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Department of General Studies


The General Studies curriculum is integral to the overall development of the aspiring jazz professional. Courses in General Studies promote broad-based cultural literacy, critical thinking and communication skills necessary to function successfully in the music world and beyond. Courses in General Studies serve to broaden perspectives and provide points of reference invaluable to the jazz professional in a global society.

The General Studies requirement comprises 30 credits and is divided into the following five areas:

Area 1. English Communication (Requirement: 6 credits)

Area 2. Arts and Humanities (Requirement: 6 credits)

Area 3. Social Sciences (Requirement: 12 credits)

Area 4. Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning (Requirement: 3 credits)

Area 5. Physical Sciences (Requirement: 3 credits)

A range of General Studies courses is offered at the California Jazz Conservatory. The CJC also accepts select General Studies requirements/electives from any fully accredited institution. Transfer credit fulfilling CJC General Studies requirements in English Communication (6 credits), Arts and Humanities (6 credits) and Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning (3 credits) is evaluated and accepted on a case-by-case basis. Please note: the Social Sciences (12 credits) and Physical Sciences (3 credits) requirements are not transferable from another institution. These requirements must be fulfilled at the CJC.

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