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of twenty-one he was beginning his great work in the
The active members of the faculty present at their first meeting
were Professors Royall and Simmons. They constituted themselves a
committee to draw up "a plan of studies to be pursued in accordance
with the university system." At the next meeting, on December 4,
1865, they had this .plan ready and spread it upon the minutes; it was
published with notes of explanation in the catalogues of the College
for 1866 and the years following. It was used with little change for the
next twenty years, and with changes made necessary by the expansion
of the College and the addition of new subjects of instruction and the
freer use of the elective system it is the system still found in the
catalogue of the College. In fact, all colleges and universities now use
it. As spread on the minutes and published in the catalogue of 1867
the Collegiate Course was outlined under the heading, "Departments
and Schools," as follows:
I-Of Languages. (A) School of Latin-four Certificates; (B)
School of Greek-four Certificates; (C) School of Modern
Languages -four Certificates.
II-Of Mathematics. (D) School of Algebra and Geometry-two
Certificates; (E) School of Trigonometry and Astronomy-two Certifi
cates; (F) School of Analytical Geometry and Calculus-two
III-Of Nat. Science. (G) School of Nat. Philosophy-two Certifi-
cates; (H) School of Chemistry-two Certificates; (I) School of Nat.
Hist.-two Certificates.
IV-Of Belles Lettres. (K) School of English and History-two
Certificates; (L) School of Logic and Rhetoric-two Certificates; (M)
School of Moral and Mental Philosophy-two Certificates; (N) School
of Political Economy and Evidences of Christianity-two Certificates.
The practical application of this plan was to permit any student to
take any course for which he was prepared, and to abandon the rigid
grouping of students by classes-Freshmen, Sophomore, Junior,
Senior-by which all in each class were required to pursue
13 G. W. Paschal. "William Bailey Royal]," a sketch from autobiographical notes,
Wake Forest Student, XLV, 287ff.
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