Curriculum 353
The Classical Course was designed to prepare candidates to enter
the Freshman Class of the College, the English course to furnish a
good business education to those who did not purpose to go further.
The students in this department were under somewhat more strict
regulations than those in the College proper. They were required to
have study hours under the supervision of an officer as was the
custom in the academies of the day. The Trustees thought that this
study period should be, for boys under seventeen, not less than six
hours a day, and advised the faculty to that effect.3 Probably also it
was because so large a proportion of the students were of this class
that a much closer supervision than now obtains was kept over all of
them, the faculty being required to have rooms in the dormitory, to
visit the rooms of the students and to see that they kept at work.4
It seems that at first some of the friends of the institution at Wake
Forest did not contemplate its being a college, but a school to give
instruction in English branches to ministerial students. In speaking of
this Wait says:5 "The point which in importance outweighed all others
was the proper training of our young brethren designed of God for the
ministry." An institution that would give such students a "plain
English education," was contemplated, but it was soon seen that this
was impractical, since hardly half a dozen ministerial students could
be found among the Baptists of the State at that time, and these were
without means. An institution could not be sustained with such a
supply of students. Accordingly, the original plan was modified so as
"to admit as students any young gentlemen of good character, whether
professors of religion or not." Following out this plan, as we have
seen, the Wake Forest Institute was opened as a manual
3 Proceedings, p. 109.
4 Charter and Laws, "The students are required to be constantly in their rooms,
and diligently to pursue their studies, except in the hours allowed for recreation. To
assist students and to prompt them to diligence in their studies, the officers shall
frequently visit their rooms, and are required to do so at all times they may deem it
5 Wake Forest Student, 11, 49 f.
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