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●Why the change in General Education requirements starting in Fall 2013?

 

CUNY wanted to create an improved set of requirements that give you more flexibility and choice while maintaining the high quality of your education. The new requirements are part of what’s called CUNY Pathways, a general model that will exist at all the CUNY colleges. We have put our own distinct stamp on the requirements, however, especially with the College Option courses. Justice has always been a strong focus at John Jay, and now every student who attends the College will take at least one course that provides in-depth exploration of justice-related themes and issues.

●Who must follow the Pathways New Gen Ed requirements?

 

Any student who enters John Jay as a freshman or transfer in Fall 2013 or after will follow the CUNY Pathways New Gen Ed requirements. Any student who began at John Jay before Fall 2013 but has been away from the College for more than one full semester (Fall/Spring) will follow the New Gen Ed requirements.

●Who can help me understand the New Gen Ed requirements?

 

The Academic Advisement Center (L73 NB) can help you understand the CUNY Pathways New Gen Ed requirements, discuss how some of the courses you’ve already taken can meet those requirements, and determine which ones you still need to complete.

●What are the Gen Ed requirements?

 

The New Gen Ed requirements will make up 42 of your 120 total credits, and are broken into three parts: the Required Core (4 courses/12 credits), the Flexible Core (6 courses/18 credits), and the College Option Requirement (6-12 credits, depending on whether you came to John Jay as a freshman or entered as a transfer student). The remaining 78 credits will consist of your major requirements and elective classes.

●Where can I find the courses that meet the Gen Ed requirements?

 

Click here to see courses that meet the new requirements!

●Could my College Now and/or AP credits count towards any of the Gen Ed requirements?

 

Yes! See an Academic Advisor for further details, but some or all of your College Now or AP (score of 4 or 5) credits may be posted by credit evaluators in the Testing Office (L.71 New Building) as courses that meet New General Education requirements

●It says in the Flexible Core I can’t take more than two courses in a discipline or interdisciplinary field. What does that mean?

 

A discipline is an area of study such as History or Psychology or English. An interdisciplinary field is something like Gender Studies, which combines the perspectives of several disciplines/fields. The reason for this Flexible Core rule is that the College wants you to have a broad understanding and not limit yourself to a narrow range of departments/areas of study.

●Can a drawing class or acting class meet the Creative Expression requirement?

 

Actually a drawing or acting course might meet the Communications part of the New General Education program. If you have any questions, please see an Academic Advisor

●Is it possible to be exempt from any of the Gen Ed requirements?

 

You can meet the Foreign Language expectation by taking a language placement test in the Foreign Language Lab (L.7.64 New Building) and placing above the 100 level in that language.

●Can I overlap any courses between the Gend Ed requirements and my major? If so, how many and which ones?

 

In some instances, a course offered as an option for the New Gen Ed will also fulfill a major requirement (i.e. PHI 231).

●Will I be able to pursue a minor or double major at John Jay while fulfilling the Gen Ed requirements?

 

Yes! John Jay now offers double majors and a selection of wonderful minors! See an Academic Advisor to discuss whether you can work a double major or a minor into your academic plan.

●Will students still be expected to take the CUNY Reading, Writing, and Math tests for Admission to John Jay and for placement purposes?

 

Unless you are exempt from the CUNY Reading and Writing tests due to Regents/SAT scores or because you have transfer credit for ENG 101, you will need to take those tests. Also, even if you are exempt from remedial math coursework based on Regents/SAT or transfer credit for a college-level math course, you need to take the CUNY Math test (for placement purposes) unless you have credit for MAT 105 or MAT 141 or MAT 241 posted on your record (transfer credit or AP credit).   

●As a transfer student to John Jay, how can I find out which Gen Ed requirements I've met and which ones I still need?

 

John Jay’s Testing Office (L71 New Building) is responsible for evaluating your transfer courses to determine which credits will be posted on your John Jay record and whether they fulfill general education requirements. Some of your credits may also count towards your major or as elective credits towards the 120 total you need for graduation. Once transfer credits are posted on your John Jay record, you can meet with an Academic Advisor to confirm what requirements you have met and which ones you still need. If your completed certain general requirements (Required Core, Flexible Core, College Option) at another CUNY college, then John Jay will consider those general requirements done as well.

●As a transfer student to John Jay, which College Option courses do I need?

 

This depends on a number of factors. Click here to determine what you will need, given your individual transfer situation. Also remember to consult with an Academic Advisor

●I'm thinking about transferring to John Jay from another CUNY school in a few semesters, so if I meet Gen Ed requirements there does that mean I've also met them at John Jay?

 

The New Pathways curriculum is designed to make transfer from one CUNY college to another very simple. If you’ve met certain General Education requirements at your other CUNY college and then transfer to John Jay, we will consider those particular General Education requirements met here as well. For example, if you’ve completed the Flexible Core at another CUNY college, John Jay will honor that and consider you to be done with our Flexible Core requirements. For more transfer student information, please click here.

Students who transfer from non-CUNY colleges may have met some of the General Education requirements, but credit evaluators in the Testing Office (L.71 New Building) will need to determine that as they post transfer credits onto the John Jay student record!

