358 History of Wake Forest College
The purpose of the Trustees and faculty of Wake Forest College to
make the changed institution standard in its curriculum is seen in their
statement with reference to admission requirements found in the
"Charter and Laws" enacted by the Corporation in December, 1838.
For admission to the Freshman Class the student had to bring
evidence of good moral character, "and be thoroughly acquainted with
those studies usually required for admission to other Colleges." The
prescribed course of studies was as follows:
1. The Freshman Class shall pursue the study of the Latin and
Greek languages, and the Elements of Geometry and Algebra.
2. The Sophomore Class shall pursue the study of the Ancient
Languages, Trigonometry and its application to Mensuration of
Heights and Distances, Surveying, Levelling and Navigation, Civil
Engineering, Logic and Rhetoric.
3. The Junior Class shall continue the study of Latin and Greek,
Analytical Geometry, Natural Philosophy, Elements of Criticism,
Natural Theology, and Moral Philosophy.
4. The Senior Class shall pursue the Learned Languages,
Astronomy, Political Economy, Chemistry, Geology, Vegetable and
Animal Physiology, Intellectual Philosophy, Evidences of
Christianity, American Constitution, Hebrew or French.
5. Composition and Declamation shall be attended to by all Classes
in both departments.
6. The Faculty may vary the order of the above studies, and select
such textbooks as the good of the Institution shall require; but a
change of this kind shall be reported at the next meeting of the Cor-
poration for their concurrence.
7. The studies of the Academical department will be regulated by
the Faculty, who will consult the ability and circumstances of the
student, and the wishes of parents and guardians.
The course of studies thus prescribed by the Corporation remained
essentially the same until 1862, when the College suspended for the
War. In the later years of this period there was a more definite
statement of entrance requirements and a slight modifica-
a favorable impress wherever he went, and his zeal for the success of the Con-
vention insured his success."