General Education

Philosophy of General Education

In a world of increasing specialization, students have a need for a broad foundation of learning. York University is dedicated to preparing students for a life of service to God, family, and society. This foundation is provided through the arts, biblical studies, humanities, and sciences for all academic programs of York University.  

The General Education Program (GEP) gives the student a broad understanding that facilitates learning in all areas of life. Our core values - transform, educate, equip, and serve - are the philosophical framework for the GEP learning outcomes. The aggregate of courses within the York University GEP address five overarching emphases of liberal arts education: 1) critical thinking; 2) ethical inquiry; 3) effective communication; 4) social responsibility; 5) spiritual formation. The York University General Education Program allows graduates to be equipped for a successful career in their chosen field, as well as service to God, family, and society.



GEP Concentration

Concentration Definition

GEP Learning Outcomes

1. Critical Thinking

Synthesize conclusions through the use of examination, evaluation, and systematic reasoning.

a) Define a problem or critical issue and account for information presented

b) Understand and interpret relationships among concepts

c) Draw valid conclusions based on information presented

2. Ethical Inquiry

Apply ethical considerations in a variety of settings, including the ethical use of information.

a) Recognize ethical issues in decision making

b) Distinguish between appropriate and inappropriate information sources

c) Cite sources appropriately

3. Effective Communication

Express ideas clearly.


a) Construct and organize content in a manner appropriate for the intended audience

b) Demonstrate effective written or oral presentation skills

4. Social Responsibility

Establish an awareness of the responsibilities of contributing to a diverse society. 

a) Recognize the contribution of individuals to society

b) Explain the factors that affect society on an interpersonal, civic, or cultural level

c) Discover the contributions of artistic expression to the enrichment of the social and cultural environment

5. Spiritual Formation

Progressing in awareness of spiritual values in relationship to Christian principles.

a) Demonstrate skills necessary for the pursuit of truth within the context of diverse worldviews and spiritual values

b) Recognize concepts for effective Christian living

c) Gain knowledge of the Bible and New Testament Christianity