 

●Why the change in General Education requirements starting in Fall 2013?

 

CUNY wanted to create an improved set of requirements that give you more flexibility and choice while maintaining the high quality of your education. The new requirements are part of what’s called CUNY Pathways, a general model that will exist at all the CUNY colleges. We have put our own distinct emphasis on the requirements, however, especially with the College Option courses. Justice has always been a strong focus at John Jay, and now every student who attends the College will take at least one course that provides in-depth exploration of justice-related themes and issues.

●If I started at John Jay before the new Pathways Gen Ed requirements began, can I opt to follow the New Gen Eds instead of the old ones?

 

Yes, if you started at John Jay before Fall 2013 you can “opt in” and follow the New Gen Ed requirements. Here is a chart that will give you a good idea of how the earlier general education requirements can go towards the new ones! Consult with an Academic Advisor to confirm which New Gen Ed requirements you’ve met and which ones you still need.

●If I decide to follow the New Gen Ed requirements, how will the general education courses I've already taken count toward the new requirements?

 

You can check out this chart to get an idea of how the old general education courses can go toward meeting some of the new requirements. It’s important to check with an Academic Advisor, however, to confirm which New Gen Ed requirements you’ve met and which ones you still need.

●Out of my total 120 credits, how many of them would be Gen Ed requirements in the new Pathways curriculum?

 

The new General Education requirements would make up 42 of your 120 total credits, and are broken into three parts: the Required Core (4 courses/12 credits), the Flexible Core (6 courses/18 credits), and the College Option Requirement (6-12 credits, depending on whether you came to John Jay as a freshman or entered as a transfer student). The remaining 78 credits would consist of your major requirements and elective classes.

●If I was exempt from NSC 107 and/or Foreign Language under the old Gen Ed model, does the New Gen Ed model recognize these exemptions somehow?

 

Yes. If you exempted out of NSC 107 via your high school and New York State Regents test background, you have met the Life and Physical Science requirement. If you exempted out of the Foreign Language requirement via your high school and Regents test background, you have met the Foreign Language expectation. You can also go to the Foreign Language Lab (7.64 New Building) and take a language placement test. If you place above the 100 level, you have met the Foreign Language expectation for the New General Education program. Of course, we welcome you to continue studying a language, or even start a new one!

● If I want to opt in for the New Gen Ed requirements, how do I officially do that?

 

Click here to opt in.

● Is there a checklist/form to help me keep track of my New General Ed requirements?

●Are they creating a lot of new courses for the New Gen Ed curriculum or mostly using old courses in new ways?

 

The College is creating a lot of new courses for the new curriculum, though we will continue to offer revised versions of earlier courses as well.

● It says in the Flexible Core I can’t take more than two courses in a discipline or interdisciplinary field. What does that mean?

 

A discipline is an area of study such as History or Psychology or English. An interdisciplinary field is something like Gender Studies, which combines the perspectives of several disciplines/fields. The reason for this Flexible Core rule is that the College wants you to have a broad understanding and not limit yourself to a narrow range of departments/areas of study.

● Can a drawing class or acting class meet the New Gen Ed Creative Expression requirement?

 

Actually a drawing or acting course might meet the Communications part of the New General Education program. If you have any questions, please see an Academic Advisor! 

● Can I overlap any courses between the New Gen Ed requirements and my major? If so, how many and which ones?

 In some instances, a course offered as an option for the New Gen Ed will also fulfill a major requirement (i.e. PHI 231).

● How many College Option credits would I need if I follow the New Gen Ed model, and do I have any choice about these courses?

 

You may have already completed some of the College Option requirements! Click here to see how the old general education courses can go toward meeting some of the new requirements. What you WOULD definitely need is a 300-level Justice Core course, and your choices are either Struggles for Justice and Equality in the United States OR Justice in Global Perspective.  

● I want to pursue a minor, so can I still do that in the new curriculum?

 

Yes, in the New Pathways curriculum students can pursue a minor, which is simply a way of focusing and organizing some of your elective credits. A minor is a great idea as long as you first consider how much time your major and general education courses will take. If you transferred into John Jay with a lot of elective credits or if you are pursuing a Forensic Science major, all your courses may need to go towards your major or Gen Ed requirements. See an Academic Advisor to discuss whether you have room to include a minor in your Academic Plan.

● Can I pursue a double major if I follow the New Gen Ed?

 

Yes! Double major at John Jay is now possible. Consult with an Academic Advisor to see what might work best for you according to your Academic plan.

● If I’ve been away from John Jay for a semester and then return to find that the curriculum has changed, do I have to follow the new Pathways General Education requirements, or can I follow the requirements that were in effect when I first started at John Jay?

 

If you began at John Jay before Fall 2013 and return to the College after more than a full semester (Fall or Spring) away, you must follow the New Gen Ed requirements. If you were away for no more than a full semester (Fall or Spring), you can choose between the general education requirements that were in effect when you began at John Jay OR the New Gen Ed model. As always, it is wise to consult with an Academic Advisor!