The core of our being

March 21st, 2013

An open forum held last week prompted faculty members to discuss several potential changes to the core curriculum. The proposed revisions include reducing the number of credit hours required to graduate, eliminating First Year Seminar, reducing the number of required philosophy courses and introducing linked courses.

These proposals were prompted by a survey of the student body that  indicated an overwhelming desire for curriculum changes. The addition of linked courses was suggested to allow faculty members to teach more in their areas of expertise. Although these changes are still mostly hypothetical, the director of the core curriculum is optimistic about the proposal being accepted.

Reducing the required number of core credits will definitely benefit the student body by allowing them to take more courses specific to their majors. Core requirements cause students to divert their time and energy to burdensome classes and away from their major, which are more important to them personally.  Subjects like philosophy are definitely important to the development of the mind, but for students majoring in completely unrelated fields, requiring three courses is unnecessary and potentially detrimental.

The linked courses would also be beneficial to both students and faculty by illustrating how one topic intersects with many fields of study. However, linked courses should not be counted as two separate three-credit courses. Instead, each course should be counted as two credits, so that each segment will total four credits earned.

Changes have not yet been finalized; they will need to go through a voting process by the faculty and administration before being officially adopted. The date of completion for these changes is still unknown, as some aspects require further discussion. However, it is projected that the faculty will reach a decision soon.