Area Responsible for Administration: Academic
Approval Authorities: Senior Executive Committee
Approval Date: November 2016
Revision History: None
Review Timeline: Every 5 Years

Purpose

To provide students enrolled in diploma and advanced diploma programs with information about their General Education requirements.

Scope

This policy includes all Seneca students enrolled in diploma and advanced diploma programs, and applies to General Education requirements. This policy does not apply to Professional Option courses or College English courses.

Key Definitions

Breadth requirements
The part of a program that enables students to explore a range of topics and issues separate from their program / Professional Option courses.
General Education course
A diploma-level course designed to enhance essential skills, including critical thinking, quantitative and qualitative reasoning, and communication. It will expand the knowledge and understanding of courses that fall into Arts and Humanities, or Sciences and Social Sciences.
General Education elective course
A General Education elective course that is chosen by students enrolled in a diploma or advanced diploma program and is available to students from a variety of programs.
General Education prescribed course
A General Education prescribed course that all students in a diploma or advanced diploma program must complete.
Professional option course
An elective course of interest that is directly linked to a student’s program. These are not General Education courses. They do not satisfy the General Education requirements of a diploma or advanced diploma program.

Policy

Policy Statement

The purpose of General Education is to contribute to the development of individuals and promote awareness of the diversity and complexity of the world we live in. General Education courses complement professional outcomes in diploma and advanced diploma programs by exposing students to areas of study outside of their chosen fields. Seneca’s General Education Policy is aligned with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities Binding Policy Directive (2003, rev. 2009).

Ministry-Mandated Themes

The General Education curriculum includes a broad range of courses falling into one or more of the following themes mandated by the Ministry:

  • Arts in Society – Seneca courses that fall within this theme will typically be designated as Arts and Humanities
  • Civic Life – Seneca courses that fall within this theme will typically be designated as Sciences and Social Sciences
  • Social and Cultural Understanding – Seneca courses that fall within this theme can be designated as Sciences and Social Sciences or Arts and Humanities, depending on the course content
  • Personal Understanding – Seneca courses that fall within this theme will typically be designated as Sciences and Social Sciences
  • Science and Technology – Seneca courses that fall within this theme will typically be designated as Sciences and Social Sciences.

Requirements

  • Students in diploma or advanced diploma programs must successfully complete a minimum of three (3) General Education courses to graduate.
    • Students must complete one (1) General Education course from the Arts and Humanities category, one (1) General Education course from Sciences and Social Sciences, and one (1) course, which can be chosen from either category.
  • Students are responsible for ensuring that they meet Seneca’s General Education requirements.
  • Some certificate programs require General Education courses.

Note: Professional Option courses and College English courses are not equivalent to General Education courses.

Supporting Documentation

  • None

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