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General Education Courses

General education courses will help you strengthen your essential employability skills, such as critical analysis, problem-solving, and communication, in the context of an exploration of topics with broad-based personal and/or societal importance. We not only help you be better at your chosen field but also help provide you with a competitive edge.

You must complete at least three general education courses from the following categories:

  • One course from arts and humanities 
  • One course from sciences and social sciences, and
  • One course chosen from either of the above categories. 

Visit your online Student Home for additional information on academic requirements for your program.

You can take only level one and two language courses as general education courses, and a maximum of two language courses can be used towards general education requirements.

Please note: Communicating Across Contexts (COM101/ COM111) are not general education courses.


Below is the list of courses offered for the fall 2020 term. Students may be expected to be available for part of the regularly scheduled class period

Course Title Category Section Day and Time of Classes Availability
CAN196 Growing Up Digital - Living and Working in Canada Arts & Humanities KAA Online Full
CAN217 African-Canadian Studies Arts & Humanities KAA Online Available Online Only
KBB Online Available Online Only
CAN230 Women in Canada Arts & Humanities KAA Thursday 8:55 a.m. - 10:40 a.m. Available Online Only
CAN418 Indigenous Studies Arts & Humanities KAA Tuesday 8:55 a.m. - 10:40 a.m. Available Online Only
CUL501 The City in History Arts & Humanities KAA Online Available Online Only
KBB Online Available Online Only
CUL542 Modern Civilization Arts & Humanities KAA Online Available Online Only
CUL721 The Culture of Celebrity Arts & Humanities KAA Online Available Online Only
KBB Online Available Online Only
FLM280 World Cinema Arts & Humanities KAA Tuesday 2:25 p.m. - 4:10 p.m. Available Online Only
HIS250 Our Place in the Universe Sciences & Social Sciences KAA Wednesday 12:35 p.m. - 2:20 p.m. Available Online Only
KBB Monday 2:25 p.m. - 4:10 p.m. Available Online Only
NAT245 Complementary and Alternative Medicine Sciences & Social Sciences KAA Tuesday 2:25 p.m. - 4:10 p.m. Available Online Only
NAT330 Environmental Literacy Sciences & Social Sciences KAA Monday 10:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Available Online Only
KBB Monday 2:25 p.m. - 4:10 p.m. Available Online Only
NAT542 The Blue Planet Sciences & Social Sciences KAA Thursday 8:55 a.m. - 10:40 a.m. Full
KBB Thursday 11:40 a.m. - 1:25 p.m. Full
PHL111 World Religions Arts & Humanities KAA Online Available Online Only
KBB Online Available Online Only
PSY222 Psychology of Happiness Sciences & Social Sciences KAA Monday 2:25 p.m. - 4:10 p.m. Full
KBB Wednesday 12:35 p.m. - 2:20 p.m. Full
PSY350 Brain and Behaviour Sciences & Social Sciences KAA Monday 10:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Full
KBB Friday 10:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Full
SES224 Canadian Humour Arts & Humanities KAA Monday 2:25 p.m. - 4:10 p.m. Available Online Only
SOC217 The Sociology of Food Sciences & Social Sciences KAA Online Full
KBB Online Full
SOC402 Holocaust and Genocide In The 20th Century Sciences & Social Sciences KAA Thursday 8:55 a.m. - 10:40 a.m. Available Online Only

None offered this semester.

