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.