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General Studies and COVID-19 

Yukon University made changes to the way its courses are delivered as a result of COVID-19.

Scheduled courses will be offered face-to-face and online this academic year. Some courses may have weekly scheduled video-conferenced sessions, while others may run entirely face to face or a combination. See the course pages and course outlines for details.

Fall 2021 at YukonU: We are pleased to welcome our students, faculty, staff and public back to our 13 campuses. Some of our classes have resumed in-person. We continue to work with CMOH to keep our campuses safe and update our COVID response accordingly. For the most up-to-date info, see 

Contact the School of Liberal Arts or a Program Advisor for assistance or for more information about COVID-19-related changes to the General Studies programs.

Program description

The General Studies programs integrate general knowledge and intellectual skills with specific occupational or professional skills. They are designed and intended for those who do not plan on pursuing a university degree or those who wish to develop an individualized program from a variety of programming areas at the University.

Students who wish to complete a university degree at a later time are encouraged either to limit their choices in the General Studies programs to courses in the School of Liberal Arts and School of Science or to pursue a Liberal Arts certificate or diploma.

Admission requirements
  • Grade 12 graduation with English 12

If students do not meet either admission requirement, they should explore entry options with a program advisor.

Graduation requirements

To graduate, certificate students must

  • complete ENGL 100 and ENGL 101 (6 credits)
  • complete eight electives (24 credits), including a minimum of two Liberal Arts, Science or university-transferable electives (6 credits)

In addition, certificate students must

Diploma students must

  • complete all certificate requirements (30 credits)
  • complete ten electives (30 credits), including a minimum of four Liberal Arts, Science or university-transferable electives (12 credits)

In addition, diploma students must

  • complete a minimum of six courses (18 credits) beyond the 100 level (i.e., courses numbered 200 and above)
  • complete at least 50% of the work at Yukon University
  • maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 (C average)

IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT LIBERAL ARTS/SCIENCE AND OPEN ELECTIVES: General Studies certificate students may take up to 18 credits, and diploma students up to 36 credits, from outside the School of Liberal Arts and School of Science (but excluding Continuing Education).

However, students must recognize that such coursework may not be transferable to programs at other post-secondary institutions and may result in a credit shortfall upon transfer. Students working towards a degree or college program at another institution or planning to continue in the future should check their course selection with a Program Advisor.

Yukon First Nations Core Competency

Yukon University recognizes that a greater understanding and awareness of Yukon First Nations history, culture and journey towards self-determination will help to build positive relationships among all Yukon citizens. As a result, you will be required to achieve core competency in knowledge of Yukon First Nations.

For details, visit Yukon First Nations Core Competency.


For transfer information on a specific Yukon University course, click on the program’s course list tab, select the course in question by clicking its link, and then click the check the BC Transfer Options link on the course’s information page. For additional information, consult a Program Advisor.

Money matters


Tuition for credit programs is calculated per course credit. See Money Matters for more information.

Some programs and courses have additional fees -  see Ancillary Fees.

Student financial awards

Education is an investment in your future, your family and your community. Yukon University is pleased to support that investment by offering some of the most competitive tuition rates in the country, as well as several student financial awards to help offset your educational and living costs.

Financial assistance

There are government programs, scholarships, bursaries, awards and First Nation funding available to financially support you throughout your academic career.

See money matters for more information, or talk to our financial advising staff in the Student Services Centre. Email or call 867 668 5209 to make an appointment.

Program Guides

A program planning guide lays out the courses and requirements needed to graduate from a particular program. It guides you through course selection options for each term, provides a sample program pathway and acts as a tool to track your progress.


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ENGL 100 - Academic Writing and Critical Thinking Whitehorse (Ayamdigut), Online/Video
ENGL 101 - Introduction to the Study of Literature Online/Video
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ASTR 100 - Introduction to Astronomy
Computer Science
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CPSC 128 - Object Oriented Programming I
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ECON 100 - Introduction to Microeconomics Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ECON 101 - Introduction to Macroeconomics
Environmental Studies
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ENST 200 - Environmental Perspectives Online/Video
ENST 201 - Environmental Ethics
First Nations Studies
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FNST 140 - Preservation of Traditional Knowledge
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KINE 100 - Introduction to Human Physiology
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LANG 140 - Language and Culture Preservation
Northern Studies
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NOST 101 - The Circumpolar World Online/Video
NOST 200 - Research in the North Online/Video
NOST 201 - The Natural History of the North Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
NOST 202 - Social History of the North Online/Video
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PHIL 120 - Introduction to Ethics
Religious Studies
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RELI 100 - World Religions I
RELI 101 - World Religions II
Social Work
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SW 200 - Introduction to Social Work Online/Video
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THEA 200 - Introduction to Acting I