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General Arts & Science Certificate - General Studies Stream

Available at: Brockville | Cornwall | Kingston


The General Arts & Science (Certificate) program offers a foundational year for students preparing for the workforce or for future study. Students in the General Studies stream meet with the program coordinator to customize their program according to their needs and interests. Core courses include communication, computers, applied or social science, personal development, and general education. Complementing these are varied electives such as Film, Addictions, and Fitness. Students can also focus on essential competencies in communications, science and math.


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Program Name

General Arts & Science Certificate - General Studies Stream

Program Code



Ontario College Certificate

Start Dates


Program Duration

2 semesters in 1 year (500 hours)

Location (Campus)


Canadian Fees

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International Fees

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Additional Costs

Scholarships and Bursaries

St. Lawrence College offers an extensive Student Scholarship and Bursary Program.  Scholarships and bursaries for this purpose are sponsored by external organizations and private individuals.  These awards recognize our academic excellence, community involvement, contribution to the quality of College life, outstanding achievement and professional potential.  For more details visit Bursaries and Scholarships.

Program Outline 2019-20

Semester 1
Personal Development
General Education
Elective 2

Semester 2
Social or Applied Science
General Education Electives (3)

Articulation & Credit Transfer Opportunities

SLC graduates have many options to continue their studies with post-secondary institutions across Canada and around the world. Agreements between SLC and other institutions that are specific to this program are listed below. In addition, there are many credit transfer pathway agreements between colleges and universities within the province of Ontario. Please also visit to search for options relevant to your program area of study.

    Admission Requirements

    Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with the majority of Grade 11 and 12 courses at the C, U or M level including the following prerequisites:

    • Grade 12 English at the C or U level
    • Grade 11 Math at the C, U or M level

    For OSSD equivalency options, see Admission Requirements.

    Bonus Points

    Full-time General Arts and Science students who achieve a GPA of 3.00 or better for at least one semester will receive an additional 10 percent in their admission assessment when applying to any post-secondary diploma program at St. Lawrence College. This will be particularly beneficial for programs that are highly competitive and therefore ranked.


    Health Requirements


    The General Business program is a great platform for you to explore what elements of business you enjoy and where your strengths lie; time that your first year may simply not allow for. I was not ready nor passionate enough about any of the streams to commit another two years and ~$7000 to one.  


    Since you have the opportunity to choose both Marketing and HR electives, you can tailor your second year to meet your specific interests within those fields and work with students/faculty from all streams, thus increasing your network. What's more, your second year curriculum includes Project Management and Entrepreneurship, two courses that are not found in the other streams but which really help to round out your learning in all areas. 


    General Business may not have a placement, but that does not mean your options are diminished. If a placement is what you truly value in the three-year programs, there are many fast track or certificate programs which you can pursue following graduation from Gen Bus which contain placements. 


    When in doubt, speak with the School of Business faculty as they are always willing to help you. I have often gone to them for career and academic advice; when studying Gen Bus, you have all the more faculty in your corner and two awesome program co-coordinators, Wendy and Adam.

    Nadia Ter Stege

    Program Contact

    Jim Elyot

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    Additional Information

    Programs at St. Lawrence College are delivered using a variety of instruction modes. Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, entirely online, or in a hybrid mode which combines classroom sessions with online learning activities. Program delivery can be run weekdays, weekends or evenings. Upon registration, each full-time student is provided a St. Lawrence College email account which is used to communicate important information about program or course events.

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