Right to my core

October 30th, 2014



I don’t think I’ll ever understand the core curriculum requirements.


I get the point of it. And I think it’s a good thing that schools want their students to be well-rounded and not purely dedicated to one specific, or general, subject.


But I think that colleges, including this one, take it a little too far.


College is supposed to be about juggling 300,000 different classes and extra-curricular activities and friends. Well, I got that point about a year and a half ago.


So, as an English major with three semesters left that will be packed with necessary courses, why do I still have to find time to take plant science?


It only adds to the struggle all of us have to deal with on a daily basis.


I’m sure dozens of people have complained about this before. And, I know this singular column, which most people won’t read, will most likely not make a difference. But it’s still worth saying that the core requirements are extensive.


I firmly believe in the core requiring every student to take at least one class in each discipline.


But three philosophies, two religions and two mandatory, consecutive semesters of the same foreign language seems like a lot for students that have majors with 100 plus credit hours.


I’m really feeling the strain the core has placed on my schedule this semester, now that I am getting into my major courses but still have some core that needs to be taken care of, even if it is just one class.


Regardless of how many core classes you may have left, the next two or three semesters may appear to be really overwhelming because you now have no leeway in the classes you can take.


The core has taken up my entire first two years of college and has left me feeling like I need to cram the rest of my graduation requirements into these upcoming semesters.


Essentially, the past two academic years have been focused on just getting classes out of the way instead of looking for classes that I will find helpful and interesting.


I know that a lot of the required courses are deemed essential for a liberal arts education. The faculty members are also pretty good authorities in deciding what’s important to learn. They’re the ones with MBAs and PhDs hanging in their offices. All I have is a chalkboard.


But this is still my education – and yours, too. I just want to be sure that it really is up to us to decide what classes are best for us to take.


The core is so strict and has such intense requirements which take up too much time. It is almost taking away the decision for us as to what classes we feel we should be taking.


These four years go by quickly, and we need all the time we can get.


And I’d rather spend that time learning about things that will further my career goals and make me want to study – not the other way around.