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Follow a pathway of arts and science courses that most intrigues you - 2021/2022

In our rapidly developing world, employers demand strong written and verbal communication skills from their employees. The General Arts and Science program will teach you the value of developing these essential employability skills while also giving you the preparation you need to continue your studies at the college or university level.

As a student of both the one and two-year programs, you’ll have the opportunity to follow the pathway of study that most intrigues you with some majors even being offered in a flexible, online format. You’ll also have the freedom to build your own program by selecting the courses that interest you the most.

Graduates of the one-year program often continue their studies with exciting, career-path programs. If you choose to complete the two-year program, you’ll have the advantage of enhanced application status at Western University, allowing you to enjoy credit transfer for a Bachelor’s degree.

Starting Fall 2021, the General Arts and Science program is offering mandatory SILEx courses (Signature Innovative Learning Experiences) for students. This is our commitment to introduce all General Arts and Science students to “at least one rich, experiential learning opportunity”.


 

Admission Requirements - 2021/2022

Admission Requirements

OSSD with courses from the College (C), University (U),
University/College (M), or Open (O) stream
OR
Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE)
OR
Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED)
OR
Mature Applicant with appropriate preparation

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:

  • A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 79 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.0 with no score less than 5.5 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years. SDS Program Requirements. 
  • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with an overall score of 60 with no score less than 50 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 53, with test results within the last two years
  • A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 169 with no language skill less than 162, with test results within the last two years
  • An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 70% in all sections of the test, with test results within the last two years
  • Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 8, 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9, or 70% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10

 

Advanced Standing

Students who have taken courses at another post-secondary institution and/or have completed a One-Year General Arts & Science Certificate from another college may be considered for advanced standing.  Contact the General Arts & Science Coordinator at 519-452-4430 ext. 4044 for more information.

Applicant Selection Criteria

Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:
  1. Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
  2. Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full)
  3. Achievement in the Admission Requirements

Courses

General Arts and Science-One Year-2021/2022

GAP1 - WRIT
Take WRIT-1030
(Students who place out of the WRIT Assessment must take 3
additional elective credits at the Post-Secondary level.)

Group 1
WRIT-1030Reason & Writing 13
This course introduces students to essential principles of reading, writing, and reasoning at the postsecondary level. Students will identify, summarize, analyze, and evaluate multiple short readings and write persuasive response essays to develop their vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, and critical thinking.


Group 2

GAP1 - Mandatory
Take the following Mandatory Course:
COMM-3073Communications for General Arts3
This course focuses on written and verbal communication skills. Students learn to prepare a variety of professional documents. In addition, students learn about research methods and documentation formats. The principles of effective writing - organization, grammar, style, clarity, and tone - are reinforced throughout the course. The goal of the course is to prepare students for the communication tasks and considerations they will encounter in the workplace and/or future education in order to meet the needs of employers and/or the communities they will serve.

