The Value of a General Education
The purpose of general education is to develop individuals who have sensitivity for, and an understanding of, the world around them. Students must understand the implications of global interdependence and solve unscripted problems in order to thrive in our knowledge-based economy. A comprehensive general education will help students develop moral values, critical thinking skills and investigative queries that will prepare them well for a rapidly changing world. Generally educated students possess the ability to communicate well, understand the scientific process and scientific inquiry, reason mathematically, appreciate the diverse cultures of the world, respect human history, and perceive the dynamics of human ethics and morality.
JJC has identified and assesses the following general education outcomes:
Students will demonstrate organized and coherent communication, both oral and written.
Students will demonstrate the ability to accurately apply mathematical methods and techniques in various applications such as applied sciences, theoretical mathematics, physics, natural sciences and other applied sciences.
Students will demonstrate an ability to understand the physical world.
Students will demonstrate competence in using academic technology including finding, evaluating and utilizing appropriate information sources.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of cultural issues.
Students will demonstrate an ability to think critically and analytically.
Students develop these skills and habits of mind through many college courses in addition to the ones designated in the following section as general education requirements.
Transfer Degree General Education Requirements
The transfer general education curriculum for the Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, and Associate of Arts in Teaching degrees at JJC encompasses the five categories of the Illinois Articulation Initiative General Education Core Curriculum (IAI GECC). Students who complete a prescribed set of general education courses, referred to as IAI General Education Core Curriculum (GECC), can transfer this “package” of coursework and have it accepted in lieu of a participating institution’s lower-division, general education course requirements. Additional information about IAI GECC is available at http://www.itransfer.org/IAI/gened/.
An asterisk (*) indicates that the course has a prerequisite or required placement score.
Courses designated with an “N” indicate a course that will meet a non-Western course requirement. Courses designated with a “D” indicate a course that will meet a diversity requirement.
Category I: Communication
Communication is the process of exchanging ideas and expressing one’s self in writing and speech. The complexities of today’s careers and modern life demand that individuals have acquired mastery of the basic skills in both of these areas. Completing all three courses listed below satisfies the general education core requirement.
A minimum grade of “C” is required for ENG 101 and ENG 102.
Category II: Social and Behavioral Sciences
The study of social and behavioral sciences offers students an opportunity to gain insights into the complexities of humans. The social and behavioral sciences prepare students to analyze social, political, cultural, historical and economic institutions throughout the world. Students will develop an appreciation for human behavior and their place in their society and the world.
Category III: Humanities/ Fine Arts
The study of the humanities and fine arts focuses students on what it means to be a human and the basic questions that confront all humans in their lives. Issues of beauty, courage, love, truth, justice, and morality are examined as intellectual and cultural expressions through the study of literature, language, philosophy, history and the creative and performing arts. Courses in this category reflect critical thinking through comparative writing and critical oral discussion. This category will expose students to the basic questions and substance of the humanities and fine arts and the methods used to approach these questions. A non-Western literature course is highly recommended for those in the A.A.T. in Special Education degree program.
Category IV: Physical and Life Sciences
The study of science will enable students to develop an understanding of the methods of scientific inquiry, familiarize them with selected scientific principles from both the physical and life sciences, and enable them to make informed decisions about personal and social issues related to science. The study of science will enable students to gain an appreciation for the formation and testing of hypotheses and drawing conclusions from observed data. Category IV requires students to complete seven credit hours with one course from physical sciences and one course from life sciences with at least one being a lab course. For the Associate in Arts and the Associate of Arts in Teaching degree at JJC, students must complete at least one laboratory science within their seven to eight credit hours. Students may not count both BIO 149 and BIO 151 .
Category V: Mathematics
The mathematics component of general education focuses on a basic level of numerical reasoning to provide the base for developing a quantitatively literate college graduate. Courses fulfilling this requirement emphasize the development of mathematical reasoning and problem solving in settings the college graduate will encounter. Students are required to complete one mathematics course from the list below to satisfy the requirements for the Associate in Arts degree at JJC. The Associate in Science degree requires students to complete a minimum of four credits. The Associate of Arts in Teaching Special Education degree requires students to take MATH 124 .