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Liberal Studies

Degree Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
Faculty Faculty of Social Science and Humanities
Location UOIT, Downtown Oshawa
Start dates September
Length Four years
Program load Full-time
OUAC code DLS
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The program is designed to equip students with the skills and knowledge necessary to adapt to and thrive in a dynamic employment environment.

General information

Pursuing the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Liberal Studies program entails deepening one’s capacity for effective communication, incisive analysis, creative thinking, and critical self-reflection. The program is designed to equip students with the skills and knowledge necessary to adapt to and thrive in a dynamic employment environment. It is not just a university graduate’s overall sum of knowledge, but the capacity to increase, deepen, distribute and apply that knowledge, which matters most in an ever-changing world.

Preparing students to flourish in their personal and professional lives informs the holistic, interdisciplinary, inquiry-driven approach of the Liberal Studies program. Creating awareness and compassion, fostering civic engagement, and nurturing the needs of the 'whole student’ are central to the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities’ mission to equip students with the intellectual and interpersonal skills they need to excel in all facets of life.

Admission requirements

Current Ontario secondary school students must complete the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with six 4U or 4M courses, including English (ENG4U).

Note: Admission is competitive. The specific average or standing required for admission varies from year to year. Students are selected by taking into consideration a wide range of criteria including school marks, distribution of subjects taken, and performance in subjects relevant to the academic program. Possession of the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance. Preference will be given to applicants with the best qualifications.


Last year's cut-off N/A
Expected cut-off Low 70s

How to apply

The application process and important dates/deadlines are outlined on our admissions website:
• Ontario secondary school applicants
• Ontario secondary school graduates
• Canadian out-of-province high school applicants
• international applicants
• mature applicants (over 21 and never attended post-secondary)
• transfer applicants
• General Arts and Science (GAS) applicants
• home-schooled applicants

Experiential learning

A limited number of fourth-year students are granted an opportunity to participate in a learning experience with a community organization. The practicum course consists of 100 hours of fieldwork, several in-class seminars and a set of academic assignments. 

Career opportunities

  • community activist
  • community organizing and outreach
  • federal and provincial government administrator
  • government researcher and policy analyst
  • graduate studies in social science and humanities disciplines 
  • human rights advocate
  • policy analysis in business, government or non-profit organizations
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