Looking to the past to understand the present and shape the future

Liberal Arts, also known as Histoire et civilisation, is a two-year pre-university program in which you explore the history of western civilization, informed by Indigenous and non-western perspectives. Through the lens of history, philosophy, literature, and religious studies, students develop a chronological understanding of the ideas and events that have fashioned our world.


Liberal Arts is the program for you if you are passionate about knowledge, curious, an intellectual rebel, interested in complex ideas, challenge preconceived notions, keen on answering life's big questions, and drawn to balancing creativity and analysis.


  • Anthropology
  • Art History
  • Classical Studies
  • Cinema
  • Communication Studies
  • Fine Arts
  • Geography
  • History
  • International Studies
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Literature, Languages
  • Mathematics
  • Museology
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies
  • Research
  • Sociology
  • Teaching, Education
  • Theatre, Performance
  • Translation Studies


The dedicated teachers of our program have two goals: to mentor you to become the best university candidate possible and to share with you their love of knowledge for its own sake.

Liberal Arts at Marianopolis is a small honours program that structures semesters in chronological order – from the Ancient world to the Medieval, Modern and Contemporary. This way, you make easy connections between the different ways of examining the rich and exciting history of civilization.   

Along the way you get to experience life as a university student thanks to unique partnerships with McGill and Concordia universities. Optional placements in local organizations give you hands-on experience in the real world.

You also get the benefit of all the many co-curricular activities that make the Marianopolis experience so enriching and memorable. Trips to museums, architectural tours, seminars with visiting professors, participating in our annual arts festival, connecting with our amazing graduates who return to campus to connect with our current students – all this and more characterizes what it means to be a student at our college and fits perfectly with being a Liberal Arts student.

What is also of great appeal is that in addition to core courses, you select seven electives from a wide offering in Social Sciences, Fine Arts, Literature, Communications and Math, the latter of high importance if you are considering university programs with Math prerequisites.

At the end of two years, you will graduate from Marianopolis with a deep understanding of the events and ideas that have shaped our world, able to use important skills such as analysis, critical thinking and research, and ready for a broad range of fields in university.

“If some institutions wonder, like their students, about their own identity and purpose, Marianopolis seems to know exactly what it is: a safe and challenging space; a warm and spirited community; a place to be different; a setting for intellectual, emotional and social development that is second to none.”

Olivia Mappin-Kasirer, Class of ’17, Liberal Arts



Methodology in the Liberal Arts

Ancient World: Graeco-Roman Civilization

Ancient Philosophy: Socrates, Plato and Aristotle

Judaism, Christianity and Islam: Sacred Books, Human Histories

English: Classical Literature


Physical Education


Medieval and Renaissance Art

Post Classical History I: Feudalism to Modernity

Math, Logic and Critical Thinking

Option course

English: Literary Genres - Survey to 1800


Humanities: Knowledge -  Medieval


Post-Classical History II: 19th and 20th Centuries

Modern Philosophy: From Descartes to Nietzsche

Science: History and Method 

Option course

Option course

English: Literary Themes - Survey since 1800 

Humanities: World Views -19th Century Thinkers

Physical Education


Integrative Project course

Special Topics in Liberal Arts

Option course

Option course

Option course

English: Modernism and Critical Theory

Humanities: Just and Unjust Wars

Physical Education

Option courses: choose from courses in  Art History, Cinema, Economics, Film Production, Fine Arts, Human Biology, Mathematics and Statistics, Music, Philosophy, Psychology, Religious Studies, Spanish, Theatre.


Want to know more?

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

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

For more information on applying

Admissions Office
514.931.8792, ext. 300