Not sure which direction you want to take your career in yet? No problem. Build a well-rounded foundation for further education with readily transferable courses in our General Studies program.

 

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Overview

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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.

Stick with an eclectic mix of courses or pursue a major in the area that interests you most – the decision is yours. And with flexible course selections, flexible delivery methods and personal timetables, it’s easy to create an education that works for you and your life’s demands.

Get started on your future – apply to the General Studies program today!

Career opportunities

Your options after graduation are endless. Many of our graduates continue their education and find careers they love as:

  • scientists
  • teachers
  • business entrepreneurs
  • nurses
  • events coordinators
Starts In: September, January, May
Status: English major: Winter (January) 2018 waitlisting. Other majors: Now accepting applications.
Next Intake: English major: Fall (September) 2018. Other majors: Winter (January) 2018.
Application Deadlines:

  • Domestic for Winter 2018: January 3, 2018
  • International for Winter 2018: October 1, 2017

For a full list of dates and deadlines, click here.

Duration: 2 years
Credential: Diploma with Designated Major
Transfers:

  • Athabasca University
  • University of Calgary
  • Other Colleges and Universities

Delivery Format
Blended (classroom + online)
Learning Environment

(OL) indicates courses that are also available through online learning.

General Studies Diploma

Students wishing to qualify for a General Studies 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.

Core Area:

A minimum of 3 credits from each of the following areas from the School of Liberal Arts and School of Agriculture and Life Sciences for a minimum of 30 credits:

Personal Skills:

Course Code Course Name Credits
CMM-2295 Telling Stories II 3.00
COL-1130 Achieving College Success (OL) 3.00
COL-1131 Leadership for FNMI Students 3.00
COM-1152 Transcultural Communication 3.00
COM-1162 Interpersonal Relationships & Communications (OL) 3.00
COM-1170 Helping Relationships (OL) 3.00
CPL-1150 Service Learning 3.00
CPU-1151 Introduction to Computers (OL) 1.50
CPU-2251 Computer Applications (OL) 1.50
LAR-1130 College Reading and Writing (OL) 3.00
MTH-1130 Basic College Mathematics 3.00
PED-1130 Outdoor Education 3.00
PED-1157 Health, Wellness and Personal Fitness (OL) 1.50
PED-1159 Exercise and Healthful Living 3.00
PED-1160 Weight Training and Exercise 1.50
PED-1162 Intro to Leisure Activities & Sports 1.50
PED-1170 Volleyball 1.50
PED-1173 Basketball 1.50
PED-1174 Soccer 1.50
PED-1175 Baseball 1.50
PED-1178 Resistance Training 3.00
PED-1180 Introduction to Coaching 3.00
PED-2272 Leadership in Physical Education 3.00
PED-2276 Weight Training and Exercise II 1.50
PED-2280 Advanced Coaching 3.00
PRS-1155 Speech (OL) 3.00

Social Sciences:

Course Code Course Name Credits
HIS-1170 Western Civilization (OL) 3.00
HIS-2265 Canadian History 3.00
HIS-2270 American History 3.00
PSC-1150 Local Government (OL) 3.00
PSC-1161 Introduction to Politics (OL) 3.00
PSC-1165 Canadian Government 3.00
PSC-2250 Parties and Elections 3.00
PSC-2260 International Relations 3.00
PSC-2280 Political Philosophy 3.00
PSY-1160 Introduction to Psychology (OL) 3.00
PSY-1168 Sport and Exercise Psychology 3.00
PSY-1170 Human Development Across the Lifespan (OL) 3.00
PSY-1171 Child Growth and Development (OL) 3.00
PSY-1177 Psychology of Aging (OL) 3.00
PSY-1179 Adolescent Development (OL) 3.00
PSY-2253 Child Psychopathology (OL) 3.00
PSY-2255 Psychology of Sports 3.00
PSY-2260 Abnormal Psychology (OL) 3.00
PSY-2270 Introduction to Personality Theory 3.00
PSY-2275 Introduction to Forensic Psychology 3.00
PSY-2277 Addictions Treatment 3.00
PSY-2280 Social Psychology 3.00
PSY-2290 Brain and Behaviour 3.00
PSY-2299 Independent Study in Psychology 3.00
SOC-1153 Introduction to Women's Studies 3.00
SOC-1160 Introduction to Sociology (OL) 3.00
SOC-1167 Sociology of Aging (OL) 3.00
SOC-1170 Introduction to Social Work 3.00
SOC-2250 Sociology of Sports 3.00
SOC-2260 Social Problems 3.00
SOC-2270 Sociology of the Family 3.00
SOC-2275 Culture & Social Policy Abroad 3.00
SOC-2276 Sexuality 3.00

