General Arts and Science(Two Year)


Course Description

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.

General Arts and Science students are self-motivated, enthusiastic, and bring a variety of skills, interests and knowledge to their placements. Field placements are an excellent way for students to explore careers in various fields, contribute to the community and show what they have to offer. We provide opportunities that suit each student's unique skills and interests - when it's all over, students have something for their personal portfolio.

A broad education in arts and science provides the foundation to succeed in a wide range of careers:

  • Graduates of our certificate program find employment in advanced/managerial service and retail positions. 
  • Graduates of our diploma program become facilitators, social service workers, correctional officers, retail managers, and entrepreneurs. Earning a diploma will prepare students for managerial positions in government, education, criminal justice, human services, education, business, manufacturing, media, technology, and communications, to name a few. 
  • Others continue their education in a college post-graduate program or apply their credits towards advanced standing at university. 

Is it for you?

This program is designed to meet a wide range of learning needs. General Arts and Science may be a perfect fit if you are:

  • Interested in many subjects and want to keep your options open.
  • Finishing high school and unsure of your direction.
  • Seeking to upgrade your qualifications to gain admission to university.
  • Unhappy in your job and want to discover your career passion.

About Course


  • Semester 1
    COUN1000 Arts & Science Seminar
    Students examine and discuss factors that improve academic success in College programs – learning style assessment, managing time and stress, relating to others, managing lifestyle issues and improving student skills (reading, studying, test taking, critical thinking and assignment preparation).
    COUN1002 Career Resource Development
    Students explore the structure and function of occupational groups in Canada. Specific study areas include: employment trends, occupational training, professionalism, entrepreneurship and applications of research specific to areas of personal occupational interest.
    COMP1004 Computer Essentials
    This course provides intermediate-level computer users with more advanced instruction in PowerPoint and word processing. Through practical lab experience, students become more efficient operating current workplace software applications.
    ACCT1006 Financial Management
    Students examine the financial planning process beginning with an understanding of income, taxation and budgeting for short- and long-term goals. Investments and retirement strategies including estate planning will be covered.
    COMM1060 Introduction to Language Theory & Composition
    This introductory course focuses on the study of language. Students improve their writing skills by summarizing and critiquing articles as well as writing reports. The course also assists students in improving their editing skills with the use of in-class exercises.
  • Semester 2
    COMM1061 Advanced Language Theory & Composition
    This course focuses on the acquisition and cultural context of language. Students continue to work on writing and editing skills with advanced exercises and applications in sentence, paragraph and essay development.
    COUN1001 Interpersonal Psychology
    This course is designed to increase participants’ understanding of themselves, others and their interaction processes. Three main areas of human relations theory will be addressed: i) interpersonal communication; ii) self-concept, self-esteem and personality; and iii) values, goals and personal excellence.
    WKPL1014 Practicum 1
    Students complete an orientation, evaluation and follow-up process to the career practicum for first-year, second-semester students in General Arts and Science. Co-requisite: PRAC 1005
    PRAC1005 Practicum Seminar 1
    Students complete an orientation, evaluation and follow-up process to the career practicum for first-year, second-semester students in General Arts and Science. Co-requisite: WKPL 1014
    GASP1009 Technology and Humanity
    This course is an overview of the scientific philosophy and the advance of technology. Students study theoretical concepts in relation to the impact of technology on the human environment and society.
  • Semester 3
    COMM2024 Essay Writing
    This course focuses on the process of academic writing. The components and types of essays are identified and practised with a particular emphasis on the development of editing skills.
    PRAC2020 Field Placement Preparation 2
    Students complete an orientation, evaluation and follow-up process to the career practicum for second-year students in the General Arts and Science program. Prerequisite: PRAC 1005
    PSYC2014 History of Psychiatry
    This course surveys the history of madness in both Western Europe and North America by tracing the evolution of diagnosis, treatment and public attitude towards persons living with mental health challenges.
    COMM2023 Oral Communications & Media Analysis
    The goal is to provide students the opportunity to learn and practise oral communication skills through an analysis of mass communication in contemporary society.
    SOCI2012 Sociology 2
    This course assists learners in developing a clearer understanding of gender issues and creating awareness about their ethno-cultural values and beliefs through the examination of significant historical events and socio-cultural experiences.
  • Semester 4
    COUN2021 Critical Thinking & Ethics
    This course is designed to help students develop a basic competency in ethical analysis, with a focus on fostering critical thinking as it relates to modern day moral complexities.
    SOCI2015 Cultural Anthropology
    This courses focuses on the study of similarities and differences amongst a variety of cultures. We will study concepts, theories and current debates in analyzing cultural beliefs and practices cross-culturally, focusing discussion on technology, material culture, social organization, languages, ideologies and religions.
    SOCI2014 Global Issues & Pol. Sys.
    This course covers current global issues focusing on the economic, political and historical perspectives of these issues. The roles and influence of transnational corporations and non-governmental organizations in the current global environment are also discussed.
    COMM2026 Professional Portfolio
    In this course students will complete two capstone projects to culminate their overall learning from their Loyalist classes and help prepare them for continued post-secondary education and lifelong learning. The literature review will apply writing and editing skills and further develop comprehensive research skills. The education portfolio will document past learning experiences in preparation for possible transfer credits to other post-secondary institutions.
    PSYC2008 Psychology 2
    An encore to Psychology 1, this course adds to the psychological perspectives and theories previously addressed. Using an integrative approach, various psychological disorders will be discussed; causes, treatment options and classification systems used to diagnose these abnormal behaviours will be examined. Prerequisite: PSYC 1007

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