General Education

Broaden your perspective

General Education courses are designed to complement the vocational studies of students by addressing important issues to our lives as individuals and members of society. The General Education Department strives to enhance the development of skills necessary for living and working in an increasingly complex, interdependent world.

Georgian’s General Education electives fit into one of these five themes:

  • arts in society
  • civic life
  • social and cultural understanding
  • personal understanding
  • science and technology

General Education course offerings vary from term-to-term. Your program may recommend that you take specific GNEDs because they are closely related to the vocational objectives of the program, they are part of an articulation agreement or deemed a requirement for Board exams/etc. If you are unsure please consult your program information literature or seek advice from your program co-ordinator.

To find out how many General Education courses you need to take, consult your program area. You can also track your detailed/specific requirements using MyPath/Banner.


Course listings are available for the fall 2020 semester and linked below.

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.

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. 1403
705.728.1968, ext. 1621

Orillia Campus

705.325.2740, ext. 3088

Owen Sound Campus

Steve Miller
519.376.0840, ext. 2318