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DEC in Social Sciences - Civilization and Citizenship (profile 300.A1)

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DEC | 300.A0 | DEC in Social Sciences - Civilization and Citizenship (profile 300.A1)

The Social Sciences - Civilization and Citizenship DEC program prepares students for a wide spectrum of university programs by exposing them to various disciplinary perspectives on humankind and our world. This program allows students to acquire a solid social science education focusing on the fundamental issues of the modern world through subjects such as geography, history, economics, politics, psychology and sociology. Throughout their studies, students will learn to identify, analyse and explain the main issues affecting the contemporary international scene.

The program has three profiles: Civilization and Citizenship, International Studies, and Individual and Society. The first focuses on a solid social science education with a focus on international realities; the second consists of an introduction to the fundamental principles of management and mathematics; and the third comprises prerequisites for psychology and educational psychology programs in universities.

As of now, at LaSalle College, students have the option to study in both French and English. It is our bilingual option.

Bilingual Option

Expand your horizons by following between 25 and 40 % of your classes in the second language.


Students have the opportunity to travel for their project synthesis.

Success Plan

A variety of tools are available to favour both your educational and professional successes.

The three profiles in the Social Sciences program focus on interculturalism. Their goal is to invite students to see themselves as citizens of the world. The emphasis is on intercultural education and responsible citizenship.

This program leads to a Diploma of College Studies (DEC) in Social Sciences (300.A0), recognized by the ministère de l'Éducation et de l'Enseignement supérieur (MEES).

  • Criminology
  • Education
  • History
  • Sociology
  • Political Science
  • International Relations
  • Philosophy
  • Religion

Have obtained a Secondary School Diploma (DES) and completed the following program prerequisite:

  • Mathematics CST 4 (or Math 416)


Have obtained a Professional Studies Diploma (DEP) and completed the following courses:

  • Language of Instruction from Secondary V
  • Second Language from Secondary V
  • Mathematics CST 4 (or Math 416)


Have obtained an equivalent education or an instruction deemed sufficient. Every case will be analysed by the College.

  • Introduction to Sociology (45 h)
  • Quantitative Methods (60 h)
  • World Geography (45 h)
  • Introduction to Western Civilisation (45 h)
  • Introduction to Psychology (45 h)
  • Research Methods in Social Sciences (60 h)
  • Introduction to Global Economy (45 h)
  • Culture and Ethnicity (45 h)
  • History of the Americas (45 h)
  • International Relations (45 h)
  • Québec Society (45 h)
  • Geography: Resources and Development (45 h)
  • Culture and the Media (45 h)
  • Globalization (45 h)
  • Integration Activity (45 h)

* The College reserves the right to substitute certain courses.

  • 3 Physical Education courses (90 h)
  • 3 Humanities courses (150 h)
  • 4 Language and Literature courses (240 h)
  • 2 Second Language courses (90 h)
  • 2 complementary courses (90 h)

This training is offered in English, in French or as a bilingual option. Please consult the Bilingual options section for more details.

The use of a laptop computer is highly recommended (learn more). Standard or student license software must be installed when requested by teachers.

The following features are required for PCs or Macs:

  • Processor: Intel I5 minimum
  • Memory: 8 GB recommended
  • Hard drive: 500 GB minimum
  • Screen: 14 inches minimum
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi and LAN
  • Ports: minimum of one USB 3.0 port

We recommend purchasing an external numeric keyboard if your laptop does not already have one.

Required software: Office Suite for Windows or Mac (Word, PowerPoint, Excel).