20 History of Wake Forest College
units; history 2 units; science 1 unit, with 2 units elective. These
credits with slight modifications continued for many years. In the
catalogue for 1909-10 the requirements in foreign languages were
increased to 4 units, and here it remained for candidates for the
Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees until 1927-28,
when for the latter the requirement was reduced to 2 units of either
French or German; in 1929-30 the language requirement for all
degrees was reduced, to two units. For the Bachelor of Arts degree the
language requirement to this time had been Latin. At first only one
unit in a modern language was accepted on entrance, the assumption
being that this was full credit for any possible work in modern
languages in many high schools. Beginning with the catalogue of
1916-17, 1 or 2 units were accepted; and conforming to general usage
in 1921-22 not less than 2 units of any foreign language was accepted
on entrance. Until the year 1918-19 only ½ unit of credit was given
for plane geometry, but in that year the credit was made a full unit. In
1906-07 and for several years thereafter only three years of Latin with
a credit of units were required for admission to the first year of
college Latin, but in 1909-10 this was increased to 4 units. From the
first a formidable and elaborate description of entrance requirements
in English was made; equally formidable was the description of the
requirements in Latin, beginning 1909-10 and running for a few
years. In each of these subjects the statements were those adopted by
national organizations of the teachers in Northern colleges and
universities, the high requirements in Latin being urged persistently
by the North Carolina high schools which were aspiring to do
advanced work in Latin. The liberal amount of credit for history, 2
units, was permitted in consideration of the fact that high school
students were desperately in need of units, and the various branches
of history were taught in many of the smaller high schools. The
courses were credited ½ unit each. The instruction in high schools in
the sciences for which credit was given was of like nature, exceed-
ingly elementary. How inferior the training in the high schools of that
day was in the estimation of the faculty is shown by the
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