Sciences:

Course Code Course Name Credits
BIO-1150 Cellular Basis of Life (OL) 3.00
BIO-1151 Environmental Issues (OL) 3.00
BIO-1152 Physiology of Aging (OL) 3.00
BIO-1155 Human Nutrition 3.00
BIO-1156 Wellness and Health Issues 3.00
BIO-1157 Diversity of Life 3.00
BIO-1160 Anatomy and Physiology I (OL) 3.00
BIO-1161 Anatomy and Physiology II (OL) 3.00
BIO-1162 Microbiology (OL) 3.00
BIO-1169 Structural Human Anatomy 3.00
BIO-1180 Human Physiology 3.00
CHM-1151 Chemistry in Context 3.00
HUM-1165 Introduction to Archaeology 3.00
MTH-1149 Pre-Calculus (OL) 3.00
MTH-1156 Techniques of Calculus 3.00
MTH-1160 Calculus I 3.00
MTH-1165 Calculus II 3.00
STS-2270 Social Science Research Methods 3.00

Humanities

Course Code Course Name Credits
ART-1150 Art Explorations 3.00
ART-1160 Painting I 3.00
ART-1170 Sculpture I 3.00
BLK-1151 Blackfoot Language I 3.00
BLK-2251 Blackfoot Language II 3.00
DES-1153 Basic Design 3.00
HUM-1150 Logic 3.00
HUM-1155 Ethics (OL) 3.00
HUM-1158 Creative Problem-Solving 3.00
HUM-1180 Introduction to World Religions (OL) 3.00
HUM-1190 Popular Culture (OL) 3.00
HUM-1195 Cultural Anthropology 3.00
HUM-2261 Archaeology of Prehistoric Europe 3.00
HUM-2265 Archaeology of Ancient Civilizations 3.00
HUM-2281 Christianity 3.00
HUM-2285 Buddhism 3.00
HUM-2291 Film Studies 3.00
HUM-2295 Anthropology of Gender 3.00
MUS-1150 Music Appreciation 3.00
NAT-1150 Exploring FNMI Perspectives (OL) 3.00
NAT-1155 Introduction to Native American Studies 3.00
SPN-1150 Introductory Spanish 3.00
SPN-1151 Introductory Spanish II 3.00

English:

Course Code Course Name Credits
ENG-1150 Composition (OL) 3.00
ENG-1156 Business Writing (OL) 3.00
ENG-1165 Introduction to Creative Writing 3.00
ENG-1168 Business Communication 3.00
ENG-1180 Survey of Canadian Literature 3.00
ENG-1185 Writing for Children and Young Adults 3.00
ENG-1190 Introduction to Language and Literature 3.00
ENG-2260 Introduction to Dramatic Literature 3.00
ENG-2265 Native American Literature 3.00
ENG-2285 Children's Literature (OL) 3.00
ENG-2290 Writing for the Screen 3.00

Electives

Any other post-secondary courses to bring the total to 60 credits.

General Studies Diploma - Canadian Studies Major

Canadian Studies Curriculum (60 Credits)

The last intake for this major will be September 2017.

Year 1 Term I

Course Code Course Name Credits
ENG-1150 Composition (OL) 3
PSC-1161 Introduction to Politics (OL) 3
PSY-1160 Introduction to Psychology (OL) 3
PSC-1165 Canadian Government 3
PRS-1155 Speech (OL) 3

Year 1 Term II

Course Code Course Name Credits
BIO-1151 Environmental Issues (OL) 3
HIS-1170 Western Civilization (OL) 3
SOC-1160 Introduction to Sociology (OL) 3
HIS-2265 Canadian History 3
ENG-1180 Survey of Canadian Literature 3

Year 2 Term I

Course Code Course Name Credits
STS-2270 Social Science Research Methods 3
HIS-2270 American History 3
PSC-2280 Political Philosophy 3
  Approved Elective 3
  Approved Elective 3

Year 2 Term II

Course Code Course Name Credits
PSC-2250 Parties and Elections 3
PSC-2260 International Relations 3
HUM-1190 Popular Culture (OL) 3
  Approved Elective 3
  Approved Elective 3
General Studies Diploma - Cultural Studies Major

Cultural Studies Curriculum (60 credits)

The last intake for this major will be September 2017.

