Johnson State College’s General Education Curriculum (GEC), a program of integrative learning, addresses the accelerating pace of change in all areas of society at the local, national and global levels. The goals and outcomes of the GEC are designed to equip our graduates with the skills to flourish in a world marked by constant innovation and global interdependence.
As the mission statement for the College’s GEC states, “In order to help students enrich their lives and become fully engaged citizens of their world, the Johnson State College General Education Program strengthens the foundations of written and oral communication, mathematics and quantitative reasoning, and understanding of the scientific method. It complements the depth of the [student’s chosen] major with a breadth of experiences that cross disciplinary boundaries and emphasize connections between the student and the community.”
Essential Learning Outcomes for Students:
- Broad knowledge of human cultures and the natural and physical world, including social sciences, natural sciences, mathematics, humanities, histories and the arts;
- Intellectual and practical skills, including effective writing, inquiry, quantitative and information literacy, and teamwork and problem solving;
- Integrative learning, including the capacity to adapt knowledge, skills and responsibilities to new settings and questions.
(Adapted from the American Association of Colleges and Universities’ College Learning for the New Global Century, 2007)
There are two General Education programs in place at Johnson State College:
- General Education Curriculum for Campus-Based Students
- General Education Curriculum for External Degree Program (EDP) Students
General Education Curriculum for Campus-Based Students
In addition to a focus on “Foundational Skills” in writing, mathematics and science, the GEC program for campus-based students centers around four “Integrative Perspectives,” or ways of looking at oneself, society, the broader world – even the universe – and one’s place within it. The 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.
In addition, the curriculum includes programming for first-year students designed to help them successfully transition to college both academically and socially, build connections within the JSC community, and experience the many opportunities and resources at JSC that support their success through graduation:
The First-Year Seminar: All students entering JSC with fewer than 15 college credits must take a First-Year Seminar (FYS). Students may self-select a FYS from any of the available offerings.
The Creative Audience: All entering JSC students must complete two semesters, 0.5 credits each, of Creative Audience programming. Students attend six events each semester from a wide variety of offerings to complete this requirement.
Foundational Skills Component
Foundational Skills: 16-19 credits
Integrative Perspectives Component
Integrative Perspectives: 21 credits
General Education Curriculum for EDP Students
Students enrolled in the External Degree Program must earn at least 60 credits in liberal arts. These credits must include the following components of general education:
Key Skills: 6 credits
* Mathematics: (3 credits)
* Rhetorical Expression: ENG-1220 (3 credits), or earn a waiver by passing a challenge exam. This requirement must be met by the end of a student’s second semester or after completion of 15 credits in EDP. ENG-1220 meets the College’s graduation requirement in writing for EDP students, and no other course or experiential credits can substitute for it.
Integrated Knowledge: 25 credits
Individual and Human Relationships (6 credits). English literature or writing, languages, communications, psychology or other courses with a focus on understanding self and others.
Social and Historical Relationships (6 credits). Sociology, history, political science, economics, law and other courses focusing on social institutions, movements and problems past and present. At least three credits must emphasize an historical perspective.
Environmental and World Relationships (7 credits). Sciences (physical, biological, environmental, health). At least four credits must use or study scientific method, including a lab or field study.
Universal and Philosophical Relationships (6 credits). Studies with a focus on transcendent issues, symbolic systems and aesthetic understanding. At least three credits must be in a consciously speculative field such as philosophy, religious studies, mythology, aesthetic or symbolic theory. Other credits can be in areas such as art, music or drama.
Note: For students majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies (B.A.), a maximum of 6 credits in the major can be used to fulfill the General Education Curriculum or the External Degree Program.