ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY AND APPLIED TECHNOLOGY MAJORS

In Canada, a major (also known as a major concentration or concentration) is a term most commonly applied to a program of study leading to a bachelor's degree. Community college programs in Canada generally do not have majors as such. Their 1- to 3-year diploma and certificate programs (which are of varying lengths and comprehensiveness) carry a designation, for instance Diploma in Electronics Engineering Technology, which is much more specific than, say, Bachelor of Engineering Technology or Associate of Science. As well, many programs are offered in partnership, or meet industry standards, such that the completion of an industry practicum and qualifying provincial examination will lead to industry certification.

Often, international students in a community college program--sometimes all the students in the department--will take a common set of core foundational courses in the first year (or term, in the case of shorter programs) which then enables them to pursue a specialized area of study. But generally the field of study at the community college level in Canada is career-focused to the point where students do not take "elective" courses as they do for bachelor's degrees. Hence the designation of the diploma effectively stands in for the "major."