General Education Curriculum Review

“Undergraduate Education should enhance students’ knowledge of the subjects they study, and instill attitudes conducive to learning, equip them for life-long learning, prepare them to be citizens of a pluralistic, multicultural, democratic society, and enable them to contribute to a diverse, complex, and highly interdependent world in an ethical manner.” – Reviewing and Developing Undergraduate Curricula at SFU, 2002

To ensure that all undergraduate students meet this purpose, SFU has implemented a General Education component to our curriculum. Specifically, SFU requires undergraduates to complete 36 credits of writing, quantitative and breadth (W, Q and B) courses.

In 2020, Simon Fraser University launched the General Education Curriculum Review, a process to explore a forward-looking vision for the general education component of the undergraduate curriculum. The goals include a comprehensive analysis and consideration of the extent to which the WQB model meets SFU’s current and planned curricular and student experience goals, and an evaluation of the support systems available to students, instructors and staff to ensure that students succeed in meeting the general education requirements.

A broad consultation has been planned, inclusive of our diverse community: 

  • October 2020: Written survey of Faculty/Department Undergraduate Curriculum Committees
  • November 2020: Input from individual faculty members
  • January 2021: Consultation with students, staff, alumni and others

Go to the Faculty Consultation page to find out how you can contribute your feedback.

See general education requirements at selected post-secondary institutions.

Learn more about the General Education Curriculum Review

Learn more about the history of the Undergraduate Curriculum Initiative

Learn more about the requirements of the Undergraduate Curriculum Initiative

See the current WQB courses

WQB Course List

W (writing) courses

WQB Course List

Q (quantitative) courses

WQB Course List

B (breadth) courses