Course Title Category Section Day and Time of Classes Availability
CAN118 Introduction to Canadian Studies Arts & Humanities NBA Monday 4:15 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Full
NBB Wednesday 4:15 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Full
CAN149 Current Issues in Canada Arts & Humanities NBA Tuesday 10:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Full
CAN180 Immigration and Ethnicity Arts & Humanities NBA Online Full
NBB Online Full
CAN190 The Canadian Political System Sciences & Social Sciences NBA Monday 1:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Full
NBB Wednesday 8:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Full
CAN196 Growing Up Digital - Living and Working in Canada Arts & Humanities NBA Online Full
CAN230 Women in Canada Arts & Humanities NBA Friday 11:40 a.m. - 1:25 p.m. Full
NBB Friday 2:25 p.m. - 4:10 p.m. Full
CAN275 Current Canadian Issues Arts & Humanities NBA Online Available Online Only
NBB Online Available Online Only
CAN418 Indigenous Studies Arts & Humanities NBA Online Available Online Only
NBB Online Available Online Only
CAN493 What In The World Is Going On In Canada Eh? Arts & Humanities NBA Online Available Online Only
NBB Online Available Online Only
CAN560 Canadian Mash-Up: Immigrant Stories in Art Arts & Humanities NBA Online Available Online Only
CUL255 Rock and Roll: A Cultural History Arts & Humanities NBA Online Available Online Only
NBB Online Available Online Only
CUL286 Cross Cultural Communications Arts & Humanities NBA Online Available Online Only
CUL485 Movies and Morality Arts & Humanities NBA Online Full
NBB Online Full
CUL493 What in the World is Going On? Arts & Humanities NBA Thursday 4:15 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Available Online Only
NBB Wednesday 1:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Available Online Only
NBC Monday 4:15 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Available Online Only
CUL502 Media and Popular Culture Arts & Humanities NBB Tuesday 4:15 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Available Online Only
NBC Thursday 10:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Available Online Only
NBD Tuesday 10:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Available Online Only
CUL610 China and the World Arts & Humanities NBA Monday 5:10 p.m. - 6:55 p.m. Full
NBB Tuesday 5:10 p.m. - 6:55 p.m. Full
NBC Online Full
NBD Online Full
CUL721 The Culture of Celebrity Arts & Humanities NBA Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Available Online Only
EAC217 The Short Story Arts & Humanities NBA Online Available Online Only
NBB Online Available Online Only
NBC Online Available Online Only
EAC234 Science Fiction Arts & Humanities NBA Online Available Online Only
EAC268 The Gothic Horror Story Arts & Humanities NBA Online Available Online Only
NBB Online Available Online Only
EAC273 Introduction to Children's Literature Arts & Humanities NBA Tuesday 5:10 p.m. - 6:55 p.m. Available Online Only
NBB Thursday 5:10 p.m. - 6:55 p.m. Available Online Only
NBC Wednesday 11:40 a.m. - 1:25 p.m. Available Online Only
NBD Thursday 11:40 a.m. - 1:25 p.m. Available Online Only
EAC297 Myths and Legends Arts & Humanities NBA Online Available Online Only
NBB Online Available Online Only
NBC Tuesday 4:15 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Available Online Only
NBD Wednesday 10:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Available Online Only
EAC384 Creative Writing Arts & Humanities NBA Monday 10:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Available Online Only
NBB Online Available Online Only
EAC411 Language of Media Arts & Humanities NBA Online Available Online Only
EAC505 Fantasy Literature Arts & Humanities NBA Online Available Online Only
NBB Online Available Online Only
EAC666 The Undead in Fiction Arts & Humanities NBA Online Available Online Only
EAC955 Sports Journalism Arts & Humanities NBA Online Available Online Only
ECN230 Making Sense of Our Economy Sciences & Social Sciences NBA Tuesday 2:25 p.m. - 4:10 p.m. Full
NBB Wednesday 2:25 p.m. - 4:10 p.m. Full
FLM278 Introduction to Film Studies Arts & Humanities NBA Wednesday 1:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Available Online Only
NBB Thursday 10:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Available Online Only
NBC Friday 10:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Available Online Only
NBD Tuesday 10:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Full
FLS100 Introductory French Arts & Humanities NBA Wednesday 2:25 p.m. - 4:10 p.m. Full
FST366 Film as Art Arts & Humanities NBA Thursday 1:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Available Online Only
