General Studies

New Westminster
Learning Format
Admission Type
Open Enrolment - General Admission Requirements


Not sure what you want to study? The Diploma in General Studies allows you to explore your interests through courses in the humanities, sciences, performing arts and business, all while accumulating credits that - when chosen carefully - can transfer to university or another program at Douglas. Participate in discussions and presentations, and engage in classroom lectures to develop and enhance your critical thinking, writing, research and presentation skills, competencies that are crucial to success in your career or further education.

Program Requirements

Curriculum Framework

Completion of 60 credits using the following criteria:

  • must include one university-transfer English or Communications course
  • a minimum of two courses from at least three different faculties
  • a maximum of 15 credits in one subject as defined by the four-letter course abbreviation (ex. BIOL, CRIM, ECON, etc.)

Admissions Requirements

General College Admission Requirements


You can get an average cost for your program - tuition and student fees, books, uniforms, lab fees etc - on the Program Cost page. 

Only programs approved for student loan funding are listed on the Program Cost page. For all other programs, refer to the Tuition Fee page.

Career Pathways

This program will prepare you for further education and enhance your current skill set. Develop your academic experience, discover what interests you, and apply your new knowledge to your future career.

Program Guidelines

Program Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this program and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the program, consider the previous version as the applicable version.


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The winning edge

General Studies student studies what she loves, at her own pace.