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 (MTCU) 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 courses.

All Durham College students enrolled in diploma and advanced diploma programs are required to complete three general education courses. General education courses are not required in certificate, graduate certificate or apprenticeship programs.

Courses are ‘elective’ and are selected 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.

Please note: The selection 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.