General Arts and Science - Diploma Option

About the Program

This two-year diploma program is designed for students who wish to acquire a general education in the arts and sciences while having the flexibility to explore further educational options within the college or to pursue a degree at a local university. Students will acquire skills in communication, critical thinking and research, while exploring contemporary issues in today's global society. Students will explore a topic of interest through the construction of a research project, paper, and portfolio that culminates in a presentation to an expert audience. During this program, students will participate in a course that will enable them to discover career opportunities.
In the second semester students will consult with their program coordinator to select from a variety of post-secondary courses in disciplines of their choice. The program is constructed to allow students to explore options that meet future academic goals either through selecting courses in a major discipline or courses eligible for credit transfer at the University of Waterloo (courses are subject to availability). After successful completion of this program, students may wish to apply to programs within Conestoga College or pursue further education at other institutions.

Program Information

Length: Two-year Ontario College Diploma program
Delivery Sequence:
         Doon (Kitchener) - September/2020 - Fall | Winter | Fall | Winter
         Doon (Kitchener) - January/2021 - Winter | Spring/Summer | Fall | Winter
Location: Doon (Kitchener)
Start: September and January
First-Year Capacity: 155 (September), 85 (January)

Admission Requirements

Note re: Admission Requirements

Admission Procedures

Program Requirements

Tuition & Fees

Tuition fee details for the 2019-2020 year are listed below. Fees for the next academic year are unavailable at this time. Books and supplies are additional.

Domestic Fees

Estimated fees based upon the previous academic year (2019 / 2020) for General Arts and Science - Diploma Option - Program # 0090

Doon - Fall 2019 Level 1 & 2 (Program Start: 2019-09-03)
Description Fall 2019 Winter 2020
Full-time Program Tuition $1348.00 $1348.00
Recreation/Athletics Fee $70.50 $70.50
Technology Enhancement Fee $135.00 $135.00
Capital Development Fee $74.83 $74.83
CSI Health Plan Fee $295.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $7.00 $7.00
CSI Legal Protection $28.00 $0.00
CSI Advocacy Fee $12.50 $12.50
CSI Event Fee $40.00 $40.00
CSI Student Clubs $3.50 $3.50
Locker Fee $5.00 $5.00
Alumni Services $5.00 $5.00
Student Spaces $10.00 $10.00
Graduation fee $15.00 $15.00
Academic Support Fee $18.00 $18.00
CSI Academic Support Fee $5.00 $5.00
Health and Wellness Fee $20.00 $20.00
CSI Health and Wellness Fee $10.00 $10.00
Career Services Fee $10.00 $10.00
CSI Career Services Fee $10.00 $10.00
Session Total $2122.33 $1799.33
Year Total   $3921.66
Doon - Winter 2020 Level 1 & 2 (Program Start: 2020-01-13)
Description Winter 2020 Spring 2020
Full-time Program Tuition $1348.00 $1348.00
Recreation/Athletics Fee $70.50 $70.50
Technology Enhancement Fee $135.00 $135.00
Capital Development Fee $74.83 $74.83
CSI Health Plan Fee $197.65 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $7.00 $7.00
CSI Legal Protection $18.76 $0.00
CSI Advocacy Fee $12.50 $12.50
CSI Event Fee $40.00 $40.00
CSI Student Clubs $3.50 $3.50
Locker Fee $5.00 $5.00
Alumni Services $5.00 $5.00
Student Spaces $10.00 $10.00
Graduation fee $15.00 $15.00
Academic Support Fee $18.00 $18.00
CSI Academic Support Fee $5.00 $5.00
Health and Wellness Fee $20.00 $20.00
CSI Health and Wellness Fee $10.00 $10.00
Career Services Fee $10.00 $10.00
CSI Career Services Fee $10.00 $10.00
Session Total $2015.74 $1799.33
Year Total   $3815.07

International Fees

Estimated International fees based upon the previous academic year (2019 / 2020) for
General Arts and Science - Diploma Option - Program # 0090


