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Generation Next

You’re More Than Your Major

At York College, you won’t just spend all of your time in your specialized area of study — we encourage students to embrace educational versatility.

Generation Next, our approach to general education, is more than a required class — we want students to align their coursework with their ambition. Gen Next is a chance to explore a breadth of academic areas that complement your major and expand your education through academic experiences of personal interest to you.

The Core of Gen Next

In the four phases of Gen Next, you’ll take personalized and customizable classes that align with your passions while helping to expand on them.

Start your journey with a dynamic introduction in York College’s First Year Seminar (FYS). Dive into the essence of a York College education, connect with your peers, and gain the academic edge you need for a successful college experience.

Course requirements:

  • 3 credits
Learn More About the First Year Seminar

Continue your academic journey with foundational courses in Communication, Advanced Communication, Quantitative Fluency, American Citizenship, and Global Citizenship. Lay the cornerstone for lifelong learning and skills that extend beyond your major — setting the stage for a comprehensive educational experience.

Course requirements:

  • 6-12 credits
    • The second Advanced Communication requirement, the Quantitative Fluency requirement, and the American or Global Citizenship requirement may be satisfied by major program requirements.
    • Programs may choose to require additional Foundation courses at their discretion 
Learn More About Foundations Communication

Explore the intricacies of diverse academic disciplines through Disciplinary Perspectives courses, unraveling the methodologies that shape knowledge in each realm. These courses not only introduce concepts but also provide a foundation for interdisciplinary connections. Gain a broad understanding that empowers you to navigate in-depth projects across various disciplines, fostering a comprehensive approach to your major and beyond.

Course requirements:

  • 9-12 credits
    • Taken in Arts, Humanities, Social and Behavioral Science, and/or Natural and Physical Sciences
    • One of the four Disciplinary Perspective areas may be satisfied by major requirements
    • Programs may choose to require additional Disciplinary Perspective courses at their discretion 

Elevate your academic journey with Constellations — vibrant communities exploring interdisciplinary themes. These courses, embraced in your junior and senior years, weave together skills from Foundations and knowledge from Disciplinary Perspectives, offering a personalized journey through Generation Next. Declare your Constellation by 45 credits with guidance from your academic advisor, fostering deep exploration, connection-making, and integration across your major, minor, and personal interests.

Course requirements:

  • 9-12 credits
    • Students will take 4 three-credit courses drawn from a minimum of three disciplines
    • One of the 4 courses may also serve as a major program requirement
    • Students may use courses for academic minors. Programs with required minors may have courses count for both the minor and the Constellation
    • Students may also take 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 to take the place of theme-based Constellation courses 

Building Skills to Take You Further

The Generation Next program is an experience crafted for you to expand and complement your education. You will gain skills and abilities in this program that push you beyond the niche focus of your core area of study.

Broad Knowledge

Knowledge of human culture and the physical and natural world. Such knowledge is necessary for competent functioning in professional, personal, and civic life.

Critical and Analytical Thinking

The ability to explore questions, issues, ideas, and alternative perspectives, and base conclusions upon evaluation of evidence.

Creative and Interdisciplinary Thinking

The capacity to apply perspectives, knowledge, and methodologies derived from multiple disciplines to engage in original or imaginative/aesthetic work and/or innovative problem-solving.

Quantitative Fluency

The ability 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.


Written, oral, and visual communication abilities are characterized by use of accepted standards and conventions for production of various kinds of writing, oral, and visual work, adapted to multiple audiences and communication modes and environments.

Citizenship and Intercultural Competency

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.

Academic and Professional Standards

Use of appropriate interpersonal communication skills in diverse settings and modes of communication; awareness of individual ethical and organizational responsibilities; the ability to work productively and constructively on a variety of tasks in a timely fashion as an individual or as part of a group; the maintenance of an appropriate professional identity; and technological competency, including the ethical and responsible use of technology to communicate and convey information.