Pre-University Programs

Social Science


A new version of this program is being implemented in the Fall 2023 semester.

The Social Science program offers a broad-based pre-university program which enables students to study, from many perspectives, aspects of human society and behaviour as well as how we influence the world around us. Students have the opportunity to explore how our society works including, but not limited to, the understanding of human evolution, how people vote, factors in economic growth, causes of war, religious rituals, human population trends, mental illnesses and cross-cultural awareness. This preparation combines studies in general education and social science disciplines. The program’s greatest advantage lies in the depth and breadth of knowledge and understanding that students acquire. Graduates of this program will be well prepared for university studies in broad range of fields related to Social Science, including Commerce.

Where Social Science can take you!

This program is designed for students who wish to furthur their studies or pursue careers in fields such as Advertising, Anthropology, Broadcasting, Communications, Counselling, Criminal Justice, Ecology, Education, Environmental Studies, Economics, Geriatrics, History, Journalism, Labour Relations, Law, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Recreation, Social Work, Sociology, Urban Studies and other diverse areas of study. The Commerce profile allows students to continue in Accounting, Administration, Management, Marketing or other business-related fields.

What distinguishes the program offered at JAC from others like it?

The Social Science program offers a highly flexible approach to social sciences, giving students the opportunity to choose the profile which best suits their own interest(s) while maintaining a broad-based education in social science disciplines and in research methods. Combined with highly qualified teachers and innovative pedagogy, this program equips students with solid academic and research skills.

Students will have the opportunity to acquire a comprehensive understanding of research methods, strategies for evaluating reliable sources and the opportunity to complete a final major paper based on a research question of interest as part of their Integration in the Social Sciences course in their final semester.

This program is for you if…

You are hard-working, motivated student who is eager to understand the world around you. In particular, this program is well suited for students with a keen interest in developing interpersonal relations, effective oral and written communication, analytical and critical thinking and most importantly, a drive to understand society, past, present, and future.

Learning communities

Students in certain profiles will be pre-registered in Learning Communities. In other words, the same students will be registered in each of the two sections, forming a cohesive group. The Learning Communities model gives students a better opportunity to learn collaboratively and make friends. The result is a cohort of engaged students who benefit from a network of peer support and feel more connected to their program of study.

Social Science profiles

General Social Science profile: Our most open and flexible profile. In addition to the compulsory courses in psychology, history, economics, and methodology, students can explore Social Science option courses in anthropology, business, classics, geography, philosophy, political science, religion and sociology.

With Mathematics profile: Designed for students who wish to study mathematics and a variety of Social Science disciplines, students in this profile must complete Calculus 1, Calculus 2 and Linear Algebra.

Commerce profile: Designed for students interested in a business-related filed at university. In addition to the compulsory courses, students in this profile must complete Calculus I, Calculus II, Linear Algebra, Introduction to Business, and at least one Level 2 courses in both business and economics.

CEGEP-Online University agreement (DEC-BAC)
A partnership with Athabasca University provides a route for eligible graduates of the Social Science Commerce profile DEC program to complete a bachelor’s degree in Management or Human Resources and Labour Relations in two years online.

Psychology profile:Designed for students interested in studying psychology at university. In addition to the compulsory courses. students in this profile must complete Applied Quantitative Methods in mathematics, Human Biology and at least one Level 2 psychology course.

Justice and Society profile: Designed for students interested in taking selected Level 1 and Level 2 courses that explore the ever-evolving concepts of justice, individual and collective rights, inequalities, and the distribution of power in society.

Global Citizenship profile: Designed for students interested in taking selected Level 1 and Level 2 courses that challenge them to understand communities, cultures and major crises facing humanity at a global scale.

Admission Requirements

CEGEP Requirements

A Secondary School Diploma which includes:
  • Secondary 5 Language of Instruction
  • Secondary 5 Second Language
  • Secondary 4 Mathematics
  • Secondary 4 Science and Technology
    OR Secondary 4 Applied Science and Technology
  • Secondary 4 History and Citizenship Education

Program Profile Prerequistes

The following Social Science profiles have specific high school Mathematics prerequisites:

Social Science with Math ~ Sec. V Mathematics Technical & Scientific Option OR Sec. V Mathematics Science Option
Social Science Commerce ~ Sec. V Mathematics Technical & Scientific Option OR Sec. V Mathematics Science Option

OR a Secondary School Vocational Diploma which includes:
  • Secondary 5 Language of Instruction
  • Secondary 5 Second Language
  • Secondary 4 Mathematics

Please Note

Applicants who have not studied in Québec must have education deemed equivalent by the College.

How To Apply

John Abbott College is affiliated with the Service régional d’admission du Montréal métropolitain (SRAM) and uses its online application service.

The application deadline is March 1 (Fall semester) and November 1 (Winter semester).

Warning: The documents and payment must be submitted by the deadline.


Program start: Fall and Winter


To apply:

  • Complete the online SRAM application
  • Select John Abbott College and then pre-university programs. Then select your profile:
    • 300.M0 Social Science
      Global Citizenship
      Justice and Society
    • 300.M1 Social Science with Mathematics Prerequisite: Math TS5 or SN5
      Social Science with Mathematics
  • Upload any necessary documents directly to your online SRAM application

Students whose prerequisites are more than five years old should contact the Admissions office.

Admissions Office
514-457-6610 x5358, 5355 & 5361

Social Science Department

Student for a Day Program

You are interested in John Abbott College and would like spend a few hours on campus?

Please follow this link to fill out the form Student for a day, and someone will contact you to set up a time for you to come to JAC and discover our campus.

During the tour, you will visit our newly renovated library, our sports facilities, the campus store, the cafeteria, etc. You will also be shown all the services offered on “Main Street”. If you have questions about application and programs, you can speak to someone in Admissions.

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