WHAT IS SOCIAL SCIENCE?

Social Science lets you explore the origin, institutions and laws of the world that humankind has created.

Social Scientists are interested in people and how they interact with one another and their environment. They are the politicians, psychologists, historians and lawyers who better understand our world and tackle its many challenges. On the Commerce side, the focus is more on business — the role companies play in society and how business ethics and corporate governance shape our world.

Social Science gives you a wide range of choices and allows you to learn to analyze, think critically and conduct research, which are essential skills at university and in the workplace. Choosing Social Science in college leads to a Diplôme d’études collégiales or DEC.

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WHAT CAN I DO WITH A DEC IN SOCIAL SCIENCE?

A DEC in Social Science gives you a solid foundation that prepares you for university studies in virtually all programs in the Arts and Social Sciences.

Social Science related fields:

  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Civil Service
  • Criminology
  • Demography
  • Ecology
  • Education
  • Geography
  • Government
  • History
  • Journalism and Broadcasting
  • Law
  • Library Science
  • Political Science
  • Psychology and Counselling
  • Public Policy
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Urban Planning

Commerce-related fields

  • Accounting
  • Actuarial Mathematics
  • Administration
  • Banking
  • Business and Finance
  • Corporate Law
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Industrial Relations
  • Investment Brokerage
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marketing

WHY SHOULD I CHOOSE SOCIAL SCIENCE AT MARIANOPOLIS?  

The Social Science program provides a dynamic learning environment that focuses on your success – success at the college, at university and in your future career.

Marianopolis attracts highly motivated students and gives them the training and personal attention that foster success. Your teachers are available to you throughout the term and they are experts in their field, from lawyers, accountants and ad-agency professionals, to clinical psychologists and historians.

No other Social Science program prepares you like the one at Marianopolis. Social Science graduates tell us that they were well prepared as they started their university studies. For example, they say that it’s a real advantage that all Social Science students are trained in specialized software that is used in several university programs.

Our classes are varied, which gives you the opportunity to explore various fields of study before you reach university. You can choose one of our profiles, which allows you to specialize and create interesting links between the subjects you are focusing on.

As a Marianopolis Social Science student you will be part of an engaged group of students. Marianopolis is the only school of its kind where classes stop twice a week so that students can have free time to pursue their passions. Our students have fun preparing for Business Case Competitions and they perform extremely well. They have the chance to participate in clubs like Model UN, Global Brigades or help others on one of our humanitarian missions. Many of our graduates say that their best memories were of the friendships they made in the many activities outside the classroom that only Marianopolis offers.

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.

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THE MARIANOPOLIS DIFFERENCE

As a Social Science 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.

No other school can match our dedication to student success in the classroom and beyond or our on-time graduation rate (most Marianopolis Social Science 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.

ARE THERE DIFFERENT PROFILES?

When you choose the Social Science program at Marianopolis, you apply into one of eight profiles, each of which leads to a Social Science diploma and all of which open many doors at university.

Each profile lets you focus on one area that interests you; at the same time all profiles are broad enough to give you a general education in a range of related subjects. Learn more about the profiles below.

Certificates

You can also participate in a certificate in Environmental Studies, International Studies, Law and Social Justice, Native Studies or Third World Studies.

PROFILE OVERVIEW

Commerce

Taking the Marianopolis Commerce profile is excellent preparation for a career in accounting, finance, marketing, international business or law. As a Commerce profile student at Marianopolis, you receive the training and practice you need to succeed at university. You also take the math courses that you need for university studies in business administration, commerce, mathematics, statistics and some computer science programs. Courses like Fundamentals of Business, Sports Management, Macroeconomics and Business Psychology will allow you to explore several aspects of the business world. If you are strong academically, we encourage you to apply to Honours Commerce.

General/Open (with or without Mathematics)

The General/Open Social Science profile is a popular option and appeals to students seeking the broadest approach to the Social Sciences. If you are not sure which specific profile would be best for you, begin with the Open profile. This is the ideal introduction to several Social Science subjects and it leads to a wide range of university programs and careers. You can select introductory and advanced courses from Administration, Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies and Sociology. This profile allows you to also take up to two Math courses, which can open doors to business studies in select universities.

Global Studies and International Affairs

The Marianopolis Global Studies and International Affairs profile focuses on global citizenship and prepares you for university studies and careers that address 21st Century global issues such as environmental sustainability and social equity. It encourages you to develop a sense of civic engagement and responsibility that is grounded in a culturally relative understanding of problems, fostered through field experiences in local and international contexts.

Law, Society and Justice

In keeping with the Marianopolis Vision and Mission that pledges the Colleges to prepare students who will make “positive contributions as citizens of a complex and changing world,” this profiles addresses why laws differ from place to place and how justice and law are connected. You will learn about the concept of just society and – critical in today’s world – whether we ought to trade individual liberty for security.

