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General Education and Liberal Studies Electives
A. Key Information (please read)
What are Elective Courses?
General Education and Liberal Studies courses:
- Are a vital component of post-secondary certificate, diploma and degree programs.
- Broaden your knowledge and experience through the study of arts and humanities, social sciences and natural sciences.
- Enhance your critical thinking and analytic reasoning skills.
- Develop communication, teamwork and problem-solving skills that are essential in your personal and social lives and highly valued in all career fields.
General Education and Liberal Studies courses are grouped into three broad categories:
Course codes for Diploma & Certificate programs
Course codes for Degree programs
Arts and Humanities
GHUM / *ISHU
LHUM / *ILHU
Science and Technology
GSCI / ISSC
LSCI / ILSC
GSSC / ISSS
LSSC / ILSS
*IS = Indigenous Studies. For example, ISHU1035 is an indigenous studies humanities course.
General Education and Liberal Studies courses are NOT your program-related electives. Your program-specific electives/options will have different course codes.
How many electives do I need to take? What are the requirements?
Please log into Degree Works to see how many general education or liberal studies courses you need to take, and in which semesters.
Students are required to take general education or liberal studies courses from at least two of the three categories in order to satisfy the breadth requirement which is part of the GBC policy.
B. What Courses are Offered?
Full-Time Day Courses
ELECTIVE DELIVERY MODES FOR Winter 2023
Asynchronous learning does not occur in the same place or at the same time. Teachers and students do not need to be available at any particular time or day. Resources will be available on Blackboard, usually with instructions to complete weekly modules.
Synchronous online learning occurs at the same time. The teacher and students will meet online, on Blackboard Collaborate, and will interact with each other in real time. Students should plan to be available at the scheduled class times. Although classes are scheduled for three hours, the Collaborate sessions will likely take up only some of that time. Students will also need to do work independently.
Hybrid learning combines asynchronous sessions and synchronous sessions. Teachers will provide more instructions for each course.
Winter 2023 Elective Course Offerings
- General Education—St. James campus
- General Education—Casa Loma campus
- General Education—Waterfront campus
- Liberal Studies
Winter 2023 Elective Offerings Course Descriptions
- General Education Elective Course Descriptions Winter 2023
- Liberal Studies Elective Course Descriptions Winter 2023
Equivalent Evening/Online Continuing Education Courses
The Continuing Education courses listed below are accepted as credit towards the General Education Elective requirements of most diploma and certificate programs.
Other courses in the Continuing Education catalogue (even those listed under Liberal Arts and Sciences) do NOT qualify for a General Education elective credit.
Students may register for approved ConEd courses directly on ConEd’s website or by sending an inquiry to the Continuing Education Registration department.
C. How to Register for an Elective
How to Register for an Elective Course
- As planned for your program: Each program selects and schedules specific semesters for students to take elective courses. See your program’s web page for which semesters electives are scheduled.
- In any semester: You need to finish all your electives before you can graduate. Please look at the table below to sign up.
**Note: Taking a course out of your program pathway/schedule may result in changes in your tuition. Please contact the registration office if you have questions regarding your student account.
General Education and Liberal Study Elective Course Registration When Scheduled for the Term
Courses will be listed in the block below your mandatory program courses on your STU-VIEW Registration Page once registration opens for your program.
General Education and Liberal Study Elective Course Registration Outside of Program Pathway
- First, register for your program courses (on STU-VIEW directly, or with your program coordinator, or with the registration office.)
- Then, review your timetable and know your availability for elective courses.
- Fill in the applicable Elective Request Form below and indicate your availability to take the elective:
FORM FOR STUDENTS IN DIPLOMA & CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS
FORM FOR STUDENTS IN DEGREE PROGRAMS
- Filling in the request form DOES NOT automatically register you in a course. Our staff will add applicable elective courses to your STU-VIEW registration page and you will receive a confirmation email.
- On the registration date assigned in the email, you will be able to select the elective courses on your STU-VIEW page under SPECIAL AUTHORIZED COURSES.
- Course enrolment is based on availability. If courses you are interested in are not available at the time, you can keep checking until the registration deadline.
- These forms are scheduled to close on Thursday, January 5th, 2023. This date may change subject to course availability. Once the forms have closed, please contact LASelectives@georgebrown.ca to request to register in an elective course.
Continuing Education Equivalent Elective Registration – Diploma and Certificate Programs only
Another option for taking General Elective courses is through the Continuing Education department. These courses do not contribute to your course load and do not qualify for OSAP, but they do count as credit towards General Elective requirements in a full-time program. Click here to view General Elective courses that are offered through the Continuing Education department. If a course is open and available, you can register for the course now. Please note that you will have to pay for the course at the time of registering. Please note the Program Exclusions column to ensure that you do not register for a course that will not be accepted as an elective for your program. Also be sure to check Degree Works to make sure you are selecting a course that contributes to the college’s breadth requirement, which requires that you take general education courses from at least 2 of the 3 categories.
How to register:
- ConEd courses do not contribute to your course load. Please contact the registration office to check your status.
- Review elective requirements in section A.
- Select only courses in this document that will meet your program elective requirements.
GENERAL EDUCATION ELECTIVES OFFERED THROUGH CONED Winter 2023
- Register for approved ConEd courses directly on ConEd’s website or by sending an inquiry to the Continuing Education Registration department.
D. How to Apply for Transfer Credit/Course Exemptions
How to Apply for Transfer Credit/Course Exemptions
E. How to Access Courses Online
How to Access Courses Online
If you are registered in an online elective, you will access your course through Blackboard, George Brown College’s learning management tool.
Logging on to Blackboard
To log on to Blackboard for the first time, go to the George Brown College homepage and click the “Current Students” link. On the dropdown menu, select “Websites, Apps & Tech Support.” Next select “Blackboard Login and Help.”
Follow the instructions on the “Blackboard Login Help” page to learn how to log on for the first time and to learn about resetting your password.
Direct Link to Blackboard
If you’ve logged in before and are familiar with Blackboard, you can go to the direct link https://bb-gbc.blackboard.com/ to log in.
Online Student Help Resources
If you’ve never used Blackboard before or taken an online course, please take some time to review the various help links and video tutorials.
Blackboard Student Help
If you have any problems logging on after following the instructions on the links above, please contact Blackboard help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at: email@example.com or 416–415–5000 ext. 2285.
Be sure to include your full name, student number, course name, course code, CRN with a description of your problem.
Week 1: Getting Started!
Online course(s) are available the first week of classes. Once your online course appears, please log in and review the complete contents of any Getting Started or Welcome Start Here folders. Be sure to make note of required assignments, discussions, tests, any other activities and their due dates.
Courses will include an Announcements link on the left menu. Be sure to review the announcements posted there. Announcements may also be sent out in email. That means you need to access your GBC email regularly. If you do not access your GBC email on a regular basis, please consider forwarding your email to one that you do use.
Most courses will be organized with Weekly Learning Modules. Read and review the contents of the Week 1 module and complete any activities required during the first week of class. If you have any questions about your online course, contact your professor using the email/message system inside Blackboard or post a question on one of the discussion forums provided inside your course.
F. Contact Us
Monday to Friday: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
The desk is closed between 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. each day for lunch.
Our staff are online during regular business hours, Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm.
Please use only one of the following methods to contact us and please include your student ID.