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Social Science Program

Discover and learn about the world of social sciences

About the Social Science Program

The General and Commerce profiles of the Social Science program offered at TAV College are two-year pre-university programs that incorporate a wide variety of interdisciplinary courses in order to give students many university options after their diploma. Students in the social sciences will develop the competencies and confidence necessary to pursue university studies in a wide range of fields including, psychology, sociology, criminology, administration, urban and regional planning, law, policy, government, and much more.

What can I do with a DEC in Social Science?

As the courses in this program are interdisciplinary and incorporate a wide variety of academic disciplines from the arts and politics, to psychology and business management, graduates from a DEC in General Social Science or the Commerce profile have the advantage of fulfilling the admission requirements for hundreds of university programs.

What kind of job could I get with this diploma?

Job options after a university program could include a social worker, an executive of an organization, an executive for a non-profit organization, a policy analyst, a communications or marketing officer, a government employee, an accountant, and much more.

Program Options


DEC in Social Science: General Profile  |  2 Years


DEC in Social Science: Commerce Profile  |  2 Years


Grade 12 Study Option: Social Science Profile  |  1 Year

Canada needs more social scientists

Why is social science important?

A 2015 report published by the Council of Canadian Academies concluded that future innovation and productivity growth will require a workforce with a balance of both STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and non-STEM skills, such as those acquired and used in the humanities, arts, and social sciences. Leadership, creativity, adaptability, and entrepreneurial ability can help maximize STEM skills and allow Canadians to effectively compete within the ever-changing global marketplace.

Frequently asked questions

What will I Learn?

In the General Social Science profile, you will learn about such topics as:

  • Developmental and Abnormal Psychology
  • Geography and the environment
  • Politics
  • Research methods
  • Sociology
  • Quantitative methods
  • Globalization
  • And more

In the Commerce Social Science profile, in addition to some courses taken from the General profile, you will also be introduced such topics as:

  • The fundamentals of business
  • Psychology in business
  • Basic and advanced calculus
  • Marketing
  • Research methods
  • Macroeconomics
  • Financial accounting
  • Quantitative methods
  • Linear algebra
  • Statistics
  • And more

What is TAV College?

TAV College is a bilingual, not-for-profit, private, subsidized college located in the Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce borough of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. We offer pre-university and technical programs of study to a proudly multicultural student population. From our beginnings as a smaller institution within Quebec’s private college network, TAV quickly developed into an established institution, which has been recognized and accredited for subsidies from the Quebec Ministry of Higher Education since 2010.

Today, our college boasts a brand new 65,000-square-foot building, which is annexed to our original campus on Decarie Boulevard. This modern building houses biology, chemistry, physics, and 3D printing laboratories, a private café as well as administrative offices and classrooms.

In 2018, due to a steady increase in annual enrolment, we announced our plans to erect a second campus building, which opened its doors, approximately 150 meters from our original campus, at 6005 Decarie boulevard in August 2021. This new building allows us to continue to expand our educational services as well as further develop our enriched learning experience.

Who is ideal for the social science program?

The profile of an ideal Social Science DEC student is an individual whose interests do not necessarily align with the learning targeted by a science or art program. The social sciences are fundamentally interdisciplinary and offer multiple perspectives regarding our socio-political system. With that said, if you’re a high school student, recent graduate, or an adult learner looking to get their DEC and well-rounded, comprehensive program appeals to you, then this program is for you.

What makes TAV unique?

At TAV, attention to the individual is one of our core values. With that said, in addition to highly committed teachers and smaller class sizes, you will also have access to personalized academic advising as well as numerous other support services.

What is student life like at TAV?

In addition to our brand new building C campus, TAV offers many extracurricular activities and services for students to participate in. Social Science students, specifically, might be interested in joining the College’s student association, the TCSA, or learning new skills in our 3D printing or robotics clubs.

For a full list of student life services, go to

What are the tuition fees at TAV?

Please visit our fees webpage for a detailed list of tuition and service fees associated with the program.

Admission Criteria

Entrance requirements for the general profile



    Entrance requirements for the commerce profile


    AND, completed the following:

    • Math TS 564-506 or SN 565-506 or
      Math 536 or
    • Cegep equivalent: Math 201-015-TV

    For students missing the necessary prerequisites, we offer a Springboard to DEC program.


      International student admissions

      Please visit our International Students web page for full details.

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      Upcoming application deadlines for this program:

      November 30th (To start in the Winter)

      May 1st (To start in the Fall)

      Late applications may be accepted > More info

      Are you an international student?

      Information for international students


      This program is eligible for a post-graduation work permit.


      Fall, Winter

      For more information

      International Student Admissions


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