GAP1 - Mandatory
Take 1 of the following courses:
HUMA-1027Protest Works of Art3
This course examines protest works of art, music, and literature from around the world. Some of the most influential protests and revolutions have produced inspiring, creative works of art. Examples include photographs, songs, human rights charters, speeches, poems, street art, social media posts, banners, and paintings. Protest art criticizes something in society by appealing to the audience's sense of justice and, sometimes, sense of humour. These works of art are not only the by-products of social protest movements; they are also the choice weapons. This is a SILEx course-a signature learning experience. It will include one of the following SILEx elements: applied research, entrepreneurship, global projects, live client interactions or a multi-disciplinary project. In addition, it is important to note that there may an additional fee when enrolling in this course.
HUMA-1028Discovering the Humanities3
Have you ever wondered...uhh...WHY?!? By examining humanity's effort through art, story, music, and religion to create out of a chaotic universe a meaningful existence, as well as the human obsession with those elements that destroy our meaning making (like disease, death, and doubt) this course strives to understand life, the universe, and, well...kinda everything. This is a SILEx course-a signature learning experience. It will include one of the following SILEx elements: applied research, entrepreneurship, global projects, live client interactions or a multi-disciplinary project. In addition, it is important to note that there may an additional fee when enrolling in this course.
INDS-1115The Writer's World3
This course offers students the opportunity to pursue private interests in creative writing using various forms: prose, poetry, script, and others, while also studying the theoretical aspects of creative writing in terms of its cultural and social functions. Students begin by formulating a definition of creative writing, by examining how we analyze creative writing and how publishing functions to support creative writing (within the Canadian industry, North America and world markets), while also examining the role of mass media in creative writing. In the latter half of the course, students will have the opportunity to hear invited guest authors discuss the creative writing process while also offering tips and review of student-generated work. This is a SILEx course-a signature learning experience. It will include one of the following SILEx elements: applied research, entrepreneurship, global projects, live client interactions or a multi-disciplinary project. In addition, it is important to note that there may an additional fee when enrolling in this course.
INDS-1116Black Lives Matter: How We Got Here3
The furnace of race relations in North America has long been forging the reality of racism embodied in the Black Lives Matter Movement today. This course will take a multidisciplinary approach to the black experience, expression, and existence in North America and beyond. Through a close investigation of black history, literature, music, sport, and popular culture, this course will trace the roots of racism and the diverse movements striving to engage, combat, revolt, and reconcile racist thought, violence, and politics in an effort to understand how we have arrived at this moment in the Black Lives Matter Movement and to speculate what lies ahead for the black experience. This is a SILEx course-a signature learning experience. It will include one of the following SILEx elements: applied research, entrepreneurship, global projects, live client interactions or a multi-disciplinary project. In addition, it is important to note that there may an additional fee when enrolling in this course.
INDS-1117Racism in Canada3
Is everyone really equal in Canada? Canada is often described as a mosaic of cultures, ethnicities, and races where differences are thought to strengthen the country. However, is Canada really a mosaic? We will explore these questions against the back drop of increased racism in Canadian society. As we explore these questions, we will consider Canada's history of racism in order to comprehensively understand the contemporary dynamics of racism in society. We will also examine how other forms of oppression, like sexism and classism, intersect with racism so that we can gain a holistic understanding of how oppression is developed and maintained. This is a SILEx course-a signature learning experience. It will include one of the following SILEx elements: applied research, entrepreneurship, global projects, live client interactions or a multi-disciplinary project. In addition, it is important to note that there may an additional fee when enrolling in this course.
INDS-1118The Global Drug Trade3
This course examines addictive substances as a global commodity, tracing their impact on issues of race, empire, and inequality. Beginning with the opium wars of the nineteenth century and concluding with narco violence in present-day Mexico, students will gain an understanding of the various impacts of the drug trade on the modern world. Beyond simple issues of criminality and policing, transnational flows of licit and illicit drugs shape how societies interact with one another and reveal persistent power imbalances. During the course, students will be introduced to an extensive and surprising cast of characters - from imperial administrators to Colombian drug lords; CIA agents to Central American villagers; mafia dons to pharmaceutical sales reps. This is a SILEx course-a signature learning experience. It will include one of the following SILEx elements: applied research, entrepreneurship, global projects, live client interactions or a multi-disciplinary project. In addition, it is important to note that there may an additional fee when enrolling in this course.
INDS-1119Global Citizenship3
This course will help students understand the interconnectivity of global and local issues. An interdisciplinary and thematic approach will introduce students to the roles, responsibilities, and impact that individuals can have within their local, national, and international communities. The course will define 'citizenship' and 'global citizenship', as well as use ethical reasoning as a mechanism for analyzing thematic topics. We will examine topics such as health, race/diversity, nationalism, wealth and poverty, technology, migration, global economics, conflict and the environment. Finally, the course will conclude with a discussion of areas of action for global citizens, including work, study and travel. This is a SILEx course-a signature learning experience. It will include one of the following SILEx elements: applied research, entrepreneurship, global projects, live client interactions or a multi-disciplinary project. In addition, it is important to note that there may an additional fee when enrolling in this course.
