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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, but not limited to, the following: psychology, sociology, criminology, administration, urban and regional planning, law, policy, and government.

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 applying to hundreds of university programs.

What kind of job could I get?

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 and 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 is TAV College?

TAV is a semi-private college located in the Côte-Des-Neiges-NDG borough of Montreal, Quebec. In 2015, we shifted our focus as a learning institution and began offering pre-university DEC programs to younger demographics.

In 2013, the College built a modern, six-story, 65,000 square-foot building (commonly referred to as the “A” building), which was built and attached to our original four-story campus building at 6333 Decarie Boulevard. The new “A building” was a major milestone for the College as it allowed for four science laboratories, a private gym, two iMac labs, a private café, a mock-daycare laboratory as well as new administration offices.

In 2018, we announced that we expand once again with the construction of a third building, which is now known as the “C” building. The plans for this ultra-modern and student-focused campus building dedicate the basement-level floor to a study hall and an agora, the ground floor is a massive student lounge center, and the remaining six floors are dedicated to classrooms, a photography and a sound-recording studio, private study rooms, and a rooftop lounge.

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 this appeals to you, then this program is for you.

What will I Learn?

General Social Science profile:

You will learn about:

  • Psychology
  • Geography and the environment
  • Politics
  • Research methods
  • Sociology
  • Quantitative methods
  • Globalization
  • More

Commerce profile:

You will learn about:

  • The fundamentals of business
  • Basic and advanced calculus
  • Marketing
  • Research methods
  • Macroeconomics
  • Financial accounting
  • Quantitative methods
  • Linear algebra
  • Statistics
  • More


What makes TAV unique?

Many of our graduates have been accepted into their first-choice university program. In addition, 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 TR3C, our 3D printing and robotics club.

For a full list of student life services, go to

What are the tuition fees at TAV?


  • Application fee: $30.00
  • Registration fee: $60.00 per semester


  • Full-time students: $670.00 (CAD) per semester.
  • Part-time students: $1,000.00 (CAD) per course.


  • Full-time students: $670.00 (CAD) per semester.
    + additional fees of $1,621.00 (CAD) per semester.
  • Part-time students: $1,000.00 (CAD) per semester.
    + additional fees of $7,67 (CAD) per hour of instruction, per semester.


Please contact our office for international student fees.

*Please note that certain prices may be modified by the Quebec Ministry of Education.

Admission Criteria

DEC in Social Science (300.GE or 300.C0)


In order to be admitted into a program that leads to the attainment of a Diploma of College Studies (Diplôme d’études collégiales or DEC in French), the applicant must meet one of the five following requirements:

*Note that these requirements are set by the Quebec Ministry of Education and are common to all colleges across the province.


A holder of a Secondary School Diploma (SSD) who satisfies the special conditions, if any, established by the Minister for admission may be admitted to a program of studies leading to a Diploma of College Studies.


2.1. A holder of a Secondary School Vocational Diploma (SSVD) who satisfies the special conditions, if any, established by the Minister for admission or has obtained the number of credits allotted by the Basic school regulation for preschool, elementary and secondary education (chapter I-13.3, r. 8) or by the Basic adult general education regulation (chapter I-13.3, r. 9) for the following subjects may be admitted to a program of studies leading to a Diploma of College Studies:

(1) Secondary V Language of Instruction;

(2) Secondary V Second Language; and

(3) Secondary IV Mathematics.

A holder of a Secondary School Vocational Diploma who satisfies the conditions of admission established by the Minister may also be admitted to a program of technical studies leading to the Diploma of College Studies. The conditions of admission are established for each program of studies to ensure continuity of training and are based on the vocational training received at the secondary level.


Despite sections 1 and 2, a college may admit a person to a program of studies leading to a Diploma of College Studies if the person has received instruction the college considers equivalent.


A college may also admit to such a program of studies a person who has instruction and experience the college considers sufficient and who has interrupted full-time studies for a cumulative period of at least 24 months.


A college may conditionally admit to a program of studies leading to a Diploma of College Studies a person who, not having obtained all the credits required by the Basic school regulation for preschool, elementary and secondary education (chapter I-13.3, r. 8) or by the Basic adult general education regulation (chapter I-13.3, r. 9) to obtain a Secondary School Diploma, commits to obtaining the missing credits in the first term.

  • The foregoing also applies to a holder of a Secondary School Vocational Diploma who has not obtained all the credits for the subjects mentioned in subparagraphs 1 to 3 of the first paragraph of section 2.1.
  • Despite the foregoing, a person who must obtain more than 6 missing credits or who has previously failed to fulfil his or her commitments after being conditionally admitted may not be conditionally admitted.
International student admissions

Please visit our International Students web page for full details.

Interested in the program?

Applying to TAV College is easy! Click the button below to get started.

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?


The DEC program in Social Science is eligible for a post-graduation work permit (PGWP), as per Canadian Immigration Services.


Admission Criteria

TAV welcomes many International Students each semester who have enjoyed their learning and training experience with us and are now active in the Canadian workforce. Explore our International Student Admissions Criteria at 


International Student Tuition Fees

Please contact our International Student Advisor for information.


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