Doon - Fall 2019 Level 1 & 2 (Program Start: 2019-09-03)
Description Fall 2019 Winter 2020
International Program Tuition $6250.00 $6250.00
Recreation/Athletics Fee $70.50 $70.50
Technology Enhancement Fee $135.00 $135.00
Capital Development Fee $74.83 $74.83
CSI Health Plan Fee $295.00 $0.00
ISR $375.00 $375.00
ONE Card Fee $7.00 $7.00
CSI Legal Protection $28.00 $0.00
CSI International Health Fee $500.00 $0.00
CSI Advocacy Fee $12.50 $12.50
CSI Event Fee $40.00 $40.00
CSI Student Clubs $3.50 $3.50
Locker Fee $5.00 $5.00
Alumni Services $5.00 $5.00
Student Spaces $10.00 $10.00
Graduation fee $15.00 $15.00
Academic Support Fee $18.00 $18.00
CSI Academic Support Fee $5.00 $5.00
Health and Wellness Fee $20.00 $20.00
CSI Health and Wellness Fee $10.00 $10.00
Career Services Fee $10.00 $10.00
CSI Career Services Fee $10.00 $10.00
Session Total $7899.33 $7076.33
Year Total   $14975.66

Doon - Winter 2020 Level 1 & 2 (Program Start: 2020-01-13)
Description Winter 2020 Spring 2020
International Program Tuition $6250.00 $6250.00
Recreation/Athletics Fee $70.50 $70.50
Technology Enhancement Fee $135.00 $135.00
Capital Development Fee $74.83 $74.83
CSI Health Plan Fee $197.65 $0.00
ISR $375.00 $375.00
ONE Card Fee $7.00 $7.00
CSI Legal Protection $18.76 $0.00
CSI International Health Fee $335.00 $0.00
CSI Advocacy Fee $12.50 $12.50
CSI Event Fee $40.00 $40.00
CSI Student Clubs $3.50 $3.50
Locker Fee $5.00 $5.00
Alumni Services $5.00 $5.00
Student Spaces $10.00 $10.00
Graduation fee $15.00 $15.00
Academic Support Fee $18.00 $18.00
CSI Academic Support Fee $5.00 $5.00
Health and Wellness Fee $20.00 $20.00
CSI Health and Wellness Fee $10.00 $10.00
Career Services Fee $10.00 $10.00
CSI Career Services Fee $10.00 $10.00
Session Total $7627.74 $7076.33
Year Total   $14704.07

Financial Assistance

The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is a needs-based program designed to help Ontario students cover the cost of post-secondary education. Funded by the federal and provincial governments, OSAP is intended to promote equality of opportunity for post-secondary studies through direct financial assistance for educational costs and living expenses. These interest-free loans are intended to supplement your financial resources and those of your family. The majority of students apply for loan assistance via the OSAP website. Students can also print the application booklet through the OSAP website.

For more information, please visit Financial Services/Awards.

Graduate Opportunities

Students graduating after the fourth semester often seek admission to specific vocational programs of their choosing at Conestoga or elsewhere. Graduates may choose to continue their education by pursuing degree programs at Conestoga or at University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University and University of Guelph.

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: https://www.jobbank.gc.ca/home

Pathways & Credit Transfer

Conestoga pathways enable students to build on their academic achievements in order to earn a degree or additional credential. Pathways are formed through agreements between Conestoga programs or partner institutions. View the transfer agreement opportunities for this program.

Often applicants have earned credits from another college or university that may allow a student to be granted advanced standing or exemption. Learn more about credit transfer opportunities at Conestoga.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in an official course credit that will be recorded on the student's Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.

Learn more about PLAR.

Program Courses

Course Details (0090)
Course Code Course Title and Description
Level 1
CDEV1840 Career Discovery

Description: This course focuses on career exploration and decision making. Students will evaluate their interests, values, skills and abilities through assessment tools and explore the labour market to identify employment trends aligned to their strengths. Effective communication strategies to aid success in the workplace will be covered. By the end of this course, students will have created a personalized development plan to support their future career goals.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

COMM1085 College Reading & Writing Skills

Description: This course focuses on the reading, writing and critical thinking skills needed for academic and workplace success. Students will analyse, summarize, and discuss a variety of readings and apply the steps of planning, writing, and revising in response to written prompts. This course prepares students for post-secondary writing tasks, research, and documentation.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

COMM1835 Foundations in Presentation Skills

Description: This course will provide students an opportunity to develop and hone their presentation skills through a variety of practical scenarios. Students will begin to produce materials that will contribute to their personal portfolios. Both individual and group work will be utilized in the development of visual and verbal presentations
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

