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Social Science Program Coordinator
Cynthia J. Martin
Office: 5D.16-1
Local: 4157

The Social Science Program at Dawson College is an exciting and diverse pre-university program that prepares students for university studies in the social sciences, as well as law, education and administration by offering a sequence of courses in Anthropology, Biology, Business Administration, Classics, Economics, English, French, Geography, History, Humanities, Math, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religion and Sociology.

Students entering Social Science may take one, two or three mathematics courses depending on their profile. See the descriptions of the profiles and accompanying course lists for more precise information.

Social Science profiles

Child Studies

Focusing on the role of children in family and society, this profile is a great path for those interested in entering the field of Education at university.

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The Commerce Profile will allow you to explore the foundations of business, take mathematics courses and participate in teamwork. This is great preparation for further studies in commerce at the university level.

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Environmental Studies

The Environmental Studies Profile will give you a deeper understanding of environmental issues from a Social Science perspective.

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General Social Science

General Social Science gives you the opportunity to explore and discover various disciplines at CEGEP before committing to more focused studies at university.

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International Business Studies

This profile grounds your exploration of the Social Sciences in the fields of business and globalization. It also gives you the mathematics classes you need to pursue studies in Business and Commerce at the university level.

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Law, Society and Justice

In a small community of enthusiastic students interested in pursuing careers in law and public service, you will explore the relationship between law and society.

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North-South Studies

This profile, which includes a three-week trip to a community in the Global South, will give you an overview of Social Science disciplines related to international development.

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In the Psychology Profile, you will learn about the human mind and behaviour through courses, guest lectures and laboratory studies.

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Travel and Tourism Studies

Understand the human dimensions of travel, including immigration, global markets, travel industries, and the diversity of our global populations in the Travel and Tourism Studies Profile.

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In the thematic profiles, students are enrolled with a cohort – that is they take specific and general courses together in addition to participating in enrichment activities together, such as trips, seminars, and workshops related to the theme of the profile.

University fields of study

A Diploma of College Studies (DEC) in Social Science allows students to pursue university studies in any social science field, provided the appropriate pre-requisite courses have been taken. Graduates then go on to rewarding careers in archeology, business, criminology, international development, education, journalism, law, politics, psychology, tourism and urban planning, among many others.

Program objectives

The Social Science program seeks to develop the abilities of students to research, analyze, and communicate within the context of a wider awareness of the world. The goals of the Social Science Program are:

  • to acquaint students with the principal concepts and practices in the social science disciplines
  • to help students develop an understanding of the scientific method and the objectives and current methods of social science research
  • to develop the language skills of the students so that they can communicate at an appropriate level generally, and specifically, in the vocabulary of the social sciences
  • to equip the students with the capacity to establish relationships between the principal elements and concepts of the social science disciplines
  • to help students integrate the disciplinary knowledge into a coherent framework.

Last Modified: October 15, 2020