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Marianopolis is the only school of its kind to offer certificates, attestations that a student has completed a series of courses and activities centering on a particular theme: Environmental StudiesGender and Sex/uality StudiesInternational StudiesLaw and Social JusticeNative Studies; and Third World Studies.

All students, regardless of their chosen program, are eligible. Certificates allow motivated students to integrate their knowledge and enrich their understanding of the chosen theme while completing the requirements for their DEC. While students take specific courses to complete the certificate requirements, they are not required to take additional courses.

Environmental Studies Certificate

The Environmental Studies Certificate has at its root the College’s Mission to have all members of the Marianopolis community “practice responsible stewardship of the natural environment.” A major feature of this certificate is the blending of theoretical knowledge and community action through three major components: learn (you gain an in-depth understanding of environmental issues), educate (you educate others about environmental topics and their potential solutions) and act (you contribute to the betterment of the environment).


As a student in the Environmental Studies Certificate, you will be required to complete a combination of course work and certificate activities. Specifically, a student must:

  • complete courses listed in the Environmental Studies pamphlet as A-type courses (courses that focus on environmental issues) or successfully complete graded work touching on the environment in the context of B-type 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 Greening Marianopolis seminars by guest-speaker environmental experts
  • participate in and/or organize extracurricular activities that educate your peers or the wider community about environmental issues and/or possible solutions
  • create or take part in projects that contribute to the betterment of the environment.


The structure of the certificate allows a student to participate even if they are not enrolled in an eligible A- or B-type course in a particular semester. At least two semesters of active participation, as described above, are required to earn the certificate.


For more information, please contact Professors Veronica PonceMichèle Saumier and Rachel Faust.

Gender and Sex/uality Studies Certificate

The Gender and Sex/uality Studies Certificate is for students who seek to enrich their studies with a thematic emphasis on issues related to sex, gender and sexuality. Through a combination of course work and activities outside the classroom, students enrolled in the certificate enlarge their awareness of a range of contemporary concerns, such as sexist discrimination, misogyny, heterosexism, transphobia and gender stereotyping.


Students must take courses and participate in activities or perform tasks outside the classroom, although the majority of the certificate is completed through course work.

The list of eligible courses is divided into “A” courses which focus exclusively on sex, gender and sexuality issues, and “B” courses which devote at least 15% of their content to such issues. Eligible courses can be selected from the following disciplines: Administration, Anthropology, Art History, Biology, Cinema, Economics, English, Fine Arts, French, Geography, History, Humanities, Integrative Project, MEQ, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies and Sociology.

In terms of activities and tasks outside the classroom, the list below provides a representative sampling:

  • One-page reflection on a book, documentary film, class lecture or guest speaker
  • Display board (e.g. Women’s Week)
  • YouTube video, co-managing GSS certificate Facebook page or website creation
  • Community volunteer work, internship, mentorship or participant/observer placement
  • Submission of an article on gender and sex/uality to a school publication
  • Artwork about gender and sex/uality presented on or off-campus


A complete list of eligible courses and extracurricular activities is included in students’ registration packages, and updates and announcements will be regularly posted on the Gender and Sex/uality Studies Certificate bulletin board on the third floor. Courses on the list which students have already taken count for credit. Students need not take an eligible course every semester. At least two semesters of active participation are required.


For more information, please contact Professors Sarah Brand, Hugh Cawker, Angelique Koumouzelis and Wendy Richardson.

International Studies Certificate

The International Studies Certificate recognizes student engagement in academic and extracurricular activities related to contemporary world problems, international politics and governance, social and cultural diversity.


Students must earn 12 points by participating in activities from the following categories:

  • eligible courses and course work
  • extracurricular activities related to international issues (Marianopolis clubs, volunteer work, internships, etc.)
  • events sponsored by the International Studies Certificate (guest speaker series, field trips, photography competition, etc.).


Students must also be active for a minimum of two semesters.


For more information, please contact Professors Jean-Michel Cohalan and Vitaly Terekhov.

Law and Social Justice Certificate

The Law and Social Justice Certificate provides you with an opportunity to study the relationship between the law and society. An important goal of the certificate is to stimulate critical thinking about the dynamic interaction between the law and political, sociological, historical, economic, religious and other factors in society.