FST368 Contemporary Global Issues Arts & Humanities NBB Thursday 10:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Available Online Only
HIS554 Guns and Peasants in East Asia Sciences & Social Sciences NBA Monday 5:10 p.m. - 6:55 p.m. Available Online Only
LAN115 Conversational Spanish for Beginners Arts & Humanities NBB Tuesday 4:15 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Full
NBC Online Full
LGE111 Italian Language Skills 1 Arts & Humanities NBA Online Full
LGE903 Korean Language Skills 1 Arts & Humanities NBA Friday 10:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Full
NAT101 Is There Life Beyond Earth? Sciences & Social Sciences NBA Wednesday 5:10 p.m. - 6:55 p.m. Full
NBB Thursday 5:10 p.m. - 6:55 p.m. Full
NAT108 Understanding Science and Technology Sciences & Social Sciences NBA Friday 8:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Full
NAT112 Physiology of Fitness Sciences & Social Sciences NBA Tuesday 1:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Full
NBB Tuesday 10:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Available Online Only
NAT131 Physical Geography Sciences & Social Sciences NBA Online Full
NBB Thursday 1:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Available Online Only
NBC Online Full
NAT160 Natural Science: Nutrition Sciences & Social Sciences NBA Wednesday 10:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Full
NBB Wednesday 1:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Full
NEI Thursday 9:50 a.m. - 11:35 a.m. Available Online Only
NAT161 Astronomy: Explore the Night Sky Sciences & Social Sciences NBA Thursday 4:15 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Full
NAT245 Complementary and Alternative Medicine Sciences & Social Sciences NBA Thursday 1:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Available Online Only
NBB Tuesday 8:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Available Online Only
NAT260 Environmental Science Sciences & Social Sciences NBA Thursday 2:25 p.m. - 4:10 p.m. Full
NBB Friday 2:25 p.m. - 4:10 p.m. Full
NAT280 The Body: Bits and Bites Sciences & Social Sciences NBA Monday 2:25 p.m. - 4:10 p.m. Full
NBB Tuesday 2:25 p.m. - 4:10 p.m. Full
NAT290 From One Species to Another: Exploring Evolution Sciences & Social Sciences NBA Online Available Online Only
NBB Online Available Online Only
NAT542 The Blue Planet Sciences & Social Sciences NBA Online Available Online Only
NBB Online Full
PHL108 The Meaning of Life Arts & Humanities NBA Friday 1:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Full
PHL185 Big Ideas in Philosophy Arts & Humanities NBA Monday 1:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Available Online Only
PLS300 Political Ideologies Sciences & Social Sciences NBA Online Available Online Only
NBB Online Available Online Only
PSY100 Introduction to Psychology Sciences & Social Sciences NBC Online Full
NBD Online Full
NBE Wednesday 4:15 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Full
PSY162 Psychology and Personal Growth Sciences & Social Sciences NBA Thursday 4:15 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Full
NBB Online Full
PSY172 Group Dynamics Sciences & Social Sciences NBA Friday 8:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Available Online Only
PSY204 Perception and Communication Sciences & Social Sciences NBB Online Full
PSY214 Psychology of Creativity Sciences & Social Sciences NBA Tuesday 10:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Available Online Only
NBB Wednesday 8:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Available Online Only
PSY222 Psychology of Happiness Sciences & Social Sciences NBA Monday 8:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Full
PSY262 Mindfulness for Students Sciences & Social Sciences NBA Wednesday 10:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Full
SCL100 An Introduction to Sociology Sciences & Social Sciences NBA Online Available Online Only
NBB Friday 10:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Available Online Only
NBD Online Available Online Only
SES289 Zombie Apocalypse Arts & Humanities NBA Online Available Online Only
NBB Online Available Online Only
SOC135 Global Economic Issues Sciences & Social Sciences NBA Wednesday 10:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Available Online Only
NBB Monday 10:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Full
SOC211 Women's Studies - Introduction Sciences & Social Sciences NBA Online Available Online Only
NBB Online Available Online Only
NBC Thursday 8:55 a.m. - 10:40 a.m. Available Online Only
SOC216 Religion and Culture in Canada Sciences & Social Sciences NBA Online Available Online Only
