General Arts & Science

This is a St. Lawrence College program delivered in partnership by Canadian College. Students receive two diplomas, one from St. Lawrence College and another from Canadian College. Once students receive their St. Lawrence College diploma, they are eligible to apply for their Post-Graduate Work Permit.

Program Benefits

The General Arts & Science Diploma provides a broad liberal arts curriculum that prepares students for the workforce, college programs, or transfer to university. Core courses provide a solid foundation in communications and interpersonal skills, computers, mathematics, analytical skills, science, and general education. Courses are chosen in consultation with the program coordinator, ensuring the right mix to meet each student’s interests and vocational goals.

Admission Requirements

Secondary School Diploma including Math 11 and English 12, or equivalent. Student must meet one of the language requirements.

  • Canadian College English Placement test, Pass with 60%
  • Smrt English 140, Pass
  • St. Lawrence College ESL Advanced, Pass with 60%
  • IELTS 6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each section)
  • TOEFL CBT 213, TOEFL IBT 78
2 Years (4 Study Semesters)
St. Lawrence College Diploma
Fall (Sept-Dec)

Full-time Study

Student may work 20hrs per week

Winter (Jan-Apr)

Full-time Study

Student may work 20hrs per week

Summer (May-Aug)

Vacation

Students are able to work full-time  

Fall (Sept-Dec)

Full-time Study

Student may work 20hrs per week

Winter (Jan-Apr)

Full-time Study

Student may work 20hrs per week

Summer (May-Aug)

Vacation

Students are able to work full-time  

Note: Students can start at the beginning of either the fall or winter semester. Summer classes may be available on a limited basis

Study & Work

Work Opportunities

Students registered in all programs at Canadian College are permitted to work part time 20hrs per week during study semesters. During the Summer, vacation students are permitted to work full time.

Career Opportunities

The General Arts & Science Diploma provides a broad liberal arts curriculum that prepares students for the workforce, college programs, or university. Core courses provide a solid foundation in communications and interpersonal skills, computers, mathematics, analytical skills, science, and general education.

Curriculum

COMM 34 Introduction to College Communications

Introduction to College Communications provides instruction and practice in college and workplace communication skills, with an emphasis on the development of strategies to organize and express ideas in a clear and professional manner. Emails, memos, letters, short reports, and essays are used to develop effective writing skills suitable to a variety of audiences. Course work also provides opportunities for the development of students’ grammar, research, analytical, reading and listening skills. American Psychological Association (APA) format and documentation is introduced.

GENE 60 Topics in the Contemporary Workplace

This course is designed to help students adapt to the rapidly changing workplace. It provides an historical overview of our working society and how it has evolved. Issues such as employment equity, harassment, regulation of health and safety, unionization, professional organizations and codes of ethics are discussed. Students also identify strategies to meet the needs of current employers and to make interview processes work to their advantage.

SOCI 10 Introductory Sociology

This course provides a general overview of human interaction in Canadian society. Students will become familiar with a variety of factors which affect group behaviour, and individual behaviour within the group: factors such as cultural influences, socialization, norms beliefs, and values.

GENE114 Professional Effectiveness

This course is designed to teach students how to apply critical thinking concepts to ethical problems. Initially, students learn various aspects of critical thinking and evolve form the knowing stage of critical thinking to the evaluation stage of critical thinking. Students also have an opportunity to explore the ethical process and are exposed to the philosophical aspects of ethical reasoning and progress towards problem solving strategies in relation to controversial issues.

MATH 53 Mathematics of Finance

This course begins with the concept of compound interest and investment applications. It progresses to an examination of several types of annuities, and concludes with amortization of loans.

COMP 205 Web Development

This course provides an introduction to web development using HTML, CSS and JavaScript. You will learn to use HTML (using the XHTML 1.1 standard) to create web pages, and to link multiple web pages together. You will also learn how to control the layout and style of web pages using Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), and to make your web pages interactive using JavaScript. During the course you will complete a sequence of assignments designed to familiarize you with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. You will also undertake a semester long project in which you will create a small web site (based on a topic of your choice).

COMP 30 PC Hardware & Software

This course serves as an introduction to the interaction between hardware and software. The major hardware components in a computer system are identified. The relationship among system software, application software and data is included in an explanation of how a computer system works. The skills necessary to properly use and care for a personal computer from outside the case will be covered.

COMM 4 Business Technical Writing

This course will give you the foundation skills to produce documentation e.g. technical instructions, definitions, summaries, technical system descriptions, and manuals common in the workplace. Writing to inform readers to understand requires document design skills that differ from traditional writing skills. You are responsible for developing your vocabulary, basic grammar, spelling, graphic awareness and reading strategies to power your career.

COMM39 Communications for Business and Technology

In COMM39, the emphasis is on the development of professional business communication. Short reports, summaries, formal reports, resumes, and cover letters are used to develop technical and persuasive writing skills. American Psychological Association (APA) format and documentation is reinforced. Oral communication is developed through a variety of formal and informal speaking activities.

GENE36 Introduction to Nutrition

This course enhances your knowledge and appreciation of the importance of nutrition to health and wellbeing and the connection between excess and deficient nutrient intake and ill health. Topics include the Canada Food Guide, the basic nutrients, the processes of digestion/absorption, nutrition related diseases, weight management, and food labels and nutrition information reliability. Students analyze their personal dietary intake and activity level and subsequently plan meal patterns that are conducive to personal health and weight management.

GENE 48 Multiculturalism in Society

This course sets in motion the exploration of one’s own values and biases with regard to cultural diversity. Course content enables students to better understand similarities and differences among ethnic groups which in turn help them to appreciate the uniqueness of our own society. Topics explored are: the concept of culture, the history and policies of multiculturalism, cross-cultural communication, racism, multiculturalism in the workplace, and attitudes towards multiculturalism.

COMM4 Business Technical Writing

This course will give you the foundation skills to produce documentation e.g. technical instructions, definitions, summaries, technical system descriptions, and manuals common in the workplace. Writing to inform readers to understand requires document design skills that differ from traditional writing skills. You are responsible for developing your vocabulary, basic grammar, spelling, graphic awareness and reading strategies to power your career.

Electives

Students will choose an additional 11 elective classes from the selection of classes available at Canadian College.

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