Integrative Core Curriculum

Student Information about Changes to the Core – 2017

In May 2017, the JCU faculty adopted certain adjustments to the Core Curriculum that will affect some currently enrolled students. The good news is, all of the Core courses you have already completed will still count for Core. These changes are designed to make it easier, not more difficult, for current students to complete the Core.

The changes, in brief, are as follows:

  1. Altering the makeup of the two required TRS courses;
  2. Reducing the linked course requirement from two pairs to one pair and removing specific content requirements for the linked pair; and
  3. Adding a new, separate distribution-course requirement (three introductory courses, one each from humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences).

 

A full description of all of this year’s changes to the Core may be found by downloading the “Frequently Asked Questions” document (PDF). However, the following questions should help you figure out whether, and how, your academic plan may be affected.

QUESTION 1: Are you an incoming student in the Class of 2021? 
– If “yes,” you should already have received advising at New Student Orientation about your core requirements, so the changes should not affect you. You can stop reading now.
– If “no,” go on to Question 2.

QUESTION 2: Are you following the Old (Distributive) Core Curriculum?
– If “yes,” none of these changes will affect you. You can stop reading now.
– If “no,” i.e., you are a New (Integrative) Core student, go on to Question 3.

QUESTION 3: Have you taken (and passed) TRS 101 yet?
– If “yes,” it automatically counts as your “lower-division” TRS course. You do not need to do anything. Go on to Question 4.
– If “no,” you should take something else instead. TRS 101 is no longer required and will soon be eliminated. You now need to take any ONE lower-division TRS course (100 or 200 level) and any one upper-division TRS course (300 level). Skip to Question 5.

QUESTION 4: Have you taken (and passed) your second TRS course yet?
– If “yes,” it automatically counts as your “upper-division” TRS course. You do not need to do anything. Go on to Question 5.
– If “no,” you may still enroll in EITHER a 200-level OR a 300-level TRS course to complete your TRS core requirement. Go on to Question 5.

QUESTION 5: Have you completed your EGC course yet?
– If “yes,” you will receive EGC credit automatically. You do not need to do anything. In addition, if you took your EGC course in Fall 2017 or before, you will automatically receive credit for one “distribution” course in whatever division your EGC course was offered. Go on to Question 6.
– If “no,” you should still plan to take one as this requirement has not changed. (Study Abroad can also count for EGC credit. For more information, see this link: Study Abroad for EGC credit.) EGC courses taken in Spring 2018 or later will NOT count for a distribution credit. Go on to Question 6.

QUESTION 6: Have you completed either ONE or BOTH of your linked course pairs (EHE or ENW) yet?
– If “yes,” you automatically receive credit for your “link” requirement. In addition, if you took your linked pair in Fall 2017 or before, you will automatically receive credit for “distribution” courses in whatever divisions your link(s) were offered. You do not need to do anything. Go on to Question 7.
– If “no,” you still need to enroll in ONE linked course pair (you no longer need to take two pairs). Linked courses taken in Spring 2018 or later will NOT count for a distribution credit. Go on to Question 7.

QUESTION 7: Have you completed at least one introductory course OR integrated course in each of the following 3 areas: humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences?
– If “yes,” you have probably already completed this portion of the Core. You should run a graduation audit in Banner to ensure that the courses you have taken will apply to this requirement. If a course has not applied and you think it should, you may submit a petition to have the course considered for Core credit. (Courses taken for Core in other areas, such as Foundational Writing, languages, or Quantitative Analysis, cannot be applied to this requirement.)
– If “no,” you should plan to enroll in whatever remaining courses you need to meet this requirement. (Remember that many courses for your major can also count for Core credit.) A full listing of departmental courses that will meet the distribution requirement are available on the Core website.

 

Because students are in different stages of completion of the Core requirements, we have created the chart below to explain how the transition will work. Please note that the Core Director, the Registrar, and your advisor will work to make the transition to the new requirements as smooth as possible. If you have questions about what Core requirements you have completed or what you have yet to complete, don’t hesitate to contact your faculty advisor or the Core Director.

Key:       LINK = linked courses
EGC = Engaging the Global Community
HUM = humanities distribution
SOC = social science distribution
SCI = natural science distribution

 

For students who have finished only one integrated course:

Taken in Fall 2017 or before: Will Receive:
EGC only* EGC; HUM
EGC+SOC* EGC; SOC
EHE only LINK; HUM
EHE+SOC LINK; HUM; SOC
ENW only (CH/PH, CH/ER, and EP/ER pairs)** LINK; SCI
ENW only (all other pairs)** LINK; SCI; HUM

*To date, EGCs have only been offered with humanities or social sciences components.
**To date, no ENWs have been offered with a social science component.

 

For students who have completed two integrated courses:

Taken in Fall 2017 or before: Will Receive:
EGC+EHE EGC; HUM; LINK
EGC+ENW EGC; HUM; LINK; SCI
EHE+ENW LINK; HUM; SCI
EGC+SOC+EHE EGC; SOC; LINK; HUM
EGC+SOC+ENW (CH/PH, CH/ER, EP/ER) EGC; SOC; LINK; SCI
EGC+SOC+ENW (all other pairs) EGC; SOC; LINK; SCI; HUM
EHE+SOC+ENW (any pair) LINK; HUM; SOC; SCI

 

For students who have completed all three:

Taken in Fall 2017 or before: Will Receive:
EGC + EHE + ENW (any pair) EGC; HUM; LINK; SCI
EGC+SOC + EHE + ENW (any pair) EGC; SOC; LINK; HUM; SCI

 

To look at it another way:

Currently Have: Needed in original design: Need in revised model:
EGC ENW, EHE+SOC (12 cr.) LINK; SOC; SCI (12 cr.)
EGC+SOC ENW, EHE (12) LINK; HUM; SCI (12)
EHE EGC+SOC, ENW (9) EGC; SOC; SCI (9)
EHE+SOC EGC, ENW (9) EGC; SCI (6)
ENW (CH/PH, CH/ER, EP/ER) EGC, EHE+SOC (9) EGC; SOC; HUM (9)
ENW (all other pairs) EGC, EHE+SOC (9) EGC; SOC (6)
EGC+EHE ENW+SOC (6) SCI; SOC (6)
EGC+ENW EHE+SOC (6) SOC (3)
EHE+ENW EGC+SOC (3) EGC; SOC (6)
EGC+SOC+EHE ENW (6) SCI (3)
EGC+SOC+ENW (CH/PH, etc.) EHE (6) HUM (3)
EGC+SOC+ENW (all other pairs) EHE (6) Nothing
EHE+SOC+ENW EGC (3) EGC (3)
EGC+EHE+ENW waiver of SOC SOC (3)
EGC+SOC+EHE+ENW Nothing Nothing

 

Revised 3 October 2017