The General Arts & Science Diploma provides a broad liberal arts curriculum designed with the advice of our community partners, to prepare students for the workforce, other college programs, or transfer to university. Paired with hands-on instruction, and exciting new experiential learning opportunities, General Arts and Science Diploma graduates leave us prepared for their next steps out into the world.
Core courses provide a solid foundation in communications, critical thinking skills, digital literacy, numeracy, inclusivity, science, and general education. Complementing these are varied electives such as Film, Addictions, Fitness, Psychology, and dozens more. Our students scaffold their studies by earning at least three Advanced Level Learning credits, in both applied and social sciences, math, and/or communications before graduating.
In the third and fourth semesters, GAS Diploma students will learn to research various local issues, and apply the skills and knowledge gained in the program to offer creative solutions to one specific problem in a community.
- All courses are chosen in consultation with the program coordinator, ensuring the right mix to meet each student’s interests and vocational goals.
- General Arts & Science is a flexible program. Course sequence can change subject to student goals and class availability.
- Diploma graduates are prepared to enter the workforce directly, or they may continue their studies in advanced level programs at the college.
- Students who self-identify as Pre-University work with the Program Coordinator to further customize their diploma course selection in preparation for university study. Key academic areas (Communications, Applied Science, Social Science, Math) are emphasized in accordance with the student's goals. Potential transfer opportunities exist at a number of Canadian universities; exploring these possibilities is at the discretion of the student. Please contact the program coordinator for more information.
This course is designed to help students develop and practice the communication skills needed to succeed in college and workforce environments. Emphasis is placed on improving foundational communication strategies-reading, writing, listening, and speaking—and on developing research and critical thinking skills.
In this course, students learn about digital citizenship, its relevance to their lives and workplaces, and about its ethical and responsible use. Learners explore how digital technology can be used to create social change and how media can influence public opinion. Students develop appropriate online communication styles and awareness of online safety techniques and digital protections.
In this preparatory course, students will begin integrating many of the skills learned from previous GAS courses in order to begin demonstrating integrated GAS Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) and the Essential Employability Skills (EES). Specifically, in this Pre-Capstone Course, students will explore case studies and be guided in identifying and articulating problems in communities as well as outlining the implications of these problems. Students will work both collaboratively and independently to research a community of interest in order to identify a problem. By the end of the course, students should be focused on one problem in preparation for their subsequent Capstone Course.
In this experiential and active-learning course, students will integrate many of the skills learned from previous GAS courses in order to demonstrate integrated GAS Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) and the Essential Employability Skills (EES). Specifically, in this Capstone Course, students will clearly identify and articulate a problem in a community; outline the implications of this problem including potential stake-holders; gather data in answering this problem; analyze and visually present their data; synthesize their research findings; and coherently summarize and present a feasible solution.
Prerequisite(s): GAAS 100
Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with the majority of Grade 11 and 12 courses at the C, U or M level including the following prerequisites:
- Grade 12 English at the C or U level
- Grade 11 Math at the C, U or M level
For OSSD equivalency options, see Admission Requirements
Full-time General Arts and Science students who achieve a GPA of 3.00 or better for at least one semester will receive an additional 10 percent in their admission assessment when applying to any post-secondary diploma program at St. Lawrence College. This will be particularly beneficial for programs that are highly competitive and therefore ranked.
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