Column: General education courses should take a backseat
If unnecessary general education courses required by American universities are removed, students would be able to earn a degree in at least a year less.
American college students spends tens of thousands of dollars and years of time on their education. In the United Kingdom, a bachelor’s degree takes three years to complete and students declare a major before accepted into the institution. However, American college students are required to take approximately two years of prerequisites aside from their major.
Hunter Shuff, a senior at USCA says, “I have transferred schools three times and taken gen eds at each school. The classes didn’t have any information that I did not already learn in high school.”
Though some argue that these courses are to help students become more curious, some of them are of no use in the field that they want to study.
Theatre professor James Schroeder says, “I think some general classes such as interpersonal communications and public speaking are important for students to take. I don’t think classes such as theatre is a necessity for everyone.”
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