Year 1 Term I

Course Code Course Name Credits
ENG-1150 Composition (OL) 3
PSC-1161 Introduction to Politics (OL) 3
PSY-1160 Introduction to Psychology (OL) 3
HUM-1195 Cultural Anthropology 3
HUM-1180 Introduction to World Religions (OL) 3

Year 1 Term II

Course Code Course Name Credits
BIO-1151 Environmental Issues (OL) 3
HIS-1170 Western Civilization (OL) 3
SOC-1160 Introduction to Sociology (OL) 3
HUM-1190 Popular Culture (OL) 3
ENG-1180
or
ENG-2260
or
ENG-2285
or
ENG-2290
Survey of Canadian Literature
 
Introduction to Dramatic Literature
 
Children's Literature (OL)
 
Writing for the Screen
3

Year 2 Term I

Course Code Course Name Credits
ENG-1190 Introduction to Language and Literature 3
SOC-2250
or
SOC-2260
or
SOC-2270
or
SOC-2276
Sociology of Sports
 
Social Problems
 
Sociology of the Family
 
Sexuality
3
STS-2270 Social Science Research Methods 3
  Approved Elective 3
  Approved Elective 3

Year 2 Term II

Course Code Course Name Credits
HUM-2281
or
HUM-2285
Christianity
 
Buddhism
3
HUM-2291 Film Studies 3
HUM-2295 Anthropology of Gender 3
  Approved Elective 3
  Approved Elective 3
General Studies Diploma - English Major

English Curriculum (60 Credits)

Year 1 Term I

Course Code Course Name Credits
ENG-1150 Composition (OL) 3.00
PSC-1161 Introduction to Politics (OL) 3.00
PSY-1160 Introduction to Psychology (OL) 3.00
ENG-1190 Introduction to Language and Literature 3.00
HUM-1150 Logic 3.00

Year 1 Term II

Course Code Course Name Credits
BIO-1151 Environmental Issues (OL) 3.00
HIS-1170 Western Civilization (OL) 3.00
SOC-1160 Introduction to Sociology (OL) 3.00
ENG-1165 Introduction to Creative Writing 3.00
ENG-1180 Survey of Canadian Literature 3.00

Year 2 Term I

Course Code Course Name Credits
COM-1162 Interpersonal Relationships & Communications (OL) 3.00
ENG-2290 Writing for the Screen 3.00
HIS-2265
or
HIS-2270
Canadian History
 
American History
 
3.00
 
  Approved Elective 3.00
  Approved Elective 3.00

Year 2 Term II

Course Code Course Name Credits
ENG-2285 Children's Literature (OL) 3.00
ENG-2260 Introduction to Dramatic Literature 3.00
HUM-2291 Film Studies 3.00
  Approved Elective 3.00
  Approved Elective 3.00
General Studies Diploma - Psychology and Sociology Major

Psychology and Sociology Curriculum (60 Credits)

Year 1 Term I

Course Code Course Name Credits
ENG-1150 Composition (OL) 3
PSC-1161 Introduction to Politics (OL) 3
PSY-1160 Introduction to Psychology (OL) 3
SOC-1167 Sociology of Aging (OL) 3
PSY-1170 Human Development Across the Lifespan (OL) 3

Year 1 Term II

Course Code Course Name Credits
BIO-1151 Environmental Issues (OL) 3
HIS-1170 Western Civilization (OL) 3
PSY-2280 Social Psychology 3
SOC-1160 Introduction to Sociology (OL) 3
SOC-2276 Sexuality 3

Year 2 Term I

Course Code Course Name Credits
SOC-2270 Sociology of the Family 3
PSY-2270 Introduction to Personality Theory 3
PSY-2290 Brain and Behaviour 3
  Approved Elective 3
  Approved Elective 3

Year 2 Term II

Course Code Course Name Credits
PSY-2260 Abnormal Psychology (OL) 3
STS-2270 Social Science Research Methods 3
SOC-2260 Social Problems 3
  Approved Elective 3
  Approved Elective 3
General Studies Diploma - Physical Education and Leadership Major

Physical Education and Leadership Curriculum (60 Credits)

Year 1 Term I

Course Code Course Name Credits
BIO-1151 Environmental Issues (OL) 3.00
PSC-1161 Introduction to Politics (OL) 3.00
PSY-1160 Introduction to Psychology (OL) 3.00
PED-1159 Exercise and Healthful Living 3.00
PED-1160 Weight Training and Exercise 1.50
  Physical Activity Elective 1.50

Year 1 Term II

Course Code Course Name Credits
ENG-1150 Composition (OL) 3.00
HIS-1170 Western Civilization (OL) 3.00
SOC-1160 Introduction to Sociology (OL) 3.00
BIO-1156 Wellness and Health Issues 3.00
PED-1180 Introduction to Coaching 3.00

