School of English and Liberal Studies
“Enriching Lives. Enhancing Careers.”
The English and Liberal Studies curriculum complements your program. It develops professional employability skills like communication, critical thinking, teamwork, and extends your personal and general knowledge.
The general education and liberal studies frameworks guide the breadth requirements for graduation for new incoming students effective Fall 2016. It responds to mandates of the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, Postsecondary Education Quality Assessment Board, as well as the Conference Board of Canada.
Consult the online Student Centre for additional information on academic requirements for your program. Please note that Communicating Across Contexts (COM101) is not a general education course.
General Education (Diploma, Advanced Diploma)
The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities Binding Policy Directive: Framework for Programs of Instruction (Rev. 2009) requires that colleges develop and deliver General Education courses in all diplomas and advanced diplomas.
Students must successfully complete at least 3 general education courses. In order to meet Seneca’s breadth requirements, students must complete 1 general education course from each category – 1 course from Arts & Humanities, 1 course from Sciences & Social Sciences, and 1 course from either category – for a total of 3 general education courses.
Please note that some one-year certificate programs require general education courses; courses may be taken from any category for certificate programs.
Liberal Studies (Degree)
Honours baccalaureate programs must include studies outside of the discipline to satisfy the breadth requirements specified by the Post-Secondary Education Quality Assessment Board.
Students must successfully complete liberal studies courses from at least 2 of the following categories, Humanities, Sciences, and Social Sciences. At least 2 should be upper-level liberal studies. Lower-level liberal studies are introductory courses that expose students to a broad survey of topics within a discipline, while upper-level liberal studies provide deeper analysis within discipline-specific areas. The prerequisite for an upper-level liberal studies is one lower-level liberal studies or English or Critical Thinking course.