General Education

Be prepared for life and work

Students enrol in Georgian College programs to fulfil specific vocational goals. We recognize the importance of job-specific education by providing both an academic component and, in most programs, an on-the-job experiential component.

The academic component is divided into vocationally specific courses, Communications and General Education courses. These courses, grouped under the heading Liberal Arts, help students achieve a number of different goals. Specifically, they:

  • complement vocational courses by helping students develop competencies in writing, reading, research and critical thinking
  • create a context for students’ vocational goals by helping them understand their roles in the broader world as knowledgeable and responsible members of society
  • develop skills necessary to continue learning in an increasingly complex, interdependent world

Georgian’s elective General Education courses fall into three major categories:

  • arts and humanities
  • social science
  • science and technology

General Education course offerings vary from term-to-term. Your program may recommend that you take certain courses because they are closely related to the vocational objectives of the program. Consult your program information literature or ask your program co-ordinator for advice.

To find out how many General Education courses you need to take, consult your program area. You can also review the academic policy for General Education.

Prior learning

If you have previous learning experience and want to have that experience assessed for credit, you have at least two options:

  1. you can request an exemption based on a postsecondary course you have taken by matching the learning outcomes with those of a Georgian College course
  2. you can apply for PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition) if you can demonstrate that you have acquired equivalent learning through life and/or work experience

For more information about exemptions and PLAR, visit our Credit Transfer Centre.


Course listings are available for the upcoming semester only – Fall 2017 – and are available here for courses at the Barrie Campus only (see PDFs below). Please contact other campuses directly for their current offerings.

Part-time Studies

Some General Education courses are offered in the evening through Part-time Studies. These courses can be credited toward the General Education requirements for most Georgian College postsecondary certificate and diploma programs.

Registration for all part-time courses for all semesters begins around mid-July.

View the Part-time Studies Guide.

Contact us

Barrie Campus

Georgian College
Room B228, Founders Building
One Georgian Dr.
Barrie, ON L4M 3X9
Fax: 705.722.5145
705.728.1968, ext. 1619
705.728.1968, ext. 1621

Orillia Campus

705.325.2740, ext. 3088

Owen Sound Campus

Steve Miller
519.376.0840, ext. 2318