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General Studies

Plan your studies

While the General Studies program provides you with great flexibility, it also requires that you plan your coursework carefully. Here are some resources to help you prepare.

Make an appointment with a General Studies advisor early in your program to help with your program planning.

Changing programs? If you are currently enrolled in another program, and you are considering applying to the General Studies Diploma, make an appointment with an Academic Advisor. The advisor can work with you to review how courses you have already completed can be used in the diploma, and they can help answer questions you may have about applying to the program.

Program planning worksheet

Use the General Studies Diploma Worksheet to plan and track the courses you need for your program.‌

Additional resources

Student success handouts, prepared by UFV Counselling, contain a wealth of information about writing, studying, concept mapping, time management and more.

Core competencies

The UFV General Studies Diploma (GSD) program allows you to fully customize your program to meet your learning and professional objectives. As part of the program, you will demonstrate competency in these areas:

  • Effective communications
  • Use and interpretation of numerical data

And one of the following two areas:

  • Digital 
  • Scientific practice

These competency requirements can be met using courses from many different disciplines. You can meet all through UFV courses alone or by using a combination of UFV and transfer credits.

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Receive credits toward one of four credentials, including the General Studies diploma & the Bachelor of Integrated Studies through a new UFV-McDonald's partnership.

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