As a student in the Law and Social Justice Certificate, you will be required to:

  • complete successfully a total of five eligible courses
  • choose four of the five eligible courses from a minimum of 3 disciplines in the Social Science area
  • write a research paper or complete a project in each of the five courses on a topic pertinent to Law and Social Justice mutually agreed upon by you and your instructor
  • participate in student forums on legal issues of the day
  • attend and participate in seminars and lectures by guest speakers
  • participate in simulated court cases.


The list of eligible courses for the certificate will be available in your Registration package. Courses on this list which you may have already taken in college count for credit.


For more information, please contact Professor Stuart Kruger.

Native Studies Certificate

The Native Studies Certificate give you an in-depth understanding of Indigenous perspectives and the opportunity to explore Native issues in multiple disciplines. You will focus on the economics, politics, spirituality and cultures of the various Canadian communities, as well as their successes and concerns. The certificate requires that students complete academic or scholarly work pertaining to Native topics, as well as attend on- and off-campus activities, such as creative workshops, festivals, films, community outreach opportunities and guest lectures from leaders, scholars and Elders.


As a student in the Native Studies Certificate, you will choose among four paths, which will lead to a variety of courses and activities. For example, you will be required to participate in two Talking Circles, modeled on the sacred medicine wheel. You may also:

  • interact with political and cultural leaders from Native communities in and around Montreal
  • attend conferences, festivals and events at local educational and cultural institutions
  • learn first-hand about the various Native understandings of ecological and environmental matters
  • participate in or organize your own workshops on Native arts.


The list of eligible courses for the certificate will be available in your Registration package. Courses on this list which you may have already taken in college count for credit.


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

Third World Studies Certificate

The Third World Studies certificate is open to students in all programs who wish to gain a more in-depth understanding of Third World, development, socio-economic, gender and racial inequality, marginalization and related issues; to undertake related studies at the university level; or to pursue careers related to these issues. The certificate also seeks to introduce students to socio-economic and political alternatives as a remedy to inequality.

The certificate offers students from all programs an opportunity to explore the following:

  • ethics and/or human rights
  • education
  • non-governmental organizations
  • women and gender
  • preventive medicine, hygiene and health environment
  • labour
  • science and technology
  • development issues
  • North-South relations
  • social movements
  • militarization
  • politics and ideology
  • religion
  • culture and civilization
  • indigenous people


The certificate seeks to provide students with the opportunity to explore a wide range of issues to complement their studies at Marianopolis. This is done through a variety of extracurricular activities, including lectures, volunteer work and trips.


In order to qualify for the Third World Studies Certificate, students must complete a combination of course work and certificate activities.

Eligible courses fall under two categories: “A” courses, which focus exclusively on Third World issues and “B” courses, which have at least 15% content relating to the Third World.  Selected courses in the following disciplines are eligible: Anthropology, English, Humanities, Political Science, Religious Studies, Philosophy, Sociology, Economics, History, Modern Languages, Geography, Administration, Music and Science. The full list of eligible courses is posted each semester prior to registration on the Third World Studies Certificate bulletin board.

The following is a list of activities you can take part in to complete the requirements for the Certificate:

  • Amnesty International
  • Fair Trade coffee sales
  • Refugee support work
  • Lecture, film or performance
  • Photography (attend all activities and take pictures; film supplied
  • Third World Café (all students are expected to be involved)
  • Third World Studies Journal
  • Volunteer Work with an NGO (eight hours minimum)



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

Diploma Requirements for All Programs

All programs leading to a DEC (Diplôme d’études collégiales) have a General Education Component and a Specific Education Component. Each component is made up of specific courses that are developed by the College and tied to the objectives defined by the Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur (MEES) for each program.

Additionally, the MEES mandates two additional requirements for obtaining a DEC: successful completion of the Comprehensive Program Assessment (or Épreuve synthèse du programme) and successful completion of the English Exit Exam.

In the Comprehensive Program Assessment you will be asked to demonstrate your ability to synthesize the concepts and approaches of the several disciplines of your program through application to a chosen topic. The Comprehensive Assessment is specific to each is program, and is to be completed in your final term at the College.

The English Exit Exam establishes proficiency in the English Language, and is set and graded by the MEES. This exam is normally taken after completing the first three English courses: 603-101, 603-102, 603-103.

Finally, you must obtain a passing grade (60% or greater) in each of the courses of your program to obtain a diploma.