INDS-1120Movement & Physical Fitness-Intro3
This course introduces students to the study of human movement and of systems, factors, and principles related to physical fitness. Students will learn about the effects of physical activity on health and performance, the history & evolution of physical activity and sports, skeletal & muscular anatomy, and the factors that influence an individual's participation in physical activity. This course is well suited for students interested in learning more about the basics of kinesiology, recreation, physical exercise, and nutrition. This is a SILEx course-a signature learning experience. It will include one of the following SILEx elements: applied research, entrepreneurship, global projects, live client interactions or a multi-disciplinary project. In addition, it is important to note that there may an additional fee when enrolling in this course.
INDS-1121Humans & the Honey Bee3
What's all this talk about honey bees? This course is designed to explore the fascinating life of the honey bee and the evolution of the human connection to the species. Students will learn about the natural history of honey bees and their interesting behaviours, the animal husbandry practices and how humans have managed honey bees throughout time, and the important role bees and other pollinators play in supporting healthy ecosystems. Students will have the opportunity to taste, sample and make products from the hive including honey and beeswax, and experience demonstrations from the apiary to learn what it takes to get started in beekeeping. This is a SILEx course-a signature learning experience. It will include one of the following SILEx elements: applied research, entrepreneurship, global projects, live client interactions or a multi-disciplinary project. In addition, it is important to note that there may an additional fee when enrolling in this course.
INDS-1122Be Creative-Unlocking Your Creative Self3
Until very recently, most people believed you either were creative or you definitively were not. However, psychological studies since the 1950s have shown that people actually learn to be "creative"; it is a skill that, like any other skill, can be practiced and perfected. This course aims to create the kind of learning environment that sharpens this skill by teaching experiential lessons on being creative in your everyday life. In so doing, the course focuses on cultivating five key traits of creative people: the ability to be playful, curious, innovative, process-oriented, and mindful. Structured with open-ended lessons, assignments, and learning outcomes, this course will be the first of many steps students can take to unlock their creative self. This is a SILEx course-a signature learning experience. It will include one of the following SILEx elements: applied research, entrepreneurship, global projects, live client interactions or a multi-disciplinary project. In addition, it is important to note that there may an additional fee when enrolling in this course.
PSYC-1128Development: Circle of Life3
Do you know what makes you tall, or smart, or even what makes you a good friend or a good parent? This course explores physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development from conception to death. We examine the complexity of the circle of life by debating topics such as: Is it wrong for children to tell lies? Do adolescents speak a different language? Will I have a mid-life crisis? Will I ever be able to accept my death? Finally, we discuss how development defines all aspects of our lives for better or for worse. This is a SILEx course-a signature learning experience. It will include one of the following SILEx elements: applied research, entrepreneurship, global projects, live client interactions or a multi-disciplinary project. In addition, it is important to note that there may an additional fee when enrolling in this course.
RELG-1004World Religions3
This course seeks to explore some of the world's major religious traditions. We will look at the historical, social and cultural legacies of these faith-based traditions with an eye toward understanding how religion has helped to define our world. This introductory course will address many world religions including but not limited to Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism. No religious affiliation is presumed. Moreover, the fundamental assumption for the course is that it is possible to learn about and from a variety of different religious traditions without seeking to make students adherents of a single religious tradition or adherents of the notion that all religious traditions are basically the same. This is a SILEx course-a signature learning experience. It will include one of the following SILEx elements: applied research, entrepreneurship, global projects, live client interactions or a multi-disciplinary project. In addition, it is important to note that there may an additional fee when enrolling in this course.
SOCI-1097Sociology of Fame3
Formerly contained within the sphere of entertainment, the influence of celebrities is increasing in all aspects of social life, on a global scale. The glorification of famous people imbues them with a unique form of social status with significant power to shape trends and agendas. When young people are surveyed, they consistently state that fame and fortune are the most valued life goals of their generation. Next to seeking stardom, their ideal job is to be a personal assistant to a very famous music or movie star. For better or worse, celebrity worship is an increasingly pervasive social phenomenon. In this course, students will examine the impact of fame on collective human behaviour, identities, and consciousness. By focusing on questions such as who gets fame and for what?, this course will attempt to shed light on the popularity and attraction of stars. In doing so, students will explore the kinds of statements this obsession with the stars make about our society. This is a SILEx course-a signature learning experience. It will include one of the following SILEx elements: applied research, entrepreneurship, global projects, live client interactions or a multi-disciplinary project. In addition, it is important to note that there may an additional fee when enrolling in this course.