Year 2 Term I

Course Code Course Name Credits
BIO-1155 Human Nutrition 3.00
PED-1155 Applied Anatomy and Kinesiology 3.00
PSY-2255 Psychology of Sports 3.00
  Approved Elective 3.00
  Approved Elective 3.00

Year 2 Term II

Course Code Course Name Credits
PED-2272 Leadership in Physical Education 3.00
PED-2276 Weight Training and Exercise II 1.50
SOC-2250 Sociology of Sports 3.00
  Physical Activity Elective 1.50
  Approved Elective 3.00
  Approved Elective 3.00

Electives - Physical Education and Leadership Major Physical Activity

Students in the Physical Education and Leadership Major must choose two of the following physical activity elective courses in addition to choosing any of the courses on the Liberal Arts Majors Approved Electives List to fulfill their elective requirements.

Course Code Course Name Credits
PED-1162 Intro to Leisure Activities & Sports 1.50
PED-1170 Volleyball 1.50
PED-1173 Basketball 1.50
Approved Electives
Course Code Course Name Credits
ART-1150 Art Explorations 3.00
ART-1170 Sculpture I 3.00
BIO-1150 Cellular Basis of Life (OL) 3.00
BIO-1152 Physiology of Aging (OL) 3.00
BIO-1155 Human Nutrition 3.00
BIO-1156 Wellness and Health Issues 3.00
BIO-1157 Diversity of Life 3.00
BIO-1160 Anatomy and Physiology I 3.00
BIO-1161 Anatomy and Physiology II 3.00
BIO-1162 Microbiology (OL) 3.00
BLK-1151 Blackfoot Language I 3.00
BUS-1166 Business Law 3.00
CHM-1151 Chemistry in Context 3.00
COM-1162 Interpersonal Relationships & Communications (OL) 3.00
COM-1170 Helping Relationships (OL) 3.00
CMM-2295 Telling Stories II 3.00
CPU-1151 Introduction to Computers (OL) 1.50
CPU-2251 Computer Applications (OL) 1.50
DES-1153 Basic Design 3.00
ECN-1180 Microeconomics 3.00
ECN-2253 Macroeconomics 3.00
ENG-1165 Introduction to Creative Writing 3.00
ENG-1180 Survey of Canadian Literature 3.00
ENG-1190 Introduction to Language and Literature 3.00
ENG-2260 Introduction to Dramatic Literature 3.00
ENG-2285 Children's Literature (OL) 3.00
ENG-2290 Writing for the Screen 3.00
HIS-2265 Canadian History 3.00
HIS-2270 American History 3.00
HUM-1150 Logic 3.00
HUM-1155 Ethics (OL) 3.00
HUM-1165 Introduction to Archaeology 3.00
HUM-1180 Introduction to World Religions (OL) 3.00
HUM-1190 Popular Culture (OL) 3.00
HUM-1195 Cultural Anthropology 3.00
HUM-2261 Archaeology of Prehistoric Europe 3.00
HUM-2265 Archaeology of Ancient Civilizations 3.00
HUM-2281 Christianity 3.00
HUM-2285 Buddhism 3.00
HUM-2291 Film Studies 3.00
HUM-2295 Anthropology of Gender 3.00
MUS-1150 Music Appreciation 3.00
NAT-1155 Introduction to Native American Studies 3.00
PED-1159 Exercise and Healthful Living 3.00
PED-1180 Introduction to Coaching 3.00
PRS-1155 Speech (OL) 3.00
PSC-1150 Local Government (OL) 3.00
PSC-1165 Canadian Government 3.00
PSC-2250 Parties and Elections 3.00
PSC-2260 International Relations 3.00
PSC-2280 Political Philosophy 3.00
PSY-1170 Human Development Across the Lifespan (OL) 3.00
PSY-1171 Child Growth and Development (OL) 3.00
PSY-1177 Psychology of Aging (OL) 3.00
PSY-1179 Adolescent Development (OL) 3.00
PSY-2253 Child Psychopathology (OL) 3.00
PSY-2255 Psychology of Sports 3.00
PSY-2260 Abnormal Psychology (OL) 3.00
PSY-2270 Introduction to Personality Theory 3.00
PSY-2275 Introduction to Forensic Psychology 3.00
PSY-2277 Addictions Treatment 3.00
PSY-2280 Social Psychology 3.00
PSY-2290 Brain and Behaviour 3.00
SOC-1153 Introduction to Women's Studies 3.00
SOC-1167 Sociology of Aging (OL) 3.00
SOC-1170 Introduction to Social Work 3.00
SOC-2250 Sociology of Sports 3.00
SOC-2260 Social Problems 3.00
SOC-2270 Sociology of the Family 3.00
SOC-2276 Sexuality 3.00
SPN-1150 Introductory Spanish 3.00
SPN-1151 Introductory Spanish II 3.00
STS-2270 Social Science Research Methods 3.00

Other post-secondary courses open to General Studies students may be considered.

