General Education and Liberal Studies Electives

Please note that the Electives and Communication offices at all three campuses are currently closed. For assistance, please complete the inquiry form at the bottom of this page.

General Education and Liberal Studies courses are a vital component of all post-secondary certificate, diploma and degree programs. Electives are designed to enable students to enhance their critical thinking and analytic reasoning skills and to broaden their knowledge and experience through the study of arts and humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. By learning and collaborating with peers in a variety of programs, students develop communication, teamwork and problem-solving skills that are essential in their personal and social lives and highly valued in all career fields.


To access your program's General Education or Liberal Studies requirements, please click on the link below.   

General Education and Liberal Studies Program Requirements for 2020-2021

Please note: If you started your certificate, diploma or degree program prior to 2020, please use the links below to check your program's General Education and Liberal Studies elective requirements. If the program requirement you are looking for is not listed here, please contact us directly. 


Certificate and Diploma Programs

Degree Programs



Each program selects specific semesters in which students are scheduled to take General Education and Liberal Studies electives. If there is an elective scheduled in your current semester, the courses will be listed in the block below your mandatory program courses.  

Please check GBC Important Dates for registration dates and deadlines.  


If you have missed, failed or dropped a General Education or Liberal Studies electives from a previous semester, or if you are trying to take an elective to get ahead of your regular program pathway, please

  1. First register for your program block / courses on STU-VIEW 
  2. Then, review the elective course offerings in the next section, section 3: CURRENT ELECTIVE OFFERINGS
  3. Fill in the applicable Elective Request Form below and indicate your availability to take the elective: 

Form for Students in Diploma and Certificate Programs Form for Students in Degree Programs

  1. Our staff will add applicable elective courses to your STU-VIEW registration page and you will receive a confirmation email. 
  2. 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.

** Please note that filling in the application form does not automatically register you in a course. Course enrollment is based on availability. If courses of your interest are not available at the time, you can keep checking until the registration deadline.  

** Taking an extra course may result in changes in your tuition. Please contact the Student Service Centres if you have questions regarding to your financial account.  


Please find more information in section 4: CONTINUING EDUCATION EQUIVALENCIES LIST on this page.


Click here for the Winter 2021 elective course offerings

Current Elective Offerings Course Descriptions

Unofficial course outlines for many courses are available upon request. If you require a full course outline, please contact us with the course code.

Alternative Course Delivery for Winter 2021 semester

General Education and Liberal Studies electives in the Winter 2021 semester will be delivered online, either asynchronously, or with some synchronous sessions.  

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.

SECTION 4: Electives Offered Through Continuing Education

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.  

General Education Electives Offered Through Continuing Education Winter 2021

Students may register for approved ConEd courses directly on ConEd’s website or by sending an inquiry to the Continuing Education Registration department.

If you have questions regarding elective requirements, please refer to section 1: ELECTIVE REQUIREMENTS BY PROGRAM or contact us directly using the web form at the bottom of this page.

If you have questions about accessing courses offered by the Continuing Education department, please visit ConEd’s website or email 


Our staff are online during regular business hours, Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm.  

Please send your inquiry with your student ID using the form below.  You can also phone 416-415-5000 ext. 3272 to leave a message with your student ID number.


English & Communication/Electives Office Inquiry Form

(Note: If you are requesting additional courses, please ensure that you have selected all your program courses FIRST to avoid time conflicts on your timetable. If your timetable is not available on your STU-VIEW account, please let us know your availability during the week.)