GAP1 - Electives
Take 21 elective credits at the Post-Secondary level. At
least 12 credits must be General Arts and Science elective
credits.

Group 1


Group 2

Careers - 2021/2022

Career Opportunities

If you are looking to change your future, explore your interests, or establish a strong foundational year of academic studies in advance of college career programs or university study, the General Arts and Science program is for you.

More Information - 2021/2022

A One-Year Program leading to an Ontario College Certificate
A Two-Year Program leading to an Ontario College Diploma
Offered as a Weekday Program and as an Online Program
Program Code: GAP1
Campus Code: LC (LC - London)
September/January/May Admission
15 week terms

Academic Calendars available at www.fanshawec.ca/academicdates

Program Code: GAP1
Campus Code: LCL (LCL - London-Online)
September/January/May Admission
15 week terms

Academic Calendars available at www.fanshawec.ca/academicdates

Contact

School of Language and Liberal Studies: 519-452-4442 or 519-452-4480


Program Description

General Arts and Science is an open-enrollment, preparatory-studies program designed to provide opportunities for students to experience post-secondary studies in a supportive environment. Program participants are afforded the chance to develop a wide range of essential employability skills, benefit from extensive foundational Social Science and Humanities studies, upgrade their academic record, and focus on core and elective courses specific to their areas of interest. Students will also focus on professional writing and elective courses on culture, worldview, history, media and art.

Graduates of the One-Year Certificate program will be prepared to continue vocational studies at the college-level in a number of college programs. Students can also use the One-Year Certificate to apply to select Ontario universities.

Graduates of the Two-Year Diploma program can transfer credits directly to Western University  with an enhanced application status, where an articulation exists for students wishing to pursue undergraduate studies in a variety of disciplines.

For more information, please contact our representatives. Student success is our highest goal, and providing opportunities for students is our greatest passion.

Curriculum Description
One-year Certificate registrants are required to complete 10 courses, or 30 credits of study. Two-year Diploma registrants are required to complete 20 courses, or 60 credits of study.

Mandatory Courses:
Mandatory courses for Certificate and Diploma registrants include Reason and Writing and Communications, which are required credits for all fields of study.

2 Mandatory Courses:
WRIT-1030: Reason and Writing Level 1* (3.0 Credits)
COMM-3073: Communication for General Arts (3.0 Credits)

8 or 18 Elective Courses:
Certificate Student Elective Requirements (24.0 Additional Credits)
Diploma Student Elective Requirements (54.0 Additional Credits)

Notes:
*Exemption subject to successful post-assessment place-out.

Other Information

  • Students admitted to the program should write a diagnostic test which will assess their competence in basic writing.
  • Students admitted to the program and intending to take a math course should write a diagnostic test which will assess their competence in numeracy.
  • Students who successfully complete the requirements for an Ontario College Certificate and wish to continue in the General Arts and Science program to complete the requirements for an Ontario College Diploma must complete an "Application for Program Transfer" form available from the Office of the Registrar, Room E1012.
  • Students admitted to the program should be aware that due to the nature of the program, course availability may vary from term to term.  
  • Students who register in the General Arts and Science program in September 2020 with the intention of applying to a highly competitive program at Fanshawe College in September 2021 should visit www.fanshawec.ca/hcp.  Fanshawe offers specific, career related designated preparatory programs for our highly competitive programs.
  • Students must successfully complete their General Arts and Science Ontario College Certificate with a minimum GPA (grade point average) by April 30, 2021 in order to be eligible for admission consideration in the immediately following academic year. 
  • The minimum GPA required varies depending on the intended career program. Consult the individual career program's 'Admission Requirements' section for details concerning these requirements.

Co-operative Education

Applicants seeking a Co-op Endorsed Diploma should apply to the General Arts and Science (Co-op) program, Program Code GAP6.

Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • Develop, through general knowledge gained in a wide range of subjects, in sight into both self and society.
  • Develop flexibility and clarity of both thought and expression in order to develop communications competence to a level required by business and industry.
  • Understand and utilize critical thinking processes and problem solving techniques.
  • Examine and evaluate various aspects of our changing society to assist in developing a sense of personal and social responsibility as a citizen in society.
  • Employ basic vocational, skills drawn from the areas of the Humanities, Social and Behavioural Sciences of Vocational Studies (Business, Technology).

Program Pathways

For information about Program Pathways visit www.fanshawec.ca/programpathways.

Program Details

More details

Canadian Students

Start Dates
Locations
Availability

Full Time Offerings

2021 September
London - Online
Open
2021 September
Open
2022 January
London
Open
2022 January
London - Online
Open
2022 May
London
Open
2022 May
London - Online
Open

International Students

Start Dates
Locations
Availability
2021 September
Open
2022 January
London
Open
2022 May
London
Open
Program Code
GAP1

Program Coordinator:

Chris Monteith

Academic Advisor:

Bev Antone-Collar

Delivery
Day Time
Preparatory Program
Full-Time
Online
Credential
Ontario College Certificate
Duration
30 weeks