May 19, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 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.  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.  A FYS102 Common Hour is a co-requisite for FYS100, FYS101, and FYS110.  All incoming freshmen and transfer students with less than 30 credits must complete a First Year Seminar.  AP and Dual Enrollment (College in High School) credit may not be used towards a waiver of the FYS requirement.  Students who indicate Veteran status (currently serving or previously served) on their admissions application must complete the Veterans First Year Seminar.  The FYS 100/101/110 transfer waiver is not applied to Veterans required to take this course.  A minimum grade of 2.0 is required for fulfillment of the FYS requirement. Courses include:

Foundations courses are meant to serve as the initial building block for student learning in the essential areas of Communication, Quantitative thinking, and Citizenship.  A minimum grade of 2.0 must be earned for fulfillment of all Foundations requirements.  Students will take Foundations courses in the following areas:

Disciplinary Perspectives courses: The courses taken within Disciplinary Perspectives introduce students to concepts and methodologies of that particular broad disciplinary realm. 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 and perspectives to their own major-specific work. Only one of the four areas may be satisfied by Major program requirements.  A minimum grade of 1.0 must be earned for fulfillment of all Disciplinary Perspectives requirements (unless the Major program requires a higher grade). Students will take courses in the following areas:


Constellations are groupings of advanced-level courses around broad themes that are 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.  Students will take four three-credit courses in a Constellation from a minimum of three disciplines (prefixes).  Courses taken in Minors may fulfill Constellation requirements.  Programs may have one Constellation course serve as a Constellation and a Major requirement, if the course is a certified Constellation course or HIPI course.  Additionally, if a Major requires a Minor, an additional course may count in the Minor.  A minimum grade of 1.0 in all courses must be earned for fulfillment of the Constellation requirement (unless the Major program requires a higher grade). 

Students may also take up to TWO courses in the grouping of courses called High Impact Practice and Innovation (HIPI) courses, that focus on Study abroad, Project or problem-based learning, Community-based learning, Interdisciplinary undergraduate research, Service learning.  Students do not declare the HIPI grouping, but may take two HIPI-approved courses (up to six credits) to take the place of theme-based Constellation courses.