CON0101 Conestoga 101

Description: This self-directed course focuses on introducing new students to the supports, services, and opportunities available at Conestoga College. By the end of this course, students will understand the academic expectations of the Conestoga learning environment, as well as the supports available to ensure their academic success. Students will also be able to identify on-campus services that support their health and wellness, and explore ways to get actively involved in the Conestoga community through co-curricular learning opportunities.
Hours: 1
Credits:
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

LIBS1540 Student Success for Higher Learning

Description: This course enables students to employ strategies and take advantage of resources and opportunities that will support their success in post-secondary environments. Students will identify their unique learning styles and develop strategies for achieving their academic, career and personal goals for reaching personal satisfaction.
It provides a structured and supportive learning environment to help students define and develop the academic habits and skills for a successful transition to a Canadian post-secondary culture. The course will address the diverse issues facing students who are beginning their academic path in post-secondary studies.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

PHIL1000 Critical Thinking

Description: This course examines the essential elements of both critical and design thinking, through problem solving. Students will explore the nature of evidence, sound arguments and valid conclusions, faulty reasoning, convergent and divergent thinking, and the creative process. The concepts of critical and creative thinking are then applied to problem solving frameworks where students will engage in the discussion of ideas and the presentation of information to an audience.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Level 2
MDIA1070 Information, Data and Current Events

Description: In this modern era, we are bombarded with fake news, post and alternative facts, and complex influences impacting the way we locate, consume and understand data and current events. In this course, students will explore the tools needed to be able to successfully sort through a myriad of complex information, data and sources to make sense of the information. As they explore tools, strategies and resources, students will be able to situate themselves in the mix of the information, how it applies to their home communities as well as the ever evolving global environment.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

RSCH1080 Portfolio Project

Description: In this unique course, students will develop a portfolio by designing an independent research project by applying the foundational knowledge obtained in their current courses. Specifically, students will locate a topic of exploration, develop a portfolio that will allow them to demonstrate their understanding of the project, document their own learning processes, and present their findings on their research. Through the development of their portfolio, students will be able to experiment with their approaches while reflecting on their understanding of the experience.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

SOC1140 Canada in the Future

Description: This course engages students' ability to abstractly conceptualize the future of Canada. Students will begin to imagine what the future of Canada will look like in ten, twenty and even fifty years from today by exploring current issues and trends that impact Canada and the world today. In this course, students will present their case based on sociological frameworks ie demographics, economics, technology, art, localization, globalization; to make predictions of Canada in the future
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Electives: Program Option
Student must pass 1 Course(s), selected in the Student Portal from available course options
View Program Option Electives

Please note that all courses may not be offered in all semesters. Go to your student portal for full timetabling details under "My Courses".

COMP1618 Computer Use in the Modern World

Description: Students will use Microsoft Office to create reports, electronic presentations, brochures, flyers, posters and create budgets. In addition, they will be using computer applications in the contexts of online platforms, online collaboration tools and social media. As students use their research skills in online environments, they will learn how to conduct searches in order to decipher accurate from inaccurate information.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

MATH1095 Foundations in Math

Description: Students will learn and apply strategies, skills, concepts, procedures, and representational methods to solve problems in pre-algebra, algebra, and geometry/trigonometry relevant to a broad range of careers.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Electives: Program Discipline Option
Student must pass 1 Course(s), selected in the Student Portal from available course options
Level 3
COMM2210 Research and Writing

Description: This course is an extension of the Portfolio Project course. Students will transform their research project into a research paper by translating their project, associated research and findings into essay format. This course will also allow students to explore research related skills such as interviewing research participants, incorporating qualitative and quantitative findings into their paper, primary source versus secondary source information and other current strategies in research. This courses will culminate into a symposium where students will present their findings to an audience.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours
Electives: Program Option
Student must pass 1 Course(s), selected in the Student Portal from available course options
View Program Option Electives

Please note that all courses may not be offered in all semesters. Go to your student portal for full timetabling details under "My Courses".

