General Studies

General Studies

Program Overview

Explore the world of knowledge. Investigate life's biggest questions. Grow in every dimension.


With a whole world of knowledge to discover, it is not always easy to know where to begin. What truly interests you? What could you be great at? Which path should you pursue?

In the Diploma of General Studies, you’ll have the opportunity not only to deepen your Christian faith as you study the Bible, but also to be introduced to a series of key academic disciplines. History, psychology, literature, the arts, geography, business – you’ll enjoy the chance to see the world from different angles and find out where your passions lie.

As a General Studies student, you will learn and grow on every level. You’ll gain core academic skills: how to research, think analytically and creatively, and communicate clearly about a range of subjects. You will also grow spiritually and personally as you join our welcoming, Christ-centered community. Participating in service practicums and missions experiences will develop your practical skills and your confidence.


UFV Track

UFV Track: 2 + 2 Program

The Diploma in General Studies has been designed in collaboration with University of the Fraser Valley, a public university with campuses in Abbotsford, Mission, and Chilliwack.

Our signed 2 + 2 Agreement with UFV means that graduates of Columbia’s two-year Diploma in General Studies qualify for admission into the third year of UFV’s Bachelor of General Studies program. The completion of Years 3 and 4 at UFV leads to a versatile university degree that opens many educational and career doors.

Course transferability to other colleges or universities should be verified with each school.

Diploma in General Studies

To graduate with this Diploma, you will complete two years of study with two main areas of focus. You will dive into your Christian faith, investigating the Scriptures, Christian theology, history, and mission. You will also enroll in a series of classes designed to give you a broad introduction to the humanities and social sciences.

At 68 credits, the Diploma in General Studies can be completed in two years if you are willing to work hard and plan your courses carefully. If you prefer to have a significant part-time job or have other commitments, you are also welcome to finish your diploma at a slower pace.

What can you do with general studies?

BGS Degree

Most Diploma in General Studies graduates will go on to pursue further post-secondary education, typically the Bachelor of General Studies.

Pursue a Career

General Studies grads are well-rounded thinkers and communicators who can pursue careers in areas such as administration, civil services, law enforcement, community services, project management, or marketing.

Become a Teacher

If you take advantage of our UFV 2+2 agreement and plan your third- and fourth-year studies carefully, you will be eligible to apply for UFV’s Teacher Education program after you graduate with your BGS degree.  You can then train as either an elementary/middle school teacher or a secondary teacher in English or Social Studies

Graduate Studies

A Bachelor of General Studies also opens doors for many post-graduate programs. Explore a few university websites and you’ll see the possibilities – everything from a Master of Social Work to medical school to law school to an MA in English Literature.