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General Studies Diploma

The General Studies Diploma (GSD) is a versatile program encompassing 60 credits, affording students the opportunity to select from a diverse array of 100 and 200 level courses tailored to align with their individual interests, as well as their vocational and aspirational pursuits. Throughout the duration of the program, participants of the General Studies Diploma will gain an extensive range of knowledge spanning social sciences and non-social sciences, in addition to cultivating vital proficiencies for employability and life, such as analytical thinking, adept problem-solving, effective communication in both written and verbal forms, collaborative aptitude, and the capacity for situational and cultural analysis. 

Note: This program does not require approval by the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Post-Secondary Education and Future Skills. 

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Admissions Requirement

  1. GPA Requirement: 2.5 or above (on 4.0 scale)

  2. Provide proof of English proficiency:

  • High School English 12: C (or equivalent) from an English speaking country.

  • University or College level English course (non‐ESL): C from an institution where English is the language of instruction.

  • English Language Test:

  • TOEFL: 68 iBT (with no individual score less than 15)

  • IELTS: Academic Version 6.0 (with no band test score less than 5)

  • Duolingo: 95

  • IPERC English Test: 60 or above

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The General Studies Diploma program stands as one of the most adaptable academic offerings, affording students significant latitude in tailoring both core and elective courses to their preferences. Within the GSD curriculum, a spectrum of over 50 courses is available, empowering students to personalize their academic journey.

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Graduation Requirements

To complete the program, a student must pass all courses with a mark of at least 60% in each course. The General Studies Diploma Program requires:

  1. A minimum of 60 credits with a minimum of 24 credits at the 200 level;

  2. Completion of ENGL101, ENGL102, COMM100, MATH101 or above, and ECO220

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Learning Outcomes

Upon the successful completion of the General Studies Diploma, students will achieve the following skills:

  • Display personal knowledge and grasp of selected social science and non-social science fields like psychology, business, and IT.

  • Communicate adeptly using various methods both in public settings and when interacting with colleagues and clients at work.

  • Apply quantitative techniques, including math and statistics, to improve critical thinking and aid in solving problems.

  • Recognize and tackle different social and cultural challenges that are crucial for successful teamwork and collaboration in organizational and societal settings.

  • Analyze complex human interactions and behaviors in different situations and cultural contexts.

Courses Offered

  1. ENGL 101 Composition I

  2. ENGL 102 Composition II

  3. ENGL 105 Rhetoric of Film and Culture

  4. ENGL 106 Introduction to Literature

  5. ENGL 200 Literature and Culture

  6. COMM 100 Oral Communication

  7. COMM 200 Business Communication

  8. BUS 101 Introduction to Business

  9. BUS 102 Basic Money Management

  10. BUS 110 Personal Finance

  11. BUS 200 Business Law

  12. MGT 115 Human Resources Management

  13. MGT 201 International Business

  14. MGT 211 Management Principles

  15. MKT 100 Marketing Principles

  16. MKT 200 Principles of Selling

  17. HIST 110 First Nations of Canada

  18. HIST 115 Canada since 1945

  19. HIST 220 European History 1917-1948

  20. REL 110 Introduction to World Religions

  21. REL 120 Introduction to Christianity

  22. CS 101 Principles of Computer Programming

  23. CS 102 Introduction to Computer Programming

  24. CS 200 Object-Oriented Computer Programming

  25. PSY 101 Introductory Psychology I

  26. PSY 110 Childhood Psychology

  27. SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology

  28. SOC 110 Introduction to Criminal Justice System

  29. SOC 201 Contemporary Social Issues

  30. SOC 205 Sociology of the Family

  31. ECO 101 Principles of Microeconomics

  32. ECO 102 Principles of Macroeconomics

  33. ECO 220 Introduction to Econometrics

  34. MATH 101 College Algebra

  35. MATH 102 College Trigonometry

  36. MATH 105 Statistics

  37. MATH 110 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I

  38. MATH 220 Analytic Geometry and Calculus II

  39. MATH 230 Analytic Geometry and Calculus III

  40. ACCO 101 Accounting Principles I

  41. ACCO 102 Accounting Principles II

  42. ACCO 210 Payroll Accounting

  43. ACCO 220 Federal Income Tax

  44. PHYS 101 Physics I

  45. PHYS 102 Physics II

  46. BIOL 101 Biology I

  47. BIOL 102 Biology II

  48. BIOL 220 Human Anatomy and Physiology I

  49. CHEM 101 Chemistry I

  50. CHEM 201 Chemistry II

  51. CHEM 230 Organic Chemistry I

  52. GEO 110 Human Geography

  53. PHIL 102 Moral Philosophy

  54. PHIL 201 Introduction to Political Philosophy

  55. ARH 101 Intro to Art and Design History

  56. ARH 106 History of Western Art since the Renaissance

  57. ART 101 Visual Language

  58. ART 105 Digital 2D

  59. ART 110 Systems of Drawing

  60. ART 210 Introduction to Theatre

  61. ART 220 Interior Architecture and Design

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