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Science and Technology – General Education

Courses provide students the opportunity to explore interactions between living and non-living systems through scientific inquiry.

Business (two-year)/Business Administration (three-year) – Human Resources

Personal Understanding – General Education

Courses provide students the opportunity to develop individual mental, physical and spiritual levels.

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Social and Cultural Understanding – General Education

Courses examine the impact of major issues, trends and events as they affect societies on a local, national, and global level.

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Civic Life – General Education

Courses provide an understanding of relations between the various levels of government in Canada and citizens.

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Arts in Society – General Education

Courses provide an appreciation for the aesthetic values used in examining works of visual art, performance art and literature. 

General education

Ongoing surveys, dating back to the 1990s, consistently show that employers seek graduates who have a broad understanding of society, which extends beyond the applied education received through obtaining their diplomas.

To meet this need, the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities requires students to complete general education courses related to personal and/or societal importance designed to strengthen critical analysis, problem solving, and communication skills. These courses are in addition to vocational and essential employability skills courses.

All Durham College students enrolled in two and three-year diploma programs are required to complete three general education courses. General education courses are not required in any one-year certificate program, apprenticeship or Continuing Education certificate programs.

Types of general education courses:

  1. Elective

    Elective general education courses are courses from an approved pool of courses over which students exercise choice. These courses must meet the general education standard for theoretical breadth but provide learning opportunities beyond the vocational field of study.

  2. Required

    Required general education courses are courses selected by the student’s program and/or school but students have some choice as to when they take these courses. These courses must meet the general education standard for theoretical breadth but are not required to be outside the vocational field of study. All program Vocational Learning Outcomes must be met without the inclusion of outcomes from these general education courses.

  3. Mandatory

    Mandatory general education courses are courses selected by the student’s program and/or school and they are not subject to any student choice. These courses must meet the general education standard for theoretical breadth but are not typically outside the vocational field of study. All program Vocational Learning Outcomes must be met without the inclusion of outcomes from these general education courses. 

Please note: The type and number of elective courses available will vary from semester to semester and from year to year.

General education courses provide a broad theoretical overview of a topic of personal and/or societal importance covering the following five themes:

View our frequently asked questions to learn more about general education offerings or view the General Education Policy located on the policies webpage.

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