A certificate is an attestation that a student has completed a series of courses and activities centering on a particular theme. Unique to Marianopolis and open to students in all programs, certificates allow motivated students to integrate their knowledge and enrich their understanding of the chosen theme while completing the requirements for their DEC. While students take specific courses to complete the certificate requirements, they are not required to take additional courses.

Environmental Studies Certificate

The Environmental Studies Certificate blends theoretical knowledge and community action through three major components: students gain an in-depth understanding of environmental issues, they educate others about environmental topics and they contribute to the betterment of the environment. Students will do so in collaboration with Greening Marianopolis, the Green Team student club and environmentally-minded groups working outside the College. 


Students in the Environmental Studies Certificate will be required to acquire a minimum of 12 points through a range of activities defined as:

  • Learn – educating others regarding such environment issue and their potential solutions by either taking an approved course, producing work for a course or attending lectures at the College or outside the College.
  • Educate – contribute to the betterment of the environment by organizing an event, an activity or publishing an article in the Papercut.
  • Act – activities done in collaboration with Greening Marianopolis, the Green Team student club, or environmentally–minded groups working outside of the College

For more information, contact Professors Rachel FaustVeronica Ponce and Michèle Saumier.

Gender and Sex/uality Studies Certificate

The Gender and Sex/uality Studies Certificate is meant to enrich college studies with a thematic emphasis on issues related to sex, gender and sexuality. Through a combination of course work and activities outside the classroom, students will enlarge their awareness of a range of contemporary concerns, such as sexist discrimination, misogyny, heterosexism, transphobia and gender stereotyping.


Students in the Gender and Sex/uality Studies Certificate will be required to take courses and participate in activities or perform tasks outside the classroom, although they will complete the majority of their certificate through course work.

Eligible courses are divided into “A” courses, which focus exclusively on sex, gender and sexuality issues, and “B” courses, which devote at least 15% of their content to such issues. Students can choose eligible courses from the following disciplines: Administration, Anthropology, Art History, Biology, Cinema, Economics, English, Fine Arts, French, Geography, History, Humanities, Integrative Project, MEQ, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies and Sociology.

Here are some activities and tasks outside the classroom:

  • one-page reflection on a book, documentary film, class lecture or guest speaker
  • display board 
  • YouTube video, co-managing the certificate Facebook page or website creation
  • community volunteer work, internship, mentorship or participant/observer placement
  • submission of an article on gender and sex/uality to a school publication
  • artwork about gender and sex/uality presented on or off-campus

A complete list of eligible courses and extracurricular activities will be included the certificate registration package. Students will get credit for any courses on the list which they have already taken. They will not need to take an eligible course every semester. They must participate for at least two semesters.

For more information, contact Professors Sarah Brand, Hugh Cawker, Mariah HamelAngelique KoumouzelisVivian Ralickas and Wendy Richardson.

Law and Social Justice Certificate

The Law and Social Justice Certificate provides students with an opportunity to study the relationship between the law and society. An important goal of the certificate is to stimulate critical thinking about the dynamic interaction between the law and political, sociological, historical, economic, religious and other factors in society.


Students in the Law and Social Justice Certificate will be required to:

  • complete successfully a total of five eligible courses
  • choose four of the five eligible courses from a minimum of 3 disciplines in the Social Science area
  • write a research paper or complete a project in each of the five courses on a topic pertinent to Law and Social Justice mutually agreed upon by the student and the instructor
  • participate in student forums on legal issues of the day
  • attend and participate in seminars and lectures by guest speakers
  • participate in simulated court cases.

The list of eligible courses for the certificate will be available in the certificate registration package. Courses on this list which students may have already taken at the College will count for credit.

For more information, contact Professor Stuart Kruger.

Indigenous Studies Certificate

The Indigenous Studies Certificate is designed to give students an in-depth understanding of Indigenous perspectives and the opportunity to explore Indigenous issues in multiple disciplines. The focus is on the successes and concerns of the various Canadian communities, as well as their economics, politics, spirituality and cultures. 


Students in the Indigenous Studies Certificate will be required to complete academic or scholarly work pertaining to Indigenous topics, as well as attend on- and off-campus activities, such as creative workshops, festivals, films, community outreach opportunities and guest lectures from leaders, scholars and Elders. Students will choose among four paths, which lead to a variety of courses and activities. Students may also:

  • interact with political and cultural leaders from Indigenous communities in and around Montreal
  • attend conferences, festivals and events at local educational and cultural institutions
  • learn first-hand about the various Indigenous understandings of ecological and environmental matters
  • participate in or organize your own workshops on Indigenous arts.

The list of eligible courses for the certificate will be available in the certificate registration package. Courses on this list which students may have already taken at the College will count for credit.

For more information, contact Professors Annie Khatchadourian, Sophia Koutsoyannis and Rachel Levine.

Third World Studies Certificate

The Third World Studies certificate is for students who wish to gain a more in-depth understanding of Third World issues, to undertake Third World-related studies at the university level, or to pursue careers related to Third World concerns. The certificate seeks to provide students with the opportunity to explore a wide range of issues to complement their studies at Marianopolis. This is done through a variety of extra-curricular activities, including lectures, volunteer work and trips.


In order to qualify for the Third World Studies Certificate, students must complete a combination of course work and certificate activities.

Eligible courses fall under two categories: “A” courses, which focus exclusively on Third World issues and “B” courses, which have at least 15% content relating to the Third World. Selected courses in the following disciplines are eligible: Anthropology, English, Humanities, Political Science, Religious Studies, Philosophy, Sociology, Economics, History, Modern Languages, Geography, Administration, Music and Science. The full list of eligible courses is posted each semester prior to registration on the Third World Studies Certificate bulletin board.

The following is a list of activities students can take part in to complete the requirements for the certificate:

  • Amnesty International
  • Fair Trade coffee sales
  • Festivals (three or more films or performances)
  • Website
  • Free the Children campaign
  • Lecture, film or performance
  • Photography (attend all activities and take pictures; film supplied
  • Third World Café (all students are expected to be involved)
  • Third World Studies Journal
  • Volunteer Work with an NGO (eight hours minimum)
  • World Development Day

For more information, contact Professors Dolores Chew, Philip Dann, and Maurice Dufour.