The Law, Society and Justice profile stimulates critical thinking about the dynamic interaction between the law and economic, historical, political and social forces. As a Marianopolis Law, Society and Justice student you explore how social values and institutions shape the law and how the law shapes society. This is ideal if you are interested in going to law school or into criminology.

Math and Finance

Offered only at Marianopolis, the Math and Finance profile is your steppingstone to university studies that will lead to a variety of lucrative and fascinating careers where you measure and manage risk, numbers and other metrics. This profile, which we are launching in the fall 2016 semester, is excellent preparation for you if you are strong in math and see yourself in a career that is related to business analysis.

Consider the Math and Finance profile if you want to take your love of math beyond the Sciences or if you see yourself working in the business world but outside marketing and management.

Psychology

In the Marianopolis Psychology profile your teachers are experienced psychologists from a wide variety of specialty areas, such as Child Psychology, Adolescent Psychology and Psychology of Mental Disorders. You also take two courses, Human Biology and Applied Statistics, which prepare you for university studies. All of our psychology teachers are eager to share with you their knowledge, experience and enthusiasm. The Psychology profile is for you if you are interested in a people-oriented career in psychology, social work, criminology or education.

Honours Social Science

If you are academically strong with an overall average of at least 85 % and highly motivated and wish to have opportunities to get involved beyond the classroom, you are encouraged to apply to Honours*. As a Marianopolis Honours Social Science student you take an enriched introductory course and, in your last semester, the Honours Social Science Seminar, an advanced course reserved for Honours Social Science students. Nine times each semester, you participate in activities such as guest lectures and panel discussions. You hear from a high-profile politician who discusses his career path or a psychologist who presents her research, an attorney who explains life at a law firm or a journalist talking about job options

*Note: If you are applying to the Global Studies and International Affairs, Law, Society and Justice, or Psychology profile and would also like to participate in Honours, please email the Admissions team with your application number (seven-digit student number) before March 1.

Honours Commerce

If you have an overall high school average of at least 85 percent and a minimum of 85% in Math TS or SN and are motivated and curious, consider applying to Honours Commerce. As a Marianopolis Honours Commerce student, in addition to your regular courses, you will also complete at least one of the following courses: Marketing, Management, International Business or Accounting, Microeconomics, International Economics or Personal Finance and Investing, Business Psychology or Human Relations and Mediation. Honours Commerce students also participate in one stock market competition and attend five guest lectures. Past speakers have included the top executives at Guzzo Cinemas and Parasuco.

Honours Social Science and Honours Commerce students who maintain the required marks and complete the curricular and extracurricular requirements are granted a certificate of recognition upon graduation.

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WHAT ARE THE ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR SOCIAL SCIENCE AND HOW DO I APPLY?

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

The basic entrance requirement for admission to the Social Science profiles, Commerce and Math and Finance is the Quebec Diploma of Secondary Studies.

SOCIAL SCIENCE (General, Global Studies and International Affairs, Law, Society and Justice, Psychology)

  • Minimum historical admission averages:
    • Overall average: 73%

COMMERCE

  • Prerequisite:
    • Secondary V Mathematics TS (064506, 564506) or Mathematics SN (065506, 565506)
  • Minimum historical admission averages:
    • Overall average: 75%
    • Secondary IV and V Math TS or SN: 75% minimum in each course

MATH AND FINANCE

  • Prerequisite:
    • Secondary V Mathematics TS (064506, 564506) or Mathematics SN (065506, 565506)
  • Minimum historical admission averages:
    • Overall average: 85%
    • Secondary IV and V Math TS or SN: 85% minimum in each course OR
    • Overall average: 75%
    • Secondary IV and V Math TS or SN: 95% minimum in each course

Simply select one of the Social Science profiles 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.

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DIPLOMA REQUIREMENTS

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.*

SOCIAL SCIENCE (28 to 29 Courses)

GENERAL EDUCATION courses

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

SPECIFIC EDUCATION COMPONENT
INTRODUCTORY LEVEL (8 courses)

5 REQUIRED COURSES:

  • History of Western Civilization
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Macroeconomics
  • Methodology – Introduction to Research Methods
  • Quantitative Methods

3 CHOICES FROM THE FOLLOWING COURSES:

  • Calculus I (except in the Psychology Profile)
  • Fundamentals of Business
  • Humans: From Stone Age to Space Age From Stone Tools to Smart Phones (required for the Global Studies and International Affairs profile)
  • Individual and Society (required for the Law, Society and Justice profile)
  • Introduction to International Relations (required for the Law, Society and Justice and Global Studies and International Affairs profiles)
  • On the Track of the Gods
  • Philosophic Quest
  • World Geography (required for the Global Studies and International Affairs profile)

UPPER LEVEL (6 or 7 courses depending on profile)

1 REQUIRED COURSE:

  • Integrative Project in the Social Sciences

5 OR 6 UPPER-LEVEL COURSES IN THE FOLLOWING DISCIPLINES*

  • Administration
  • Anthropology
  • Biology (Human Biology, required for the Psychology Profile)
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • History
  • Mathematics (Linear Algebra or Applied Statistics)
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies
  • Sociology
  • Enrichment Course (reserved for students in Honours Social Science)

* Prerequisite: the successful completion of the introductory-level course in the same disciplines, except for Biology, which has no prerequisite and Social Statistics for which the prerequisite is Quantitative Methods.

