John Jay College Option Requirement (6-12 credits)

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As a central part of the new curriculum, each senior CUNY college offers special courses relevant to its particular mission. John Jay’s College Option is really the heart of our whole General Education curriculum, with courses designed to focus on justice at the individual and national/global levels.

If you enter John Jay as a freshman starting Fall 2013 or after, you will need to fulfill four courses (12 credits) as follows:

Justice Core (2 courses):


1. A 100-level course (Justice and the Individual), generally taken during the
first year, will require you to:
• Describe your own relationship to significant issues of justice
• Identify problems and propose solutions through evidence-based
inquiry
• Assess the effectiveness of your own role in collaborations with
people of diverse backgrounds
• Demonstrate effective planning and reflection to accomplish specific
course outcomes
• Engage with co-curricular activities (i.e. clubs, student activities,
lectures, tutoring, academic advisement, community service) to develop
academic goals and personal growth

2. A 300-level course focusing on ONE of the following:
Struggle for Justice and Equality in the U.S. will require you to:
• Develop an understanding of the social, political, economic,
and cultural contexts of the struggles for justice in the United States
• Analyze how struggles for justice have shaped U.S. society and culture
• Differentiate multiple perspectives on the same subject

OR

Justice in Global Perspective will require you to:
• Develop an understanding of the social, political, economic, and
cultural contexts of the struggles for justice throughout the world
• Analyze how struggles for justice have shaped societies and cultures
throughout the world
• Differentiate multiple perspectives on the same subject


Learning from the Past (1 course)


This course will require you to:
• Demonstrate knowledge of formative events, ideas or works in the arts,
humanities, mathematics, natural sciences or social sciences
• Analyze the significance of major developments in U.S. and
World History.
• Differentiate multiple perspectives on the same subject


Communications (1 course)


This course will require you to:
• Express yourself clearly in one or more forms of communication,
such as written, oral, visual, or aesthetic.
• Maintain self-awareness and critical distance
• Work collaboratively
• Listen, observe, analyze, and adapt messages in a variety of situations,
cultural contexts, and target audiences in a diverse society

 

All John Jay students who enter as freshmen in Fall 2013 or after need to take 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 FL 102 will satisfy the College Option Communications requirement. 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.


Our College Option requires anywhere from 6-12 credits, depending on various factors:

• If you enter John Jay as a freshman starting Fall 2013 or after, you will need to fulfill all four of the College Option courses (12 credits).

• If you enter John Jay as a transfer student starting Fall 2013 or after, how many College Option courses you need varies, depending on what institution you’re transferring from, whether you earned a degree there, how many credits you’re transferring in, and how our Testing Office evaluates and posts these transfer credits on your John Jay record.

Remember it is very important that you check with an Academic Advisor after your credits are posted so you are sure of what requirements you still need, but as a start, click on the Gen Ed Guidelines for Transfer Students chart.