The General Studies Diploma (GSD) 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 social science and non-social science knowledge and important employability and life skills including critical thinking and problem solving, communication (oral and written) collaboration and teamwork, and, situational and cultural analysis.
The GSD enables students to sample a wide range of social science and non-social science courses that inform their decisions regarding their future field of study or career path. Accordingly, GSD students may select courses from disciplines such as Psychology, Philosophy, Sociology, Geography and Economics as well as from Business and/or IT disciplines. GSD students are also able to earn competencies in two non-social science disciplines, quantitative and/or communication studies by excelling in either Mathematics/Statistics or English/Communication courses. The breadth of courses contained in the GSD program enables students to develop a strong academic foundation from which they may choose to enter the workforce or pursue advanced study in Social or Computer Science, Education or Business.
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
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.
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 to an equivalent level
> Completion of at least 12 credits from a post secondary institution in Canada or where English is the principal language of the country and the language of instruction.
To complete the program, a student must pass all courses with a mark of at least 50% in each course. Students must attend at least 75% of the program’s classes. 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 ENGL 109, ENGL 209, COMM 225, COMP 120 and PHIL 209.
3) Up to 5 elective courses (15 credits) in any academic discipline can be selected or transferred in as breadth courses for this program.
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 GSD has 50 courses from which students can personalize their program.
By completing the General Studies Diploma, students will learn to:
• Demonstrate personal knowledge and understanding of select social science and non-social science disciplines including psychology, business and IT.
• Communicate effectively using multiple communication techniques in a public setting and with co-workers and clients in the workplace.
• Use quantitative techniques including mathematics and statistics to advance critical thinking and facilitate problem solving.
• Identify and address various social and cultural issues or barriers required to enhance collaboration and team building success in organizational and collective societal settings.
• Analyze complex human interaction and behaviour in various situations and cultural contexts.
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.
|ACCT 100||Financial Accounting|
|ACCT 200||Managerial Accounting|
|BUS 180||Canadian Business Fundamentals|
|BUS 190||Essentials of Management|
|BUS 210||Organizational Behaviour|
|BUS 220||Business Law|
|BUS 230||Operations Management|
|BUS 240||International Business|
|BUS 250||Project Management|
|BUS 270||Personal Finance|
|BUS 275||Management Information Systems|
|BUS 290||Corporate Finance|
|COMM 125||Business Communication Fundamentals|
|COMM 200||Social Media Communication Techniques|
|COMM 225||Business Communications|
|COMM 250||International Communication|
|COMP 222||Information Technology and Society|
|COMP 223||Introduction to Digital Media|
|COMP 235||Digital and Social Media Technology I|
|COMP 243||Digital and Social Media Technology II|
|COMP 262||Web Language and Design|
|COP 201||Cruise Operations|
|ECON 108||Principles of Microeconomics|
|ECON 109||Principles of Macroeconomics|
|ECON 204||Microeconomic Policy|
|ECON 212||Managerial Economics|
|ECON 214||Macroeconomic Policy|
|ECON 237||Understanding Globalization|
|ENGL 109||College Composition|
|ENGL 209||Advanced Writing & Research|
|ENTR 276||Social Entrepreneurship|
|ENTR 277||Digital Entrepreneurship|
|ENTR 278||Entrepreneurial Finance|
|ENTR 279||Technological Entrepreneurship|
|GEOG 118||Introduction to Climate Change|
|GEOG 215||Introduction to Human Geography|
|GEOG 238||Introduction to Economic Geography|
|GEOG 244||Introduction to Physical Geography|
|HRM 200||Human Resource Management|
|MATH 160||Business Mathematics|
|MATH 190||Calculus I|
|MATH 195||Calculus II|
|MRKT 100||Essentials of Marketing|
|MRKT 200||Digital Marketing I|
|MRKT 205||Digital Marketing II|
|MRKT 210||Digital Marketing (Non-DMI)|
|MRKT 290||Digital Marketing Capstone|
|PHIL 105||Introduction to Philosophy|
|PHIL 209||Critical Thinking|
|PHIL 210||Elementary Formal Logic|
|PHIL 230||Introduction to Ethics|
|PSYC 104||Introduction to Psychology I|
|PSYC 116||Introduction to Psychology II|
|PSYC 234||Introduction to Social Psychology|
|PSYC 241||Social Science Research|
|PSYC 265||Industrial-Organizational Psychology|
|PSYC 268||Health Psychology|
|PSYC 269||Consumer Psychology|
|SOCI 102||Introduction to Sociology|
|SOCI 112||Social Interaction and Culture|
|SOCI 233||Technology, Work and Society|
|SOCI 270||Sociology of Mass Media|
|STAT 170||Business Statistics|
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