Not sure which direction you want to take your career in yet? No problem. Build a well-rounded foundation for further education in our General Arts and Science program. With readily transferable courses, flexible delivery methods and personal timetables, it’s easy to create an education fit for your future in the General Arts and Science program.

Starting your university degree at Lethbridge College just makes sense. With small class sizes, instructors who know you by name, a supportive and personalized environment, and about 95 per cent of your courses transferable to colleges and universities across Canada and the world, starting here truly can take you anywhere.

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Start here, go anywhere! General Studies provides the learner with foundational skills that transfer easily to a wide variety of careers and academic programs ranging from social scientists to teachers, from business entrepreneurs to nurses, and much, much more.

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About 95 per cent of courses are transferable to other post-secondary institutions

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September, January and May

Credential / Accreditation

Diploma

Duration

2 years

Application Deadlines

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Admissions

Students are accepted into the General Studies program for the Fall (September), Winter (January) or Spring (May) terms.

General Admissions Requirements

All applicants must meet the general admission requirements for Lethbridge College programs, as indicated in the Admission section of this calendar.

Transfers
Other Colleges and Universities

Many of the courses offered in General Studies are transferable to a wide variety of institutions and programs across Alberta, Canada and internationally. Although advance credit is ultimately determined by the receiving institution, it may be possible for you to start your post-secondary educational program in General Studies at Lethbridge College. Please make an appointment to speak with an Academic Advisor at Lethbridge College if you wish to pursue this option.

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Delivery Formats

The General Arts and Science program is delivered on campus. We also offer a set of online, asynchronous courses to support students in this program who are not on campus.

Fall 2021 – Health Guidelines

If there are changes to Alberta Health Services guidelines, this program will move to an online synchronous format during scheduled class times.

On-Campus

This program is delivered in a face-to-face format on the main Lethbridge College campus in accordance with AHS guidelines. Lectures, labs and hands-on training opportunities will all take place on-campus in Lethbridge.

Online

This program is fully delivered online with both synchronous (learning occurs in real-time on a set schedule) and asynchronous (learning does not occur at the same time or same place) components.

Courses

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General Studies Diploma

Students wishing to qualify for a General Arts and Science diploma must successfully complete 60 credits according to the following:

  • Core Area: a minimum of 30 credits
  • Electives: any other post-secondary courses to bring total to 60 credits
  • Suggested courses are listed below; other approved courses may also be used.
Curriculum

Core area: a minimum of 3 credits from each of the following areas from the School of Liberal Arts and Life Sciences for a minimum of 30 credits. Must complete a minimum of 15 credits at the 2000 level (including courses from any discipline or program). Must take a maximum of 12 courses (36 credits) from one discipline/subject area as identified by the course prefix (e.g., PSY, SOC, ENG).

