Juniata does more than teach you a discipline - it shapes you as a person.
Liberal Arts Distribution
Without a doubt, students need a certain set of skills to succeed in their chosen professions. At the same time, however, Juniata believes students need the ability to approach and resolve issues from more than one perspective.
For that reason, Juniata requires all students to complete six credit hours of coursework in five specific liberal arts-related areas:
- F ine Arts
- I nternational Studies
- S ocial Sciences
- H umanities
- N atural Sciences
These cannot simply be introductory-level courses—students are expected to complete prerequisite classes or take 300-level courses in at least three of these five areas.
By completing these requirements, Juniata students develop and retain the "intellectual flexibility" they need to maneuver whatever life throws their way.
Communication and Mathematical Requirements
In order to prepare for life after graduation, Juniata expects all students to acquire a basic set of communication and quantitative/analytical skills:
During freshman year, all students complete the College Writing Seminar - an interdisciplinary course which introduces students to basic writing skills and communication that characterize the college experience and helps them think and express themselves more effectively in and out of the classroom. The course also integrates basic computer, library and Internet research and study skills, career planning and other issues relevant to first-year college students.
Students also are expected to complete at least four communications courses (minimum 12 credits), two of which must be writing-based and two of which may be speech-based. One writing-based (CW) course must be in the POE.
Before graduating, all students must also demonstrate that they have a basic competency in statistics as well as an understanding of basic mathematical skills. To satisfy the requirement, students have three options: complete a course which deals explicitly with both statistical and mathematical skills; complete one statistical and one mathematical course; or pass proficiency exams in math and statistics.
Cultural Analysis and Interdisciplinary Requirements
All Juniata students complete two General Education courses after attaining sophomore standing. One course is chose from the Interdisciplinary Colloquia offerings and the other from the Cultural Analysis offerings.
Interdisciplinary Colloquia (IC)
Juniata has a strong tradition that requires students to experience a team-taught course that emphasizes reading, discussion and writing in an interdisciplinary setting. Although topics vary, all IC courses include serious consideration of the relationships between theory and practice in different disciplines and provide insight as to how an interdisciplinary approach can have a positive effect on individuals' personal and public lives.
Cultural Analysis (CA)
CA courses deal with human culture in its various forms: philosophic, literary, artistic, economic, social, political and scientific. Each course focuses on the thoughts and behaviors of individuals and groups and how relationships between ideas and institutions have shaped societies. Approaches include examining the historical development of a given culture over time; analyzing encounters or conflicts between two cultures or societies; and studying the variety of interactions among individuals and sub-groups within a given culture or society.