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General Education prior to Fall 2014

The Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies General Education curriculum provides students with the foundation of interdisciplinary knowledge, breadth, methods and the approaches necessary for successful liberal and professional education.

General Education courses approved for credit expose students to ways of knowing and fundamental ideas spanning the Humanities, Modes of Reasoning, Natural Science and Social Science. These courses also provide explicit instruction in critical analytical skills and thought and its communication in writing and speech.

Honours BA, BA, Honours BDEM, BDEM, Honours iBA, Honours BPA, BPA, and Honours BSW degrees

The following are required:

24 credits of General Education chosen from approved courses in Humanities, Modes of Reasoning, Natural Science and Social Science, including a minimum of six credits in each of Humanities, Natural Science and Social Science

Honours BAS, BAS, Honours BHRM, BHRM degree programs

Modes of Reasoning is recommended for Specialized Honours BAS

The following are required:

18 credits of General Education chosen from approved courses in Humanities, Modes of Reasoning, Natural Science and Social Science, including a minimum of six credits in each of three areas: Humanities, Modes of Reasoning, Natural Science and Social Science.

Guidelines for General Education courses:
  • It is strongly recommended that students successfully complete (pass) their first General Education course within the first 24 credits.
  • It is strongly recommended that all General Education courses are to be successfully completed (passed) within the first 48 credits.
  • Approved General Education courses are offered at the 1000 and 2000-level.
  • A maximum of 9 credits in each of the four areas (Humanities, Modes of Reasoning, Natural Science and Social Science) will count towards fulfillment of General Education requirements.
  • A maximum of 36 credits in General Education will count towards the degree. Students who are required to exceed the 36 credit maximum because of program/degree requirements must obtain permission to do so from their program of study.
  • General Education courses may be used to satisfy more than one requirement, but are counted only once toward the total number of credits required for the degree as follows:
    • General Education courses may be used to fulfill the General Education requirement and, if applicable, major or minor program requirements. For the purpose of meeting major or minor program requirements, all 9 credit General Education courses will count as 6 credits towards the major or minor. The remaining 3 credits will count towards the total number of credits for the degree.
    • General Education courses used to fulfill the General Education requirement, or major or minor program requirements, may not also be used to fulfill required credits outside the major.
    • Additional General Education courses not used to fulfill the General Education requirement, or major or minor program requirements, may be used to fulfill required credits outside the major.

Search Approved General Education Courses by Area

Approved General Education courses may be found under the four main areas:

Each General Education area may contain approved courses from a variety of disciplines that will satisfy the specified area (examples: criminology, english, human rights and equity studies, etc).

Please note that not all courses listed are offered in all academic sessions. Please refer to the York Course Web Site for current course offerings.


 
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