General Education Core Curriculum (for campus-based students)
The 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 Course: 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: Beginning Fall 2009, all students entering JSC must successfully complete two semesters of The Creative Audience course. The Creative Audience is a course without a single classroom or meeting time. It is composed of arts, cultural, academic, and athletic events offered throughout the school year. The goals of The Creative Audience course 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 requires students to complete two lower-division courses in writing and two in mathematics, and a writing-intensive course.
- 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.
- 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.)
First-Year Seminar -3 credits
For students entering the College with fewer than 15 credits.
The Creative Audience - 1 credit
Beginning with Fall 2009, all entering JSC students are required to complete two semesters, .5 credits each, of The Creative Audience. The Creative Audience requires attendance at approved campus events and activities.
Part I: Fundamental Skills - 15-16 credits
A. Expository Writing (9 credits):
3. At least one writing-intensive course. (The fall and spring semester course bulletins identify courses that are writing intensive.)
4. Writing Proficiency Examination.
All students seeking a baccalaureate degree must pass the Writing Proficiency Exam in order to graduate. Effective academic year 2002-2003, the exam will be administered as part of ENG- 1052, Exposition and Analysis. Students who do not attempt the exam at that time will receive a grade of Incomplete for the course. The Incomplete will be converted into a grade when students take the exam in a subsequent semester. Neither passing nor failing the exam will affect the letter grade for the course. 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.
B. Mathematics (6-7 credits):
MAT-1020 Intermediate Algebra
MAT-1080 Quantitative Reasoning
MAT-1221 Finite Mathematics
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 credits
One course from each of the following sub-categories, other than the sub-category that includes the student's major.
A. Arts and Humanities
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-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
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
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-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
POS-1010 Introduction to Political Science
POS-1020 American Politics and Government
Part III: Interdisciplinary - 6-9 credits*
Two interdisciplinary courses from the approved list below are required (Students not required to take a First-Year Seminar course must take three interdisciplinary courses.)
ARH-3210 Women in Art
BUS-3250 Organizational Behavior and Management
DAN-3010 The Renaissance Spirit
EDU-3020 Educational Psychology
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
THA-3010 Shakespeare: "On the Stage and on the Page"
- Business, elementary education, hospitality and tourism management, health science, outdoor education, and liberal arts majors must take the disciplinary exploration course in each of the seven sub-categories above.
- For students majoring in liberal arts, no course taken to satisfy GECC requirements can be counted as part of the major.
- For students with a documented learning disability in mathematics, MAT-1070, Mathematics in our Culture, will count as one of the required mathematics courses to fulfill the GECC. For more information, please contact the Learning Specialist in the Academic Support Services Office.