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2016-17 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

General Education Curriculum for Campus-Based Students


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The General Education Curriculum (GEC) for campus-based students is designed to build Foundational Skills in writing, mathematics and science; and provide a solid understanding of four “Integrative Perspectives,” or ways of looking at oneself, society, the broader world – even the universe – and one’s place within it. Courses and experiences attached to each perspective foster the development of knowledge, skills and the ability to reflect on one’s learning. In these ways, the Integrative Perspectives become active tools for personal development and engagement with community and life as a whole. The four perspectives are: Aesthetic, Global, Social & Historical, and Civic.

In addition, the curriculum includes special programming for first-year students (“the First-Year Experience”) designed to help them successfully transition to college academically and socially, build connections within the JSC community, and experience the many opportunities and resources at JSC that support their success through graduation. There are two requirements:

  • The First-Year Seminar: All students entering JSC with fewer than 15 college credits must take a First-Year Seminar (FYS), which they may self-select from the semester’s offerings.
  • The Creative Audience: All entering JSC students must complete two semesters of Creative Audience programming at 0.5 credits each, for a total of 1 credit. Students attend six events each semester from a wide variety of offerings to complete this requirement.

Foundational Skills (14-19 credits)


1. Natural Science with Lab (4 credits)


Course Type: JNS

To meet the requirement for this Foundational Skill, choose one of the following courses:

2. Mathematics (4-6 credits)


To meet the requirements for this Foundational Skill, choose one or two of the following courses:

3. Written Expression (6-9 credits)


To meet the requirements for this Foundational Skill, choose two to three of the following courses:

Integrative Perspectives (21 credits)


1. Aesthetic Perspective (6 credits)


Course Type: JAP

Courses for the Aesthetic Perspective explore one or more of the following attributes: (a) the human experience of artistic and natural forms; (b) the value of aesthetic experience and the role of artistic expression in the development of self and society; (c) analytical and historical aspects of aesthetic attitudes and judgments; (d) creative processes and techniques. To meet the requirements for this perspective, choose two of the following courses:

2. Global Perspective (6 credits)


Course Type: JGP

Courses for the Global Perspective explore one or more of the following attributes of the perspective: (a) the natural forces that shape our world across regions, within contexts, and throughout time; (b) the cultural constructs that shape our world across regions, within contexts and throughout time. To meet the requirements for this perspective, choose two of the following courses:

3. Social & Historical Perspective (6 credits)


Course Type: JSH

Courses for the Social and Historical Perspective explore one or more of the following attributes: (a) human thought and activity across time; (b) human beliefs and value systems; (c) patterns of social interaction and development; (d) institutional behavior and change. To meet the requirements for this perspective, choose two of the following courses:

4. Civic Perspective (3 credits)


Course Type: JCP

Courses for the Civic Perspective explore one or more of the following attributes: (a) thought and action for the common good; (b) citizenship and public decision-making; (c) activities connecting self and society; (d) personal choice and social responsibility. This perspective is met through the union of academic study, intentional engagement with the college or community, and personal reflection. To meet the requirements for this perspective, choose one of the courses listed below.

Note: Due to the limited number of courses approved for the Civic Perspective at this time, students who start in the fall 2015 semester may substitute a course from one of the other perspectives (Aesthetic, Global or Social & Historical) to fulfill this requirement. This means taking an additional course from one of the other perspectives, for a total of 9 credits for that perspective.

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