General Education course registration

Employers are looking for students with a broad-based education, with knowledge of topics beyond their vocational program.  General Education courses are therefore required by the Ministry of Colleges and Universities for all post-secondary students.  The purpose of a Gen Ed course is to provide breadth of knowledge outside of the student’s program area, with the ultimate goal of developing a student’s sense of social responsibility and citizenship.

According to ministry guidelines, Gen Ed courses fall into one of the following ‘themes’ or subject areas:  Arts in Society, Civic Life, Social and Cultural Understanding, Personal Understanding, and Science and Technology.  We offer a very wide variety of Gen Ed courses at Fanshawe, in subjects such as Anthropology, Film, Psychology, Sociology, Literature, History, Cultural Studies, Indigenous Studies, and much more. We are continuously developing new courses to offer each semester to keep our curriculum relevant and interesting to students. 


Summer 2022 course registration

Full-time students scheduled to take a General Education elective in the Summer 2022 term should review the How to Register documentation prior to the registration date.

For Part-time students, and students who are not scheduled to take a General Education elective in the Summer 2022 term, please review the information related to out-of-sequence, overload, and part-time students.


Registration begins: Wednesday April 6, 2022 at 12:01 a.m.

Add course deadlines: 10th day of the term for full-term courses; 5th day of classes for compressed courses.

Drop course deadline: 10th day of classes


General Education elective course options

Please click the link below which best describes your student type:


Due to ongoing COVID-19 developments, course offerings and delivery methods are subject to change.


Questions about General Education?

For students looking for help with General Education course registration, or that have questions specific to their individual situations, please connect with us by email or schedule an advising appointment.


Phone: 519-452-4480 or 519-452-4442