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The Flexible Core (18 credits) is made up of six clusters/course groups:

1. World Cultures and Global Issues (1 course)

This course will require you to do at least three of the following:

  • Apply concepts and methods of a discipline or field to world cultures or global issues
  • Analyze and describe culture, globalization, or global diversity
  • Analyze the history of a non-U.S. society
  • Analyze a major movement that has shaped a non-U.S. society
  • Analyze the role of identity categories in a non-U.S. society
  • Speak, read, and write in a language other than English

2. U.S. Experience in its Diversity (1 course)

This course will require you to do at least three of the following:

  • Apply concepts and methods of a discipline or field to U.S. experience in its diversity
  • Analyze and explain a major theme in U.S. history from multiple perspectives
  • Evaluate the impact of indigenous populations, slavery, or immigration on the U.S.
  • Explain and evaluate the role of the U.S. in international relations
  • Identify, differentiate between, and analyze the influence of the legislative, judicial, and executive branches of government
  • Analyze and discuss U.S. society in terms of race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, belief, etc.

3. Creative Expression (1 course)

This course will require you to do at least three of the following:

  • Apply concepts and methods of a discipline or field to creative expression
  • Analyze and describe the significance of arts from diverse cultures of the past
  • Articulate how the arts/communications interpret and convey meaning and experience
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the skills involved in the creative process
  • Conduct research and communicate using appropriate technologies

4. Individual and Society (1 course)

This course will require you to do at least three of the following:

  • Apply concepts and methods of a discipline or field to exploring the relationship between individual and society
  • Examine how an individual’s place in society affects their experiences, values, or choices
  • Articulate and assess ethical views and their underlying premises
  • Articular ethical uses of data and other information to respond to problems and questions
  • Identify and analyze local/national/global trends or ideologies and their impact on individual/collective decision-making

5. Scientific World (1 course)

This course will require you to do at least three of the following:

  • Apply concepts and methods of a field or discipline to exploring the scientific world
  • Demonstrate how problems can be analyzed and solved using tools of science, math, technology, or formal analysis
  • Articulate and evaluate the empirical evidence that supports a scientific or formal theory
  • Articulate and evaluate the impact of technologies and scientific discoveries on today’s world
  • Understand the scientific principles that underline science-related matters of policy or public concern

6. Take an additional course in one of the above areas!

This is a great opportunity to further explore an area of interest.

 

All John Jay students who enter as freshmen in Fall 2013 or after need to take a Foreign Language (FL) 101 and 102 course unless exempted from those requirements. FL 101 (e.g. SPA 101, FRE 101, ITA 101, etc.) goes towards the World Cultures requirement, and students who meet the World Cultures requirement with FL 101 must take their Additional Flexible Core course in the World Cultures area . Please see the Foreign Language and New General Education Curriculum chart for an overview of how foreign language fulfills some of the New Gen Ed program requirements.
Additional information can be found in the Foreign Language Requirement portion of this website.