Social Sciences Courses (DEC) | LaSalle College Montréal

DEC in Social Sciences

DEC | 300.A1

A Pre-university Program in Social Sciences to Develop Informed Citizens

Focused on current issues like diversity, technology and the environment, this training will give students solid general knowledge to help them analyze and understand social realities.  

This multidisciplinary Social Sciences program is the only one of its kind in Quebec. By completing your pre-university studies at LaSalle College, you will benefit from a variety of innovative education practices adapted to society’s current learning needs.  

Practical courses where you apply theoretical concepts in the field 
Flexible exams personalized for each student to evaluate your individual strengths 
Custom formula so you can personalize your program by choosing from a diverse range of courses 
Teaching and educational outings linked to Montreal and Quebec contexts 
No textbook purchase

Throughout your DEC in Social Sciences, you will be plugged into the realities of the world and of Quebec. You will benefit from partnerships with local businesses and organizations, as well as classes where you can evolve into an informed citizen, such as:  

Technology, Power and the Individual 
Quebec Society: Diversity and Citizenship 
History of the Modern World 
International Community and Global Issues

After finishing your DEC, you will be prepared to pursue university studies in the field of your choice, such as law, communications, psychology, politics or any other related area. 

Program availability

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.

Pre-University Scholarships

Promotion: Only 300$ per semester!*

Study in a pre-university program at LaSalle College for as little as 300$ per semester!

*Some conditions apply.


  • At the Montréal campus

Real-time remote learning

  • Training provided entirely in distance mode, with a teacher and in real time (synchronous)
    • Semesters 1 to 4: two presences required on campus per semester for a maximum of 15 weekdays


  • Training that combines on-campus courses (Montréal) and live virtual classes (synchronous)

Social Sciences program objectives focus on interculturalism and invites students to see themselves as global citizens.

This program leads to a Diploma of College Studies (DEC) in Social Sciences (300.A1) recognized by the Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur (MEES).

This program is mainly designed for individuals who plan to pursue university studies in fields with career prospects.

  • Bachelor’s in Law | Lawyer – Legal Advisor – Notary
  • Bachelor’s in Political Communications and Society | Political Attaché – Research Officer
  • Bachelor’s in Economics | Economist – Market Analyst
  • Bachelor’s in Geography | Geographer – Regional Development Advisor
  • Bachelor’s in History | Historian – Research Assistant
  • Bachelor’s in Sociology | Sociologist – Immigration Officer – Research Assistant
  • Bachelor’s in Political Science | Political Scientist – Political Advisor
  • Bachelor’s in International Relations | International Development Officer – Diplomat
  • Bachelor’s in Philosophy | Philosophy Professor – Editor
  • Bachelor’s in Education | Primary and secondary teachers
  • Bachelor’s in Guidance | School Information Counselor – Guidance Counselor
  • Bachelor’s in Psychoeducation | Psychosocial Counselor – Rehabilitation Counselor
  • Bachelor’s in Special Education | Special Education Teacher
  • Bachelor’s in Psychology | Counselor – Social Worker
  • Bachelor’s in Linguistics | Lexicographer – Linguist – Reviser – Terminologist
  • Academic Work: Tools and Methods (45 hrs)
  • World Geography (45 hrs)
  • History of the Modern World (60 hrs)
  • Introduction to Psychology (45 hrs)
  • Quantitative Analysis in the Social Sciences (60 hrs)
  • Qualitative Research Methods (60 hrs)
  • Global Economy: Resources and Development (45 hrs)
  • Introduction to Political Science (45 hrs)
  • Introduction to Sociology (45 hrs)
  • Human Biology (45 hrs)
  • Calculus I (75 hrs)
  • Calculus II (60 hrs)
  • Media and Democracy (45 hrs)
  • Social Psychology (45 hrs)
  • Quebec Society: Diversity and Citizenship (45 hrs)
  • International Community and Global Issues (45 hrs)
  • Technology, Power and the Individual (45 hrs)
  • Perspectives on Montreal (45 hrs)
  • Culture and Image (45 hrs)
  • Applied Statistics (45 hrs)
  • Linear Algebra (60 hrs)
  • Integration Project (30 hrs)

* The College reserves the right to substitute some courses.

  • 3 physical education courses (90 hrs)
  • 3 philosophy courses (150 hrs)
  • 4 language and literature courses (240 hrs)
  • 2 second language courses (90 hrs)
  • 2 complementary courses (90 hrs)

We strongly recommend using a laptop computer (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: WIFI and LAN
  • Ports: Minimum of one USB 3.0 port
  • We recommend purchasing an external numeric keypad if your laptop does not already have one.

Mandatory software: Microsoft Office Suite for Windows or Mac (Word, PowerPoint, Excel)

Have earned a high school diploma (DES) and successfully completed the following program:

  • Mathematics TS or Secondary V SN (Math 526 under the former system)


Have earned a Diploma of Vocational Studies (DEP) and successfully completed the following at a college level:

  • Secondary French V
  • Secondary English V
  • Mathematics TS or Secondary V SN (Math 526 under the former system)


Have obtained a score in regular French and English 102 or 103 on the LaSalle College placement test


Have completed an equivalent training or have a sufficient level of education as evaluated by LaSalle College All of these cases will be reviewed in detail.