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General Studies Diploma

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General Studies Diploma

(60 Credits, 50 Weeks)

Program Schedule

The General Studies Diploma is a flexible 60 credit program which enables students to choose a variety of 100 and 200 level courses that are most relevant to their personal interests as well as their professional and career goals. Over the course of the program, General Studies Diploma students will gain a breadth of discipline-specific knowledge as well as important career related skills such as critical thinking and problem solving, communication (both written and oral), collaboration and teamwork, and, contextual, situational and cultural analysis. The breadth of courses contained in the General Studies Diploma program enables students to develop a strong academic foundation from which they may choose to pursue advanced study in Arts, Science, Education, Business or Law and/or to immediately enter the workforce.   

Admissions Requirement

  1. Be at least 17 years of age
  2. Have graduated from high school or apply as a mature student who did not graduate from high school but is at least 19 years of age
  3. Provide proof of English proficiency:
  • Grade 12 or higher-level English course.
    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.
  • Proof of four‐year undergraduate degree from a recognized institution where English is the principal language of the country and the language of instruction.
  • English Language Test (only valid for two years):
    TOEFL: 68 iBT (with no individual score less than 16), 190 CBT, or 520 PBT
    IELTS: Academic version 6 (with no band test score less than 5.5)
    Cambridge International Exam: GCE O level C
    TOEIC: 700
    LPI: 4
    VPC English Proficiency Exam: 75%
    Completion of VPC ENGL 099
    Completion of AEL/ESL level equivalent to the VPC English Proficiency Exam

Graduation Requirements

To complete the program, a student must pass all courses with a mark of at least 50% in each course. Students must also attend at least 75% of the program’s classes. The General Studies Diploma Program requires:

  1. A minimum of 60 credits in 100-200 level courses;
  2. A minimum of 24 credits in 200 level courses;
  3. Successful completion of courses in at least four distinct social science or non-social science disciplines and completion of a minimum of 4 courses in a single academic discipline for a specialization.
  4. Competencies may be earned by completing a minimum of two (2) courses in social science or non-social science subject areas such as Communications, Language Studies and Mathematics/Statistics.


The General Studies Diploma program is among the most flexible academic programs offered and allows for considerable student customization of both core and elective courses. The GDS has more than 60 courses from which students can personalize their program. The 15 core courses include 9 specialization courses, 2 quantitative courses, 2 communication courses, and, 2 Language courses. To graduate, students must specialize in at least 1 social science discipline (includes Anthropology, Criminology, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, Philosophy, Psychology and Sociology) while also completing at least two non-social science competencies. Students must complete a minimum of 60 credits at the 100/200 level and at 24 credits at the 200 level while achieving a GPA of 2.0 with an 75% attendance record.

Learning Outcomes

By completing the General Studies Diploma, students will learn to:

  • Communicate effectively and professionally in a variety of multi-cultural settings.
  • Demonstrate cultural analytical skills that facilitate effective and appropriate interactions and assessments in diverse multicultural and social contexts.
  • Use social science methods and analysis of quantitative and qualitative data to inform decision-making in complex social situations and circumstances.
  • Describe, explain, and apply fundamental theories and concepts of psychology and sociology as they relate to analyzing human behaviour.

Note: This program does not require approval by the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training. As such, PTIB did not review this program.

Courses Offered

GSAS 101Fundamentals of Academic Literacy
GSAS 102Introduction to Sociology
GSAS 103Introduction to Anthropology
GSAS 104Introduction to Psychology I
GSAS 105Introduction to Philosophy
GSAS 106Introduction to Politics
GSAS 107Interpersonal Communication
GSAS 108Principles of Microeconomics
GSAS 109Principles of Macroeconomics
GSAS 110Pre-Calculus
GSAS 111Calculus I for the Social Sciences
GSAS 112Social Interaction and Culture
GSAS 113Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
GSAS 115Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum
GSAS 116Introduction to Psychology II
GSAS 117Justice and Law in Canada
GSAS 118Introduction to Climate Change
GSAS 200Social Media Communication Techniques
GSAS 202International Communication
GSAS 203Ethnic Relations
GSAS 204Microeconomic Policy
GSAS 206Introduction to Global Politics
GSAS 207Introduction to Cognitive Psychology
GSAS 208Inequality and Social Change
GSAS 209Critical Thinking
GSAS 210Elementary Formal Logic
GSAS 211Statistics for Social Sciences
GSAS 212Managerial Economics
GSAS 213Anthropology and Contemporary Life
GSAS 214Macroeconomic Policy
GSAS 215Introduction to Human Geography
GSAS 216Moral Problems of Contemporary Society
GSAS 217Public Administration
GSAS 218Introduction to Abnormal Psychology
GSAS 219Crime and Society
GSAS 225Government and Politics in Canada
GSAS 226Introduction to Developmental Psychology
GSAS 227Contemporary Social Problems
GSAS 229Environmental Economics
GSAS 230Introduction to Ethics
GSAS 231Introduction to Global Issues
GSAS 233Technology, Work and Society
GSAS 234Introduction to Social Psychology
GSAS 236Introduction to Public Policy
GSAS 237Understanding Globalization
GSAS 238Introduction to Economic Geography
GSAS 240Introduction to Comparative Politics
GSAS 241Introduction to Social Science Research
GSAS 242International Politics
GSAS 244Introduction to Physical Geography
GSAS 246World Regional Geography
GSAS 247Ethics in Criminal Justice
GSAS 248Introduction to Administrative and Civil Law
GSAS 249Introduction to The Canadian Criminal Justice System
GSAS 251Applied Law Enforcement
GSAS 252Introduction to Conflict Resolution
GSAS 253Introduction to Social and Cultural Geography
GSAS 254Topics in World History
GSAS 255History of Canada
GSAS 256History of the United States
GSAS 257History of Latin America
GSAS 258China in World History
GSAS 259World History in the 20th Century
GSAS 260Introduction to Public Policy

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