LIBS1520 Introduction to The Social Sciences

Description: This course provides students with the opportunity to meet the Civic Life (Theme 2) component of the general education requirements for programs of instruction for Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology. In order to live responsibly and to reach one's potential as an individual, and as a citizen of society, there is a need to understand the patterns of human relationships that underlie the orderly interactions of a society's various structural units. Informed people have knowledge of the meaning of civic life in relation to diverse communities at the local, national and global level. This course will teach the basic principles and vocabulary of the social science disciplines: economics, sociology, and politics. It will introduce students to the intellectual frameworks of these disciplines and will emphasize the development of critical thinking by focusing on inequalities in contemporary Canadian society. Students will be provided with an understanding of the meaning of freedoms, rights, and participation in community and public life, in addition to a working knowledge of the structure and function of various levels of governments in Canada. The course will contribute to the development of citizens who are conscious of the diversity, complexity, and richness of the human experience, who are able to establish meaning through this consciousness, and, who, as a result, are able to contribute thoughtfully, creatively, and positively to the society in which they live and work.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

LIBS2010 Introduction to Natural Science

Description: This course examines several areas in the natural sciences including astronomy, earth sciences and biology at an introductory level. Students will acquire a basic understanding of the universe, its origins and composition, and the inter-relationships between galaxies, stars and planets, including those in our own solar system. They will develop a basic understanding of various geological principles, techniques used in the study of geology and the economic benefits that can be derived from knowledge of geology. Students will explore basic concepts of various sub-disciplines of biology, thereby gaining an understanding of the nature of life and its complex interactions with the biotic and abiotic environments.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

LIBS2030 Introduction to Philosophy

Description: The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the history and basic principles of philosophy. In this course, students will learn methods of inquiry, analysis and criticism into complex problems and begin to formulate their own philosophical approaches. Using these philosophical approaches, students will develops one's ability to think carefully and critically. The objective of this course is to enable students to be reflective about the beliefs that they or their society have developed. Throughout this course students will seek to advance our reading comprehension as well as our communication skills, both oral and written in order to express their philosophical approaches.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Electives: Program Discipline Option
Student must pass 2 Course(s), selected in the Student Portal from available course options
Level 4
Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 84 Hours
Electives: Program Option
Student must pass 1 Course(s), selected in the Student Portal from available course options
View Program Option Electives

Please note that all courses may not be offered in all semesters. Go to your student portal for full timetabling details under "My Courses".

LIBS2060 Approaches to the Natural Sciences

Description: This course is an extension of Introduction to Natural Sciences, where students will develop an understanding of the approaches to the natural sciences and emphasize the particular methods of thinking, approaching and solving problems in a particular discipline. Students will learn how science attempt to resolve contemporary problems in geology, astronomy, and biology. By developing an understanding of the approaches to the natural world, students will be able to apply their critical thinking and understanding to other contemporary issues faced today.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: LIBS2010
CoRequisites:

PHIL2000 Ethics in the Real World

Description: This course focuses on ethical issues faced by individuals in Canadian society. It helps students to clarify their values and establish a framework for ethical decision making. This course will focus on and practice the skill of critical thinking, and learn to express carefully, verbally and in writing, our reasoning for a given position.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: LIBS2030
CoRequisites:

SOC1020 Contemporary Social Issues

Description: This course identifies and examines the social construction, causes and consequences of various social problems in contemporary Canadian society. Using current social science paradigms and theories, students will analyse the problems and explore potential responses from a professional viewpoint. Topics will include: crime, violence, family problems, illness & healthcare, social stratification problems, ageism, race, gender, sexual orientation, and ethnicity.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Electives: Program Discipline Option
Student must pass 2 Course(s), selected in the Student Portal from available course options

Program Outcomes

Program Advisory Committees

The College appoints Program Advisory Committee members for diploma, degree, certificate and apprenticeship programs. Committees are composed of employers, practitioners and recent program graduates. College representatives (students, faculty, and administrators) are resource persons. Each committee advises the Board on the development of new programs, the monitoring of existing programs and community acceptance of programs.

For a list of the current members, please visit our Program Advisory Committees.

Program Handbook

Handbook

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International students should apply online using the Ontario Colleges.ca International applicant portal. Please note that not all programs are open to international students; check the list of open programs on our International Student Programs web page before applying.
For additional program information, call the Information Centre at 519-748-5220 ext 3656.

Disclaimer

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Students actively registered in cohort delivered programs who take longer than the designed program length of time to complete their studies are accountable for completing any new or additional courses that may result due to changes in the program of study. Unless otherwise stated, students registered in non-cohort delivered programs must complete the program of study within seven years of being admitted to the program.

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