Arts and Sciences

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The Arts and Sciences program at Marianopolis, also known as Sciences, lettres et arts or the DEC intégré, is a two-year, pre-university program that allows students to study in a wide variety of fields and to make connections between their different courses. Arts and Sciences is only offered at a few colleges.

Two words best describe this program: well-rounded and broad. If you have many interests, wish to continue following Science and Math courses while exploring various Social Science courses, and also welcome the opportunity to take an art course, the Arts and Sciences program is for you. In fact, many universities and employers prefer applicants who show an interest in a wide range of subjects. This tells them that you can think outside the box, learn new skills and solve problems.

WHY CHOOSE ARTS AND SCIENCES AT MARIANOPOLIS?

Because you want to study the Sciences and you also want to learn about things like Art History, International Politics and Psychology. As a Marianopolis Arts and Sciences student you get amazing support from your expert teachers, who come from all departments and help you make connections between the various areas of study.

Ours is also a small program, where you take most of your courses with other Arts and Sciences students. You become close to the students in your program while still having the opportunity to meet students from other programs in about a third of your classes. Time and time again our graduates tell us that the friendships they made at Marianopolis continue throughout their lives.

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.

Here are some interesting things that you can do if you study Arts and Sciences at Marianopolis:

Arts Trip

This weekend visit to an arts mecca, such as Boston or New York, is a chance to take a guided tour of the arts scene. With your art teacher as your guide, you see in person the artwork you studied in class. You also take architectural tours and explore arts venues. To find out more, visit Arts Trip.

ArtsFest

Every spring, the Marianopolis campus becomes one big arts show. There is every type of art all over campus, from music recitals to public readings, journal launches, film screenings and art exhibitions. The many faculty members who are artists show their work, as do Marianopolis students. Fourth-semester ALC students present creative projects as part of their course work. Is there a better way for aspiring artists and writers to immerse themselves in art or to showcase their work?

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. Students can also participate in study trips to places such as Cuba and Mexico, excellent places to practice Spanish!

Certificates

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

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WHAT CAN I DO WITH A DEC IN ARTS AND SCIENCES?

As an Arts and Science student you will take Science university prerequisites and Social Science courses, which means that you will be prepared for admission into virtually any university programs, including:

  • Anatomy
  • Architecture
  • Astrophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Biomedical Computing
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Cell Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Dentistry
  • Dietetics/Nutrition
  • Ecology
  • Engineering (Aerospace, Building, Chemical, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Mechanical, Mining, Software)
  • Environmental Science
  • Exercise Science
  • Food Science
  • Forestry
  • Genetics
  • Geology
  • Mathematics (including Actuarial Mathematics)
  • Medicine
  • Microbiology/ Immunology
  • Nursing Science
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Pharmacology
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Physiology
  • Physiotherapy
  • Psychology
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Zoology

“My biggest worry before coming to Marianopolis was the challenging nature of the Arts and Sciences program and of Marianopolis itself. In fact, all of my classmates helped each other with assignments and posted study guidelines online for each other so the challenge wasn’t competing with one another but rather competing with ourselves, to do the best we possibly could.”

YU XIN SHEN, CLASS OF ‘15 ARTS AND SCIENCES

SEMESTER SNAPSHOTS

As an Arts and Sciences student, your English and Humanities courses are tailored to your program. Your courses will be integrated, which means that the courses touch on common themes and similar issues from various viewpoints.

SEMESTER 1

Introduction to College English
Physical Education
Western Civilization
Differential Calculus
Chemistry I
General Biology I

Choice of:
Introduction to Studio Art
OR
16th to 19th Century Art


SEMESTER 2

English: Literary Genres
Humanities: Knowledge
French
Physical Education
Integral Calculus
Dynamics of Social Change
Mechanics

Choice of:
Thematic Studies in History of Art
OR
Introduction to Studio Art


SEMESTER 3

English: Literary Themes
Humanities: World Views
Psychology of Human Behaviour
International Politics and Economics
Linear Algebra I

Choice of:
Biology II OR Optics, Waves and Modern Physics

MAIN GRID
Choice of:
Organic Chemistry
Language Exploration
Social Science Exploration
OR
ARTS GRID
Choice of:

Organic Chemistry
Language Exploration
Creative Workshop


SEMESTER 4

English: Adapted to Program
Humanities: Adapted to Program
French
Probability & Statistics
Integrative Course

Choice of:
Biology II OR Electricity & Magnetism

MAIN GRID
Creative Expression
OR
ARTS GRID
Contemporary Social Issues

Language Exploration: Spanish II, Spanish III, German II

Social Science Exploration: Courses explore various contemporary social issues from the perspective of a number of Social Science disciplines

Creative Expression: Choices include Art, Art History, Creative Writing, Music and Theatre

Contemporary Social Issues: These courses are designed to build on the knowledge and skills that students have acquired in Social Science courses

Creative Workshop: Courses use techniques, procedures and languages with a view to creating or interpreting a work of art

Want to know more?

If you have questions about the Arts and Sciences program, please contact:

Margaret Livingstone
Coordinator, Arts and Sciences Program
514.931.8792, ext 407
m.livingstone@marianopolis.edu

For more information on applying

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