General Studies

Design your degree

Design your degree

Your dream career is unique. You need additional education to make it happen, but no existing university program is quite right. The UFV Bachelor of General Studies degree allows you to design the degree that will meet your unique needs.

You can use transfer credits, cooperative education experiences, and courses from many different fields within your degree. You can also design an advanced specialization as part of a thematic option. Thematic options are not required, but highly recommended if you are considering graduate school.

You can also combine professional training with more traditional academic courses. For instance, UFV’s Bachelor of General Studies program has a thematic option in Professional Pilot Training—Fixed Wing, which combines a two-year Aviation Diploma with additional academic coursework.

A UFV advisor will work with you to assess your prior education and experience and create a sound learning plan customized to your personal, career, and educational goals.

The UFV Bachelor of General Studies is based around six core competencies — communications, numeracy, scientific literacy, digital competency, intercultural engagement, and professional competency — to ensure you have the key skills required in today’s workplace.

To gain relevant experience and gain a network of contacts, you may also opt to alternate study semesters with paid work placements through the Co-operative Education program.

Career outlook for general studies

You’ve done your research – you know what your employment prospects are like for your area of interest. You also know that following your passion will inspire you to work hard to succeed.

Canadian census data shows a link between post-secondary education and employment. University graduates are more likely to be employed and earn more over their career than those with lower levels of education.

Common fields that many General Studies graduates pursue include: elementary education, government and administrative support, community programming and outreach, aviation (for students with a Thematic Option in Aviation), and business.