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. 


Winter 2021 course registration

General Education Elective registration for the Winter 2021 term will begin on Tuesday December 8th, 2020 at 12:01 a.m.

The add/drop deadline for the Winter 2021 term is Friday January 22, 2021.

Please 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 Winter 2021 term, please review the information related to out-of-sequence, overload, and part-time students.

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


Please take some time to review the wide variety of General Education offered this term.  We hope you find something you enjoy!

General Education course options

General Education Electives - Diploma Students

General Education Electives - Part-time and Overload

General Education Electives - Degree Students


Questions about General Education?