MINISTERIAL REQUIREMENTS

  • English Exit Examination
  • Comprehensive Assessment (Épreuve synthèse)

DIPLOMA REQUIREMENTS

COMMERCE (28 Courses)

GENERAL EDUCATION COMPONENT

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

SPECIFIC EDUCATION COMPONENT
INTRODUCTORY LEVEL (8 courses)

7 REQUIRED  COURSES:

  • Calculus I
  • Fundamentals of Business
  • History of Western Civilization
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Macroeconomics
  • Methodology – Introduction to Research Methods
  • Quantitative Methods

1 CHOICE FROM THE FOLLOWING COURSES:

  • Humans: From Stone Age to Space Age From Stone Tools to Smart Phones (Anthropology)
  • Individual and Society
  • Introduction to International Relations
  • On the Track of the Gods (Religious Studies)
  • Philosophic Quest
  • World Geography

UPPER LEVEL (6 courses)

3 Required COURSES:

  • Calculus II
  • Linear Algebra I
  • Integrative Project in the Social Sciences

3 CHOICES IN THE FOLLOWING DISCIPLINES: *

  • Administration
  • Anthropology
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • History
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies
  • Sociology
  • Business Case Studies Seminar (reserved for students in Honours Commerce)

* Prerequisite: the successful completion of the introductory-level course in the same disciplines.

MINISTERIAL REQUIREMENTS

  • English Exit Examination
  • Comprehensive Assessment (épreuve synthèse)

SEMESTER SNAPSHOTS

Social Science: General Profile

Semester 1
  • English
  • French
  • Humanities
  • Physical Education
  • Western Civilization
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Research Methods

Social Science: General Profile

Semester 2
  • English
  • Humanities
  • Physical Education
  • Complementary
  • Macroeconomics
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Choose 2 Intro-level courses

Social Science: General Profile

Semester 3
  • English
  • French
  • Physical Education
  • Choose 1 Intro-level course
  • Choose 3 Upper-level courses

Social Science: General Profile

Semester 4
  • English
  • Humanities
  • Complementary
  • Integrative Project
  • Choose 3 Upper-level courses

SEMESTER SNAPSHOTS

Global Studies and International Affairs

Semester 1
  • English
  • Humanities
  • Physical Education
  • Complementary
  • Western Civilization
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Research Methods

Global Studies and International Affairs

Semester 2
  • English
  • French
  • Humanities
  • Physical Education
  • Macroeconomics
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Introduction to International Relations
  • Choose 1 Intro-level course

Global Studies and International Affairs

Semester 3
  • English
  • Humanities
  • Complementary
  • Optional Intro
  • Choose 3 Upper-level courses

Global Studies and International Affairs

Semester 4
  • English
  • French
  • Physical Education
  • Integrative Project
  • Choose 3 Upper-level courses

SEMESTER SNAPSHOTS

Law, Society and Justice

Semester 1
  • English
  • Humanities
  • Physical Education
  • Complementary
  • Western Civilization
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Research Methods

Law, Society and Justice

Semester 2
  • English
  • French
  • Humanities
  • Physical Education
  • Macroeconomics
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Individual and Society
  • Choose 1 Intro-level course

Law, Society and Justice

Semester 3
  • English
  • Humanities
  • Complementary
  • Choose 1 Intro-level course
  • Choose 3 Upper-level courses

Law, Society and Justice

Semester 4
  • English
  • French
  • Physical Education
  • Integrative Project
  • Choose 3 Upper-level courses

SEMESTER SNAPSHOTS

Psychology

Semester 1
  • English
  • Humanities
  • Physical Education
  • Complementary
  • Western Civilization
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Research Methods

Psychology

Semester 2
  • English
  • French
  • Physical Education
  • Complementary
  • Macroeconomics
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Choose 2 Intro-level courses

Psychology

Semester 3
  • English
  • Humanities
  • Physical Education
  • Choose 1 Intro-level course
  • Choose 3 Upper-level courses

Psychology

Semester 4
  • English
  • French
  • Humanities
  • Human Biology
  • Applied Statistics
  • Integrative Project
  • Choose 1 Upper-level courses
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If you have questions about the Social Science program or the Commerce profile, please contact:

Jennifer Campbell
Social Science and Commerce Department Chair and Program Coordinator
514.931.8792, ext. 341
j.campbell@marianopolis.edu

For more information on applying

Admissions Office
514.931.8792, ext. 300
admissions@marianopolis.edu

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