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    Liberal Arts

Program Code:LAT
Campus:Newnham, Seneca@York
Duration:4 Semesters (2 Years)
Start Dates:Fall, Winter,
Start dates are subject to change
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Diploma

Program Description

This program is designed for those who wish to pursue a university education. After two semesters and provided that you meet all requirements, you'll have the opportunity to apply for joint university partnership status. Your studies in LAT feature a core program rooted in a variety of humanities and social science disciplines, and emphasize skills development in literacy, numeracy and critical thinking for university level studies.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:
    • Grade 12 English: ENG4(C) or ENG4(U)
  • OR Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with the above prerequisite course(s), their equivalent(s), or appropriate Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate program credits (see Academic Upgrading).

The Importance of Learning Skills:

Student success in college requires well developed learning skills (such as being able to work independently, participate in a team, be well–organized, develop good work habits, and show initiative). These skills are as important as prior academic achievement. While it is expected that applicants would have developed these skills through previous education and life experiences, Seneca offers support to assist students with further development of these important skills. Seminars, workshops and tutoring are available at Seneca's Learning Centres.


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Your Career

The four–semester Liberal Arts diploma program could be your path to a bachelor’s degree. Our graduates have transferred to York University, University of Toronto, Ryerson, Bishop's University, D'Youville College in Buffalo, and other universities in Canada and the United States where they have received bachelor's degrees in various disciplines. Dozens of former LAT students hold master's degrees in a variety of academic disciplines. Many are enrolled in professional programs such as Law and Education, while others hold key positions in marketing, advertising, sales and other business areas.

Academic Opportunities

Graduates utilize the skills acquired in the program to enter the working world or pursue further education. Educational opportunities include:

  • applying to the joint Seneca/York program;
  • applying to the joint Seneca/University of Toronto program;
  • applying to the joint Seneca/University of Toronto Scarborough pilot program
  • applying to the joint Seneca/Trent University pilot program;
  • applying directly to University;
  • applying to continue studies at D’Youville College (Buffalo);
  • applying to continue studies at Bishop’s University (Quebec);
  • transferring to the Seneca Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies program; or
  • transferring to a Seneca degree program.

Liberal Arts - University Partnerships

Seneca and York University/University of Toronto:

With a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 or better at the end of the second semester, you may apply to enrol in one of the University Partnership Programs. Otherwise you may continue in the Standard LAT program. You’ll be required to have a minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 2.0 after the second semester to proceed in the program. If you do not achieve this minimum G.P.A. you'll be advised on other options.

Transfer credit from the LAT program combined with the university credits earned while in LAT and in the summer after graduating from the program, will give students significant advanced standing (normally starting between second and third year) in a Bachelor of Arts (BA) program at York University or the University of Toronto.

University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC)/ Trent University:

As part of pilot projects, selected students who meet specific academic requirements will be allowed to apply to University Partnerships with UTSC and Trent University.

Diploma to Degree... and Beyond

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at the following post-secondary institution(s):

General Education

One of the general education courses must be a literature course for which EAC150 is a pre-requisite.

Important Academic Dates

Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant term.


Semester 1 Course Name Hrs/Wk
EAC150 College English 3
HUM100 Humanities: The Development of Western Thought I 4
PSY191 Foundations of Psychology I 3
YKC100 Critical Thinking I 3
and ONE of the following:
MTH159 * Introduction to Mathematics (Algebra) 4
MTH259 * Topics in Modern Mathematics 4
MTH359 * Introduction to Combinatorial Mathematics 4
* Students will be placed in the appropriate level of mathematics depending on the results of placement tests.
Semester 2 Course Name Hrs/Wk
ARW250 Academic Research and Writing 3
FLS100 or
Introductory French
Introductory Spanish
HUM200 Humanities: The Development of Western Thought II 4
PSY291 Foundations of Psychology II 3
SCL191 Introduction to Sociology I 3
YKC200 Critical Thinking II 3
Semester 3 Course Name Hrs/Wk
ARW350 Academic Research and Writing II 3
FLS200 or
Intermediate French
Intermediate Spanish
HUM301 Humanities: The Development of Western Thought III 4
SCL291 Introduction to Sociology II 3
YKL100 Introduction to World Literature I 3
UNIXXX ** York/U of T/Trent Course I 3
Semester 4 Course Name Hrs/Wk
CAN604 A Social History of Canada 3
HUM389 European Art and Culture 3
HUM400 Humanities: The Development of Western Thought IV 4
YKL200 Introduction to World Literature II 3
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
UNIXXX ** York Course II 3


** Only students enrolled in the University Partnership Program with York, University of Toronto, University of Toronto Scarborough or Trent take this course. These courses are taught by York, University of Toronto, University of Toronto Scarborough or Trent faculty at the respective university campus. Students pay university tuition for these courses in addition to the normal Seneca College tuition fees.

Contact Us

Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22840
International Admissions Advisor: Ida Yee
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22405
Registration & Records Advisors:
Markham Campus: Steve Bennett
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 77434
Newnham Campus: Deanna MacDonald
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22584
Seneca@York Campus: Julie Berns
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 33008
Program Contacts:
Program Coordinator, Newnham Campus: Denise Wales
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22587
Program Coordinator, Seneca@York Campus: Shereen Hassanein
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 33437
Acting Program Chair: Camille Soucie
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22309
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