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. 


General Education - Fall 2022

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 Summer 2022 term, please review the information related to out-of-sequence, overload, and part-time students.


Registration begins: Tuesday July 19, 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:

Need help? 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.

Email: gened@fanshawec.ca

Phone: 519-452-4480 or 519-452-4442

Inquiries will receive a reply within 2 business days of their receipt.
If after 2 business days college staff have not reached out, please follow-up regarding your inquiry.