Course Title Credits
Career and Personal Skills Development  
BLK-1151 Blackfoot Language I 3
BLK-2251 Blackfoot Language II 3
BUS-1170 Introduction to Management 3
COL-1130 Achieving College Success 3
CMM-2295 Telling Stories II: Script to Screen 3
COM-1162 Interpersonal Relationships and Communications 3
COM-1170 Helping Relationships 3
CPL-1150 Community Service Learning 3
CPU-1151 Introduction to Computers 1.5
CPU-2251 Computer Applications 1.5
EXS-1159 Exercise and Healthful Living 3
EXS-1178 Resistance Training 3
LAR-1130 College Reading and Writing 3
PED-1157 Health, Wellness and Personal Fitness 1.5
PED-1175 Baseball 1.5
PED-1180 Introduction to Coaching 3
PED-2272 Leadership in Physical Education 3
PED-2276 Weight Training and Exercise II 1.5
PED-2280 Advanced Coaching 3
PRS-1155 Speech 3
SPN-1150 Introductory Spanish 3
SPN-1151 Introductory Spanish II 3
Social Sciences  
ANT-1195 Cultural Anthropology 3
ANT-2295 Anthropology of Gender 3
ARK-2261 Archaeology of Prehistoric Europe 3
ARK-2265 Archaeology of Ancient Civilizations 3
HIS-1170 Western Civilization 3
HIS-2265 Canadian History 3
HIS-2270 American History 3
PSC-1150 Local Government 3
PSC-1161 Introduction to Politics 3
PSC-1165 Canadian Government 3
PSC-2250 Parties and Elections 3
PSC-2260 International Relations 3
PSC-2280 Political Philosophy 3
PSY-1160 Introduction to Psychology 3
PSY-1168 Sport and Exercise Psychology 3
PSY-1170 Human Development Across the Lifespan 3
PSY-1171 Child Growth and Development 3
PSY-1177 Psychology of Aging 3
PSY-1179 Adolescent Development 3
PSY-1191 The Developing Brain 3
PSY-2253 Child Psychopathology 3
PSY-2255 Psychology of Sports 3
PSY-2260 Abnormal Psychology 3
PSY-2270 Introduction to Personality Theory 3
PSY-2275 Introduction to Forensic Psychology 3
PSY-2277 Addictions Treatment 3
PSY-2280 Social Psychology 3
PSY-2290 Brain and Behaviour 3
PSY-2299 Independent Study in Psychology 3
SOC-1160 Introduction to Sociology 3
SOC-1167 Sociology of Aging 3
SOC-1170 Introduction to Social Work 3
SOC-2250 Sociology of Sports 3
SOC-2260 Social Problems 3
SOC-2270 Sociology of the Family 3
SOC-2276 Sexuality 3
Sciences  
ARK-1165 Introduction Into Archaeology 3
BIO-1150 Cellular Basis of Life 3
BIO-1151 Environmental Issues 3
BIO-1152 Physiology of Aging 3
BIO-1155 Human Nutrition 3
BIO-1156 Wellness and Health Issues 3
BIO-1157 Diversity of Life 3
BIO-1160 Anatomy and Physiology I 3
BIO-1161 Anatomy and Physiology II 3
BIO-1162 Microbiology 3
BIO-1169 Structural Human Anatomy 3
BIO-1180 Human Physiology 3
CHM-1151 Chemistry in Context 3
MTH-1149 Pre-Calculus 3
MTH-1156 Techniques of Calculus 3
MTH-1160 Calculus I 3
MTH-1165 Calculus II 3
STS-2270 Social Science Research Methods 3
Humanities  
ART-1150 Art Explorations 3
ART-1160 Painting I 3
ART-1170 Sculpture I 3
BLK-2251 Blackfoot Language II 3
HUM-1150 Logic 3
HUM-1155 Ethics 3
HUM-1158 Creative Problem-Solving 3
HUM-1180 Introduction to World Religions 3
HUM-1190 Popular Culture 3
HUM-2281 Christianity 3
HUM-2285 Buddhism 3
HUM-2291 Film Studies 3
INS-1150 Exploring Indigenous Perspectives 3
INS-1155 Introduction to Indigenous Studies 3
MUS-1150 Music Appreciation 3
SPN-1150 Introductory Spanish 3
SPN-1151 Introductory Spanish II 3
English  
ENG-1150 Composition 3
ENG-1159 Writing for the Workplace 3
ENG-1165 Introduction to Creative Writing 3
ENG-1180 Survey of Canadian Literature 3
ENG-1185 Writing for Children and Young Adults 3
ENG-1190 Introduction to Language and Literature 3
ENG-2260 Introduction to Dramatic Literature 3
ENG-2265 Indigenous Literature 3
ENG-2285 Children's Literature 3
ENG-2290 Writing for the Screen 3
Electives  
Any other post-secondary courses to bring the total to 60 credits.  
General Arts and Science Diploma Liberal Arts Majors
  • English
  • Psychology and Sociology
English Major

Written communication is a key component of all academic inquiry, regardless of discipline.  The English major equips students with an array of tools for English expression, providing them a distinct advantage in both their present and future academic endeavors.  Written communication is also a key component in the affairs of business, government, law, education, and science.  Therefore, the tools acquired in the English major are also of considerable value beyond the academy.  Finally, through the study of various literary genres and the literature of various historical periods, the English major develops the critical thinking skills and creativity necessary for understanding the global phenomenon that is English culture.

English Curriculum
Course Title Credits
Year 1
Term I
ENG-1150 Composition 3
ENG-1190 Introduction to Language and Literature 3
HUM-1150 Logic 3
PSC-1161 Introduction to Politics 3
PSY-1160 Introduction to Psychology 3
  Credits 15
Term II
BIO-1151 Environmental Issues 3
ENG-1165 Introduction to Creative Writing 3
ENG-1180 Survey of Canadian Literature 3
HIS-1170 Western Civilization 3
SOC-1160 Introduction to Sociology 3
  Credits 15
Year 2
Term I
COM-1162 Interpersonal Relationships and Communications 3
ENG-2265 Indigenous Literature 3
ENG-2290 Writing for the Screen 3
HIS-2265 Canadian History
or American History
3
Approved Elective 3
  Credits 15
Term II
ENG-2260 Introduction to Dramatic Literature 3
ENG-2285 Children's Literature 3
HUM-2291 Film Studies 3
Approved Elective 3
Approved Elective 3
  Credits 15
  Total Credits 60
Psychology and Sociology Major

The study of psychology and sociology are core elements of a liberal arts post-secondary education. Psychology and sociology courses give students a working knowledge of the major disciplines and methods of inquiry in the social sciences. Students develop a sense of historical perspective and deepen their understanding of their own and other people’s historical and cultural heritage. Students explore a vast array of topics, from the intricate workings of the human mind to the complex social interactions at a family and societal level.  As part of a foundation for other educational disciplines, this major will help students understand topics such as culture, race, religion, sex and gender, deviance and crime, and how individuals within society come to understand their roles.

