 1 Exploration course*

Liberal Arts

Semester 3
  • English – English Literary Survey Since 1800
  • Humanities – Nineteenth Century Thinkers
  • Physical Education
  • Post-Classical History II – History of the 19th and 20th centuries
  • Modern Philosophy
  • Choose 1 Issue course*
  • Choose 1 Exploration course*
  • Choose 1 Application course*

Liberal Arts

Semester 4
  • English – Modernism and Critical Theory
  • Humanities – Wars Just & Unjust
  • French
  • Physical Education
  • The History and Methodology of Science
  • Integrative Project
  • Choose 1 Issue course*
  • Choose 1 Application course*

*NOTE: Elective courses and Issues courses are chosen from the disciplines listed in the Optional Component of the program.



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If you have questions about the liberal arts program, please contact

Patrizia Barbone
Liberal and Creative Arts Department Chair
514.931.8792, ext. 375

Dolores Chew
Coordinator, Liberal Arts Program
514.931.8792, ext. 381

For more information on applying

Admissions Office
514.931.8792, ext. 300

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