NBB Online Available Online Only
SOC222 2000 Years of Globalization Sciences & Social Sciences NBA Wednesday 10:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Available Online Only
NBB Friday 1:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Available Online Only
SOC252 GAME ON! - Sports in Society Sciences & Social Sciences NBA Online Available Online Only
NBB Online Available Online Only
SOC270 Interpersonal and Intercultural Communications Sciences & Social Sciences NBA Friday 8:55 a.m. - 10:40 a.m. Available Online Only
NBB Thursday 8:55 a.m. - 10:40 a.m. Available Online Only
NBC Monday 8:55 a.m. - 10:40 a.m. Available Online Only
SOC394 Voices from the Front: Contemporary Indigeneity Sciences & Social Sciences NAA Monday 11:40 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Available Online Only
NBB Wednesday 10:45 a.m. - 11:35 a.m. Available Online Only
Course Title Category Section Day and Time of Classes Availability
CAN410 Indigenous Awareness: Towards Truth and Reconciliation Sciences & Social Sciences SYA Online Available Online Only
SYB Online Available Online Only
CUL342 Satire: The Power of Laughter Arts & Humanities SYA Monday 10:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Full
SYB Thursday 12:35 p.m. - 2:20 p.m. Available Online Only
CUL352 Masculinities Sciences & Social Sciences SYA Tuesday 10:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Full
SYB Tuesday 2:25 p.m. - 4:10 p.m. Full
CUL402 The 1960s Arts & Humanities SYA Monday 10:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Available Online Only
SYB Wednesday 8:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Available Online Only
CUL706 Myths, Dreams, and Consciousness Arts & Humanities SYA Monday 2:25 p.m. - 4:10 p.m. Full
SYB Wednesday 8:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Full
CUL710 The World of Art Arts & Humanities SYA Tuesday 10:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Available Online Only
SYB Thursday 12:35 p.m. - 2:20 p.m. Available Online Only
CUL721 The Culture of Celebrity Arts & Humanities SYA Online Full
EAC359 Villains: Explorations of Evil & Villainy Arts & Humanities SYA Wednesday 12:35 p.m. - 2:20 p.m. Available Online Only
EAC384 Creative Writing Arts & Humanities SYA Tuesday 10:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Available Online Only
SYB Tuesday 2:25 p.m. - 4:10 p.m. Full
EAC678 The World Of Harry Potter Arts & Humanities SYA Online Full
SYB Online Full
FLM280 World Cinema Arts & Humanities SYA Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Available Online Only
HIS201 World War II - Historical & Cultural Perspectives Arts & Humanities SYA Tuesday 2:25 p.m. - 4:10 p.m. Available Online Only
SYB Wednesday 12:35 p.m. - 2:20 p.m. Available Online Only
NAT155 World Geography Sciences & Social Sciences SYA Monday 10:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Available Online Only
SYB Monday 2:25 p.m. - 4:10 p.m. Available Online Only
SYC Wednesday 12:35 p.m. - 2:20 p.m. Available Online Only
NAT160 Natural Science: Nutrition Sciences & Social Sciences SYA Online Full
SYB Online Full
PHL102 Introduction to Philosophy Arts & Humanities SYA Friday 10:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Available Online Only
SYB Friday 2:25 p.m. - 4:10 p.m. Available Online Only
PSY141 Social Psychology Sciences & Social Sciences SYA Friday 10:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Full
SYB Friday 2:25 p.m. - 4:10 p.m. Full
PSY214 Psychology of Creativity Sciences & Social Sciences SYA Online Available Online Only
SYB Online Available Online Only
PSY222 Psychology of Happiness Sciences & Social Sciences SYA Online Full
SYB Online Full
SYC Online Full
PSY379 Personality Psychology Sciences & Social Sciences SYA Online Full
SOC135 Global Economic Issues Sciences & Social Sciences SYA Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Available Online Only
SYB Friday 10:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Available Online Only
SOC218 From Farm to Table: Exploring What We Eat and Why it Matters Sciences & Social Sciences SYA Online Available Online Only
SYB Online Available Online Only
SYC Online Available Online Only
Course Title Category Section Day and Time of Classes Availability
CAN410 Indigenous Awareness: Towards Truth and Reconciliation Sciences & Social Sciences YAA Online Available Online Only
NAT245 Complementary and Alternative Medicine Sciences & Social Sciences YAA Wednesday 8:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Available Online Only
PSY141 Social Psychology Sciences & Social Sciences YAA Wednesday 8:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Available Online Only