Psychology and Sociology Curriculum
Course Title Credits
Year 1
Term I
ENG-1150 Composition 3
PSC-1161 Introduction to Politics 3
PSY-1160 Introduction to Psychology 3
PSY-1170 Human Development Across the Lifespan 3
SOC-1167 Sociology of Aging 3
  Credits 15
Term II
BIO-1151 Environmental Issues 3
HIS-1170 Western Civilization 3
PSY-2280 Social Psychology 3
SOC-1160 Introduction to Sociology 3
SOC-2276 Sexuality 3
  Credits 15
Year 2
Term I
PSY-2270 Introduction to Personality Theory 3
PSY-2290 Brain and Behaviour 3
SOC-2270 Sociology of the Family 3
Approved Elective 3
Approved Elective 3
  Credits 15
Term II
PSY-2260 Abnormal Psychology 3
SOC-2260 Social Problems 3
STS-2270 Social Science Research Methods 3
Approved Elective 3
Approved Elective 3
  Credits 15
  Total Credits 60
General Arts and Science - Liberal Arts Majors Approved Electives
Course Title Credits
ANT-1195 Cultural Anthropology 3
ANT-2295 Anthropology of Gender 3
ARK-1165 Introduction Into Archaeology 3
ARK-2261 Archaeology of Prehistoric Europe 3
ARK-2265 Archaeology of Ancient Civilizations 3
ART-1150 Art Explorations 3
ART-1170 Sculpture I 3
BIO-1150 Cellular Basis of Life 3
BIO-1152 Physiology of Aging 3
BIO-1155 Human Nutrition 3
BIO-1156 Wellness and Health Issues 3
BIO-1157 Diversity of Life 3
BIO-1160 Anatomy and Physiology I 3
BIO-1161 Anatomy and Physiology II 3
BIO-1162 Microbiology 3
BLK-1151 Blackfoot Language I 3
BUS-1166 Business Law 3
CHM-1151 Chemistry in Context 3
COM-1162 Interpersonal Relationships and Communications 3
COM-1170 Helping Relationships 3
CMM-2295 Telling Stories II: Script to Screen 3
CPU-1151 Introduction to Computers 1.5
CPU-2251 Computer Applications 1.5
ECN-1180 Microeconomics 3
ECN-2253 Macroeconomics 3
ENG-1165 Introduction to Creative Writing 3
ENG-1180 Survey of Canadian Literature 3
ENG-1190 Introduction to Language and Literature 3
ENG-2260 Introduction to Dramatic Literature 3
ENG-2265 Indigenous Literature 3
ENG-2285 Children's Literature 3
ENG-2290 Writing for the Screen 3
EXS-1159 Exercise and Healthful Living 3
HIS-2265 Canadian History 3
HIS-2270 American History 3
HUM-1150 Logic 3
HUM-1155 Ethics 3
HUM-1180 Introduction to World Religions 3
HUM-1190 Popular Culture 3
HUM-2281 Christianity 3
HUM-2285 Buddhism 3
HUM-2291 Film Studies 3
INS-1155 Introduction to Indigenous Studies 3
MUS-1150 Music Appreciation 3
PED-1180 Introduction to Coaching 3
PRS-1155 Speech 3
PSC-1150 Local Government 3
PSC-1165 Canadian Government 3
PSC-2250 Parties and Elections 3
PSC-2260 International Relations 3
PSC-2280 Political Philosophy 3
PSY-1170 Human Development Across the Lifespan 3
PSY-1171 Child Growth and Development 3
PSY-1177 Psychology of Aging 3
PSY-1179 Adolescent Development 3
PSY-2253 Child Psychopathology 3
PSY-2255 Psychology of Sports 3
PSY-2260 Abnormal Psychology 3
PSY-2270 Introduction to Personality Theory 3
PSY-2275 Introduction to Forensic Psychology 3
PSY-2277 Addictions Treatment 3
PSY-2280 Social Psychology 3
PSY-2290 Brain and Behaviour 3
SOC-1167 Sociology of Aging 3
SOC-1170 Introduction to Social Work 3
SOC-2250 Sociology of Sports 3
SOC-2260 Social Problems 3
SOC-2270 Sociology of the Family 3
SOC-2276 Sexuality 3
SPN-1150 Introductory Spanish 3
SPN-1151 Introductory Spanish II 3
STS-2270 Social Science Research Methods 3

Other post-secondary courses open to General Arts and Science students may be considered.

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Tuition and Fees

Title Tuition Fees Books/Supplies
Year 1
$3,200.00
$1,104.00
$1,463.00
Year 2
$3,135.00
$1,104.00
$1,300.00
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International Students
Title Tuition Fees Books/Supplies
Year 1
$12,200.00
$1,104.00
$1,463.00
Year 2
$12,449.00
$1,104.00
$1,300.00
Notes

Costs for supplies may vary considerably depending on what students already have or where they purchased their supplies; cost provided is on the moderately high end.

Students will be charged a medical/dental benefit fee unless they opt out by demonstrating alternative coverage prior to the end of the first week of class.

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