Connecticut State University Curriculum Analysis

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The Connecticut State University administration is admitting a new school to its system. Northern Connecticut State University will join Southern, Central, Eastern and Western as part of the system. The curriculum of the school is yet to be established. I have been chosen as a student representative from Southern Connecticut State University and will be giving my input on how I think the curriculum should be formed. Many different universities have different ideas of what is considered a general education. This is why schools have different undergraduate requirements. At the University of Chicago, students’ classes are basically laid out for them until the end of their sophomore year. On the other hand, Brown University has no…show more content…
In the New York Times article by McGrath he is quoted by saying “One reason is that knowledge has expanded so much in recent years, especially in the sciences and social sciences, that no one can agree any longer on what constitutes a basic foundation. Knowledge keeps growing every second of every day.” By the time students get around to taking certain classes the information that they are going to learn will be out of date at the time, or soon after that. One reason for this is because many of the textbooks students are using are three or four years old. Lets take history for example. Many textbooks now are just including the horrific events of September 11th 2001. This terrible event happened nearly six years ago. In those six years there has been plenty going on in the world that is significant and can be learned by students. The students may learn that ‘John Doe’ is the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan when in reality, ‘John Doe’ lost his position three months after the book was published. As the world changes and new information is discovered there will be a need for more…show more content…
If students are interested in the classes they are taking and they feel like they can get something out of it, they will get better grades. This will make the university look better as a whole as students’ grade point averages begin to rise. Also the idea of minimal requirements gives students what is called elective flexibility. Electives are the classes that students get to choose what they take. For students who aren’t sure exactly what they want to do, they can take a variety of classes so that maybe they can find something they are interested in. But if there were a lot of classes needed to graduate then by the time each student is done with all these classes, they are forced to take classes aimed towards their major. But one major flaw with this system is that sometimes students can become too focused in their major. Students may take electives that somehow tie into their major. Then they will have a very narrow minded education. They will only know in depth about their subject area, and in a world that is changing every second it is good have a broader education. By eliminating the large number of general education requirements and adding more major requierment students will be able to expand their horizons and take classes that may interest them. In conclusion, students at the new NCSU campus should

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