General Education


Students in regular day programs leading to a Diploma of College Studies (DEC) in Québec take general education courses common to all programs. In an English CEGEP like St. Lawrence, there are four English courses, two French courses, three Humanities courses, three Physical Education courses and two complementary courses outside a student’s field of study. The names and timing of these 14 general education courses are shown under the individual programs, which are listed below.

Pre-University Programs (Two Years):

Pre-University Programs (Three Years):

Career Programs (Three Years):

In addition to these programs, St. Lawrence offers a semester-long transition to college studies, for students who need more time to prepare before entering a regular DEC program:

St. Lawrence offers many types of physical education and complementary courses, and that variety is not always clear from the course names in the program sections above. To give an idea of that variety, some of our physical education courses and complementary courses are listed below.

Physical Education and Complementary Courses

During your collegiate studies, physical activities offered by the Physical Education department are:

  • Athletic Excellence
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cross-country Running
  • General Fitness
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Personal Fitness
  • Soccer
  • Spinning
  • Stress Management
  • Team Sports
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Winter Camping
  • Winter Outdoors
  • Yoga

For your two complementary courses, St. Lawrence offers a great variety of courses in the fall, winter or both semesters. Depending on your program, some of your choices may include

  • Art and Aesthetics: Drawing
  • Art and Aesthetics: Painting
  • Astronomy
  • Business Law
  • Career Planning
  • Computers Today
  • Creative Writing
  • CSI St. Lawrence (Crime Scene Investigation St. Lawrence)
  • Environmental Economics
  • Fondements de la langue française
  • Geography of World Development
  • German
  • A History of Modern China
  • History of Sexuality, Women and Family in the Western World
  • The Human Body
  • International Relations
  • Introduction to Business
  • Introduction to the Geography of the World
  • Introduction to Macroeconomics
  • Introduction to Politics
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Introduction to Sociology: The Individual and Society
  • Journalism and New Media
  • Marketing
  • Mental Health
  • The Science of Science Fiction
  • Sociology of Media and Popular Culture
  • Spanish

General Education Graduate Profile

Upon completing the general education courses, you should be able to

  • Read and write French, as well as understand and appreciate literary and/or cultural works at your skill level, as identified upon your admission to Champlain – St. Lawrence
  • Demonstrate a college-level proficiency in English in the areas of reading, writing, speaking, and listening
  • Develop your own ideas into logical arguments (both creative and analytical) and thesis; organize them and edit your work
  • Analyze various world views and take a position on moral-ethical issues relevant to the program of study
  • Manage your lifestyle, particularly as it applies to being physically active, in such a way as to promote your health