Academic Studies Overview

Essential skills to set you apart from your peers.


Understanding and applying mathematical concepts and reasoning skills, and analyzing numerical data are key to performing well in today‘s marketplace. Employers want to hire people who can think critically and act logically to evaluate situations, solve problems and make decisions. Mathematics provides the forum to develop these skills.

English – Will you have to produce a business proposal or presentation?

English and Communications courses help you master techniques of effective writing and speaking, and move quickly to the top of your field. According to the Conference Board of Canada, employers want to hire people who can communicate, think and continue to learn throughout their lives.
Please note that COMM1133 is a required course in most programs.


These are great social tools, but they do not prepare you for the challenges of your field. What job doesn’t require work on a computer? Computer Applications will help you to utilize the power of spreadsheets, word processing and presentation software in both your courses at Niagara College and your chosen career.

We invite you to learn more about our role within your educational experience, to develop an awareness of the importance of the Academic Studies courses within your program of study, and to take advantage of the expertise and the many resources we have available to support your academic and career success.

There is a myth that liberal arts degrees do not lead to any jobs, but this is quite untrue. Liberal arts degrees are great preparation for careers in business, teaching, journalism, law, the arts, and many other careers. I would say that liberal arts training is an important preparation for anyone who wants to be a leader in society … Looking to the future, I believe that liberal arts training will be even more valuable as American jobs will be increasingly information age jobs where people will be required to effectively manage ideas and information. Liberal arts grads will have the ability to adapt and re-train themselves to take advantage of opportunities that arise in our increasingly dynamic global economy.

(Landhuis, 2008)