Rooted in a vision of education as a liberating force that transforms the individual and betters the world, Marianopolis is the only college that offers six certificates centering on various social themes. Any student in any program may take one or more certificate to enrich their understanding of a specific theme while they complete the requirements of their DEC. Students satisfy the requirements of a certificate over at least two semesters through a combination of course work, taking specific but not additional courses, and activities outside the classroom. While some of these activities may be adapted and offered virtually, some will not be taking place until further notice due to COVID-19 public health restrictions.

  • Environmental Studies Certificate

    Rooted in “responsible stewardship of the natural environment” as reflected in the College’s Mission, this certificate blends ecological knowledge and community action.


    Students must:

    • complete courses listed in the Environmental Studies pamphlet as A courses (focusing on environmental issues) or successfully complete graded work in the context of B courses (courses that may not focus on environmental issues but allow students to carry out a project or to write a paper on an environmental issue)
    • attend and submit abstracts of seminars by environmental experts
    • participate in and/or organize extracurricular activities that touch upon  environmental issues and their possible solutions
    • create or take part in projects that contribute to the betterment of the environment.

    For more information, contact Professors Hugo Hamel-Perron, Veronica Ponce and Michèle Saumier

  • Gender and Sex/uality Studies Certificate

    Students enlarge their awareness of a range of contemporary concerns, such as sexism, misogyny, heterosexism, transphobia and gender stereotyping.


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

    For more information, check out the certificate on Facebook or contact Professors Sarah BrandMariah Hamel, Angelique Koumouzelis, Vivian Ralickas and Wendy Richardson.
  • Indigenous Studies Certificate

    Students gain an in-depth understanding of Indigenous perspectives and issues in multiple disciplines. They focus on the economics, politics, spirituality and cultures of the various Canadian communities.


    Students must choose among four paths,  leading to a variety of courses and activities. For example, they must participate in two Talking Circles, modeled on the sacred medicine wheel. They may also:

    • interact with political and cultural leaders from Indigenous communities
    • 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 workshops on Indigenous arts.

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

  • International Studies Certificate

    Students engage in academic and extracurricular activities related to contemporary world problems, international politics and governance and social and cultural diversity.


    Students must earn 12 points by participating in:

    • eligible courses and course work
    • extracurricular activities related to international issues (Marianopolis clubs, volunteer work, internships, etc.)
    • events sponsored by the certificate, such as guest speaker talks, field trips, a popular photography competition, etc.).

    For more information, contact Associate Dean, Programs Alison Crump.

  • Law and Social Justice Certificate

    This certificate stimulates critical thinking about the dynamic interaction between the law and political, sociological, historical, economic, religious and other societal factors.


    Students must:

    • successfully complete five eligible courses, four of which come from a minimum of three Social Science disciplines
    • write a research paper or complete a project in each of the five courses on a topic pertinent to law and social justice
    • participate in student forums on legal issues, seminars and lectures by guest speakers and simulated court cases.

    For more information, contact Professor Stuart Kruger.

  • Third World Studies Certificate

    Students deepen their understanding of socio-economic, gender and racial inequality and marginalization while learning about solidarity and social justice.


    Eligible courses are divided into A courses, which focus exclusively on Third World issues, and B courses, which devote at least 15% of their content relating to such issues. Students may select courses from the following: Administration, Anthropology, Economics, English, Geography, History, Humanities, Modern Languages, Music Philosophy, Political Science, Religious Studies, Science and Sociology.

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