Admissions

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

General admission requirements

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

Prior learning assessment (PLA)

If you have experience working in this field of study, you may be eligible for prior learning assessment.


Applicants who lack the required academic admission requirements can apply to the College and University Preparation program to upgrade their academic skills.

 

Academic Year Tuition Fees Books & Supplies
Year 1 $2,706.00 $946.00 $1,478.00
Year 2 $2,651.00 $988.00 $1,448.00

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  • 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.
  • International students are charged three times the tuition fee of their particular program and the same (other) fees as domestic students.
  • 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.

The starting place of success

Gain foundational skills for a wide variety of careers in courses that transfer to institutions across Canada and around the world.

If you’re not sure what you want to do or where you want your education to go, start here in our General Studies program. Our majors provide foundational skills that you’ll easily be able to take into a wide variety of careers, and many of our courses are transferable to institutions across Canada and around the world.

Graduates of our program have gone on to earn their bachelor and master’s degrees. They’ve studied at places close to home, like the University of Lethbridge and the University of Calgary, and at institutions thousands of kilometres away, like the University of Edinburgh.

With skills tailored to their majors as well as the skills that come with a liberal arts education – such as communication, critical thinking and leadership – our students have gone on to become development officers, dental hygienists, managers, social workers, assistant coaches for university athletic teams and more.

A word from the wise

Jess Fehr

“[The General Studies program] opened the door to realizing what I wanted to do. After finished the program I went to the University of Lethbridge and finished my Bachelor of Arts in psychology, sociology and anthropology. All three of these streams I had exposure to at the college and fell in love.”

 

“Lethbridge College has changed my life by giving opportunities to learn a lot of new things.”

From here to there: alumni updates

Lethbridge College isn’t just a place to go to school – we’re a community that is here to support you from your initial interest in our program through to the moment you cross the stage at Convocation and beyond. Just take a look at where an LC education has taken some of our grads.

Kip Kangogo

Kip won the Calgary Half Marathon in May, finishing seven seconds ahead of the closest competitor with a time of 1:06:27. The event doubled as the Canadian Half Marathon Championships, which means this former Kodiaks standout is also now the Canadian champion in this event.

– From Fall 2017 Wider Horizons

Treena Tallow

Treena, a member of the Kainai Nation, is an advisor of Aboriginal addiction and mental health for the Aboriginal Health Program in Alberta Health Services. She is also an applied suicide intervention skills training assistant trainer.

– From Spring 2017 Wider Horizons

Hope Grier-Stewart

“I graduated the college in April 2016 with 20 transferrable courses to the University of Calgary. I started school at the University of Calgary in September 2016 and I miss the college! I will be graduating again in 2019, hopefully with my Bachelor’s in Social Work! #kodiakforlife!”

– From Spring 2017 Wider Horizons

Faye Geddes

Faye studied history at the University of Lethbridge after graduating from the college and in the summer of 2003, she accepted the position of library manager at the Raymond Public Library and has been there ever since. She says: “It is my dream job. I love that I can promote literacy to my community and help educate people one-on-one. I continue to train and educate myself so that I can be an effective library manager. I have also been a session leader at a number of sessions for the Southern Alberta Library Conference and conducted workshops at various southern Alberta communities other than my own.”

– From Spring 2017 Wider Horizons

Crystal Cross Child and Keeyah Orr

Crystal and Keeyah were featured in a story in a June 2016 issue of the Macleod Gazette highlighting their work as summer program coordinators for Family and Community Support Services. In the article, Keeyah says the summer job program coordinator position ties in to her desire to make a difference in the life of young people. Crystal adds that she sees her job as a great way to provide opportunities for young people and to engage them in the community.

– From Fall 2016 Wider Horizons

Loralee Sand-Edwards

Loralee, a local visual artist, was one of seven southern Albertans to receive the YWCA Lethbridge and District’s Women of Distinction award in 2016 for her outstanding contributions to her community. Loralee was recognized in the “Arts, Culture and Heritage” category at the 2016 ceremony at the Lethbridge Lodge. YWCA Women of Distinction awards are presented annually by YWCA Lethbridge and District to women who have distinguished themselves through their achievement as individuals or as groups, as members of their communities, and as role models for other women. This is the 40th year the awards were handed out.

– From Spring 2016 Wider Horizons

Success stories from Wider Horizons