Welcome to Gen Ed at NJCU!
CHOOSING CLASSES FOR NEXT SEMESTER?
Check out the General Education course listings pages of the NJCU course catalog by clicking the links below.
The Third-Annual Gen Ed Symposium will take place April 22-23, 2020!
The Symposium celebrates critical and creative work done by students in General Education courses.
Download the 2019 Gen Ed Symposium Program here and consider submitting your work for the next Symposium!
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WHAT IS GEN ED?
The General Education program provides students with invaluable learning experiences across a wide range of academic fields. While major and minor programs focus on specific disciplines, the Gen Ed program ensures that all students, regardless of major, explore a range of scholarly approaches. While its scope is broad, Gen Ed prioritizes in-depth, active learning and emphasizes essential skills building for success in college and beyond.
GEN ED: HOW IT WORKS
Students complete the Gen Ed program by moving through the Tiers in order—first Tier I, then Tier II, and finally Tier III—though some overlap may be necessary in some semesters.
If you have questions about the Gen Ed requirements, please see your academic advisor. For more information, email email@example.com.
THE UNIVERSITY-WIDE STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES
In addition to discipline-specific skills defined for each Gen Ed course, at least two University-wide Student Learning Outcomes are covered and assessed in every Gen Ed course. Students strive to achieve the University-wide Student Learning Outcomes in each Gen Ed course across the three Tiers of Gen Ed. The specific dimensions or performance criteria for each outcome appear on the program rubrics. The rubrics are adapted from AAC&U VALUE rubrics and used by faculty to score students' end-of-semester signature assignments for program assessment.
Download the rubrics here:
THE MODES OF INQUIRY
Creative Process and Production
Courses in this category focus on creative expression and provide students with opportunities to develop their own forms of creative expression and to interpret and appraise those of others. Students are expected to learn to communicate ideas and information through art, design, performance, media, or creative writing; to develop particular artistic or creative skills or examine the historical development and social functions of the creative arts.
Language, Literary, and Cultural Studies
Courses in this category explore ideas, systems of thought, or culture(s) through language, literature, and other texts (including historical, political, and cultural narratives). Students will begin to interpret and analyze a range of texts and to recognize and question the various contexts in which particular narratives are produced and received. They are expected to compare different cultural and literary histories and traditions; use texts to analyze contemporary questions and issues; and evaluate diverse identities, experiences, and perspectives in relation to their own.
Scientific and Quantitative Inquiries
Courses in this category provide opportunities to examine the natural and physical world through disciplined systematic inquiry. Students will learn how science investigates the world, asking certain types of questions, generating empirical evidence, then applying logical rigor in answering those questions. Students may also interpret and apply quantitative data and inferences to the world beyond the classroom.
Social and Historical Perspectives
Courses in this category addresses the historical, economic, political, psychological, and social factors that shape and influence people’s thoughts and behavior. During their course of study in this area, students may examine the historical roots and contemporary workings of social institutions and structures; the interconnections among and within diverse nations, cultures, and populations; and the artifacts associated with them.
THE GENERAL EDUCATION LEARNING COMMUNITIES
The General Education Learning Communities (GELCs) are course pairs and clusters taken together by a cohort of students. Professors work together to integrate courses, align teaching strategies, and build joint assignments and assessments. This encourages students to make connections among linked courses and learn from relationships among course content and modes of inquiry. It also provides a great opportunity for students to build relationships with peers taking two or three courses together in the same semester.
Please see your academic advisor to enroll in a General Education Learning Community!
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