General Education Core Curriculum (for campus-based students)

The General Education Core Curriculum (GECC) is designed to introduce students to a broad range of the liberal arts and sciences and to prepare them to become informed citizens of a democratic society. The GECC has the following components:

First-Year Seminar – 3 credits

All students entering JSC with fewer than 15 credits must take a First-Year Seminar course (FYS). Several FYS courses are offered in both the fall and spring semesters.

The Creative Audience – 1 credit

All students entering JSC must successfully complete two semesters of The Creative Audience (.5 credits each semester). The Creative Audience is composed of arts, cultural, academic, and athletic events offered throughout the school year. The goals of The Creative Audience are in keeping with the College's mission that students gain self-awareness and confidence, tolerance for and appreciation of cultural and intellectual diversity, and the ability to think through and solve problems creatively.

Part I: Fundamental Skills –15-16 credits

Fundamental Skills requires student to complete two lower-division courses in writing and two in mathematics , a writing-intensive course, and the Writing Proficiency Exam.

A. Expository Writing (9 credits):

1. ENG-1051: College Writing (3 credits), or ENG-1031 and 1032 (6 credits)

2. ENG-1052: Exposition and Analysis (3 credits). ENG-1052 should be taken after successfully completing ENG-1051, or ENG-1031 and 1032.

3. At least one writing-intensive course. (The fall and spring semester course bulletins identify courses that are writing intensive. Search for courses with "WI:" preceding the title of the course.)

4. Writing Proficiency Examination.
All students must pass the Writing Proficiency Exam in order to graduate. Students who fail the Writing Proficiency Exam must take The Self-Sufficient Writer; those who fail the exam once may attempt it a second time before taking this course. For more information on the Writing Proficiency Exam, please also refer to the Graduation Standards section of this catalog.

B. Mathematics (6-7 credits):

MAT-1020 Intermediate Algebra

MAT-1080 Quantitative Reasoning

MAT-1221 Finite Mathematics

MAT-1320 Pre-Calculus

MAT-1531 Calculus I*

MAT-2030 Probability and Statistics

MAT-2140 Modeling the Environment

*Will satisfy the full, two-course requirement in itself.

Part II: Disciplinary Exploration – 22-23 credits

Part II: Disciplinary Exploration requires students to complete a minimum of seven lower-division courses emphasizing the primary concepts, methods of inquiry and major achievements of the arts and humanities, the natural sciences and the social sciences.

Students must take one course from each of the following sub-categories, other than the sub-category that includes the student's major.

A. Arts and Humanities

1. Literature/Philosophy

COM-2050 Introduction to Film Study

ENG-1310 Introduction to Literature

ENG-2171 World Literature I

ENG-2172 World Literature II

ENG-2281 Survey of English Literature I

ENG-2282 Survey of English Literature II

ENG-2283 Survey of English Literature III

ENG-2321 Survey of American Literature I

ENG-2322 Survey of American Literature II

ENG-2510 Women and Literature

PHI-1010 Introduction to Philosophy

PHI-1040 Introduction to Ethics

2. History/Foreign Languages

GEO-1010 Introduction to Geography

HIS-1111 World History I

HIS-1112 World History II

HIS-1211 American History I

HIS-1212 American History II

FRE-1111 French I

FRE-1112 French II

FRE-2011 French III

FRE-2012 French IV

SPA-1011 Spanish I

SPA-1012 Spanish II

SPA-2011 Spanish III

SPA-2012 Spanish IV

3. Fine and Performing Arts

ARH-2010 Survey of Western Traditions in Art

ARH-2060 Survey of Non-western Traditions in Art

ART-1011 Drawing I

ART-1140 Design

ART-2110 Introduction to Digital Media

ART-2251 Sculpture I

ART-2301 Photography I

DAN-1010 Fundamentals of Dance

MUS-1015 Meet the Masters

MUS-1030 Music Fundamentals

THA-1041 Introduction to Theater Arts

B. Natural Sciences (minimum of 7 credits; at least one course must include a laboratory)

1. Life Science

BIO-1210 Introduction to Biology

BIO-1211 Introduction to Biology: Ecology & Evolution

BIO-1212 Introduction to Biology: Cells & Genetic Basis of Life

2. Physical Science

CHE-1031 General Chemistry I

ENV-1040 Introduction to Oceanography

ENV-1050 Introduction to Earth Science

PHY-1041 Physics I

PHY-1042 Physics II

C. Anthropology/Sociology/ Psychology

ANT-1010 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

SOC-1010 Introduction to Sociology

PSY-1010 Introduction to Psychology

D. Political Science/Economics

ECO-1020 Introduction to Economics

ECO-2020 Macroeconomics

ECO-2030 Microeconomics

POS-1010 Introduction to Political Science

POS-1020 American Politics and Government

Part III: Interdisciplinary – 6-9 credits*

Part III: Interdisciplinary requires students to complete two upper-division, interdisciplinary courses. These courses use a topical approach and combine the tools of analysis from two or more disciplines. (*Students not required to take a First-Year Seminar course are required to take three interdisciplinary courses.)

ARH-3210 Women in Art

BUS-3250 Organizational Behavior and Management

DAN-3010 The Renaissance Spirit

DAN-3210 The Emperor Ain't Naked: A History of European Fashion and Social Dance from the Mid-14th Century to the Early-20th Century

EDU-3110 Literature for Children

ENG-3270 Myth and Myth Making

HIS-3040 Ancient Civilizations of the New World

HUM-3110 Native American History and Culture

HUM-3115 Native American World View and Spirituality

HUM-3120 The Abenaki and Their Neighbors

HUM-3125 Religions of the World

HUM-3150 People and Cultures of the Middle East and North Africa

HUM-3160 African Culture

HUM-3170 Popular Culture in America

HUM-3310 Culture through Cuisine

INT-3010 Natural Landscapes and Literature

INT-3045 The Bible: History, Literature, Spirituality

INT-3130 Compassion and You: An Introduction to Mahayana Buddhism

INT-3150 Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid

INT-3210 The Holocaust: An Interdisciplinary Approach

INT-4730 Topical Seminar: Peace and War

MUS-3050 The Social History of Rock and Roll

MUS-3040 Jazz in America

MUS-3220 History of Blues

MUS-3330 Worlds of Music

PHI-3150 Philosophy Through Literature

POS-3050 Environmental Ethics and Politics

POS-3070 Terrorism, Religion, and the Nation-State

POS-3220 Genocide: Inhumanity Across the Ages

POS-3270 Revolutions, Transformed Economics, and Social Change

PSY-4080 Psychology and the Civil War

SOC-3040 Social Movement, Culture, and Activism

SOC-3080 Wellness and Alternative Medicine

SOC-4030 Global Health, Diversity, and Policy