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2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Generation Next General Education Requirements

Generation Next Elements:

The purpose of the First Year Seminar (FYS) is to prepare new students for the creative, interdisciplinary, and rigorous modes of inquiry that characterize a York College education as is expected in major and non-major (general education) courses.  The FYS is intended to create a sense of intellectual community for students and faculty, to emphasize attainment of key learning outcomes, to introduce students to college-level rigor and expectations, to encourage the academic growth of students, and to purposefully expose students to a variety of co-curricular experiences and resources available at York College. Courses include:
FYS 100 First-Year Seminar  
FYS 101 First-Year Seminar (Graham Innovation Scholars)  
FYS 110 (EDU200) Education in Today’s Society   (This course is designed for all education majors.)

Foundations courses are meant to serve as the initial building block for student learning. This is where you start building the skills that will be the basis of what you learn throughout college and beyond. Students will take Foundations courses in the following areas:

  • First-Year Communication: This course will focus on providing students with the initial basis for acquiring written, oral, and visual communication skills, and will facilitate acquisition of active reading, information literacy, inquiry-based learning, and critical/analytical thinking skills.  Students who do not meet minimum placement standards may be required to complete additional coursework and/or supplementary instruction that ensure that they meet Communication outcomes.
    FCO 105 Rhetorical Communication  
  • Advanced Communication: In order to provide reinforcement of the Communication outcome and its associated skills in a manner that is contextualized for specific disciplines at a more advanced level, major programs are required to include an Advanced Communication requirement. This requirement for students may take the form of 1) a majors-based course that emphasizes the continued development of oral, written, and visual communication skills, 2) a general Communication course (not focused on major) which emphasizes the continued development of oral, written, and visual communication skills, or 3) completion of a series of courses offered as part of the major program that provide intensive attention to Communication skills development. Courses include:
    CM 212 Public Speaking 
    FCO 210 (WRT210) Communication in Professional Cultures 
    FCO 215 Technical and Scientific Communication 
    FCO 225 (WRT225) Interdisciplinary Communication   
  • Quantitative Fluency: These courses will help students to analyze, interpret, and employ quantitative, graphic, or visually-represented data for the purpose of understanding issues, addressing problems, and or answering questions in a variety of academic and everyday settings.  Courses include:
    MAT 111 Critical Thinking and Problem Solving in Mathematics 
    PHL 222 Critical Thinking 
    PHL 231 Logic  
  • American and Global Citizenship:  Theses courses will provide students with an understanding of citizenship responsibilities at the community, national, international and global level; comprehension of connections and interactions between local and global contexts; an ability to connect disciplinary and professional concerns or issues to wider personal, community, national or global issues; and an ability to function positively as an individual and professional in an informed manner in diverse contexts, from the local to the global. Students must choose one course from each area listed below. Courses include:
    American Citizenship:
    ECO 201 Principles of Economics (Micro) 
    HIS 111 American Civilization I  
    HIS 112 American Civilization II  
    LIT 281 American Literature and Identity I 
    LIT 282 American Literature and Identity II  
    PHL 245 American Philosophical Thought  
    PS 101 (PS141) American Government and Citizenship  
  • Global Citizenship:  Students have the option to complete the Global Citizenship requirement by successfully completing six credits of the same foreign language in specific majors. Students must refer to the Programs of Study section of the College catalog to verify which majors permit this option. Not all majors have this option available.

       ECO 200 Principles of Economics (Macro) 
       G 100 (G243) World Regional Geography  
       HIS 102 The West in the World   
       PS 102 Contemporary Global Issues   

Disciplinary Perspectives courses: These courses demonstrate the ways that knowledge is constructed in various academic disciplines. The courses taken within Disciplinary Perspectives introduce students to concepts and methodologies of that particular broad disciplinary realm. These courses use the content to expose the methodologies that disciplines use to arrive at that knowledge. These courses provide students with the genuine basis for integrative learning in the Constellations and in the majors. Provided with such an understanding, students are better prepared to take on more in-depth work in a variety of disciplines, and apply other disciplinary approaches to their own major-specific work. Students will take courses in the following areas:

Constellations are groupings of courses around broad themes that can be addressed using multi- and interdisciplinary perspectives.  Constellations build upon the skills acquired in the Foundations courses and the base of knowledge and methodologies acquired in the Disciplinary Perspectives courses.  Constellations will allow students to apply higher-level thinking and communication skills while increasing the breadth and depth of their education.  The Constellations will be structured to help students integrate ideas from different disciplines, as well as the co-curricular, in an intentional way.  They will allow students see the connections between what they have learned in different general education courses, as well as help them make connections between the general education curriculum and their major. Students will take courses in a Constellation from a minimum of three disciplines.

Big Ideas  

Children and the Family  


Creativity & the Arts 


Environmental Sustainability   


Health and Wellness  

Leadership and Professional Development 

Media and Popular Culture     

Peace and Conflict  

Science and Technology