General Education

General Education lets you explore a different subject from your usual studies. It adds flexibility to your degree, and opens up new perspectives.  

How many General Education courses do I need to take?

For the BA

You must include 30 points (two courses) in General Education.  

Find out more about the BA requirements.
 

For BA conjoints

The General Education requirements for conjoint programmes have changed from 2013.

Find out more about the BA conjoint requirements.
 

For other Faculty of Arts programmes

General Education is not a component of the Diploma in Languages or Certificate in Languages.
 

Which General Education courses can I choose from?

All BA students can choose their two General Education courses from the following schedules:

  • The Open Schedule: All students can take these courses, except where same subject restrictions apply.
  • The Arts Schedule: BA and students can take these courses, except where same subject restrictions apply.

You can choose your two General Education courses from either the Open Schedule, the Arts Schedule, or from a combination of both schedules.

BA and conjoint students can choose from the Open Schedule, the Arts Schedule, or the faculty schedule available for their other degree.
 

Same subject restrictions

  • You cannot take a General Education course in a subject which you have already passed, are currently enrolled in, or are intending to enrol in.
  • You cannot take two General Education courses in the same subject (ie, courses which have the same alphanumeric course code).

Find out more about General Education.
 

Learning a language for General Education

There are many Stage I language courses in the Open Schedule. Note the same subject restrictions and the following conditions.

  • Language courses do not satisfy the General Education requirement if you have prior knowledge of the language (whether as a native speaker, through formal or informal study, or through living with others who speak the language).
  • You will need to submit a Language Ability Declaration.

If you have prior knowledge of the language your enrolment may be declined or deleted, as General Education language courses are designed for students who are unfamiliar with the language.
 

How to enrol

You can enrol into General Education courses on Student Services Online.

General Education courses have “G” course codes. Many courses are available as both General Education courses and regular degree courses. If you are taking the course for General Education you must enrol into the “G” course code, eg, SPANISH 104G.
 

For more advice and information

If you want to change your study plans or continue studying a subject you discovered through General Education, it is essential to get degree planning advice from the Arts Students' Centre.

Visit the University’s General Education website.