22 History of Wake Forest College
For the first three years of President Poteat's administration the
requirements for the various degrees remained as they had been,
except that there was more definiteness in the statements that basic in
all degree requirements were fourteen units of high school work. Of
the work for the Bachelor of Arts degree eighty-five to ninety
semester hours were prescribed, including two years each of Latin,
English, and mathematics, and one year each of chemistry, biology,
physics, moral philosophy, history and a second foreign language.
The remainder of the 130 semester hours required for the degree were
to be selected by the student from a long list of courses with the
provision that in his electives must be at least two advanced courses.
For the Bachelor of Science degree the prescribed courses were the
same with the exception of history and the second year of Latin. The
elective requirements were sixty-eight semester hours and some
additional laboratory work. Among the electives were the courses
offered in the School of Medicine.
A radical modification of these degree requirements was adopted by
the faculty, on the recommendation of President Poteat and the
Committee on Entrance Requirements in the spring of 1910, and
published in the catalogue of that year. Under the new scheme the
college work for the degrees was divided into halves, the first half for
the first two years, the second half for the
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under the head of English Literature, and how many have you studying the
multiplication table entered under Mathematics: Will you answer Mr. Student,' The
editor did answer, not according to the folly of the University Magazine innuendo,
but soberly, professing to believe that the statement represented only the writer and
certainly not the University: Wake Forest had 200 students, the University 205; in
point of preparation the University matriculates had little or no advantage over those
of Wake Forest; in Wake Forest, according to the President's report for 1884-85,
there registered during the year not more than eleven unprepared students, and most
of these were soon eliminated, so that only five were in attendance at any one time.
At Wake Forest there was no preparatory department, although classes of sub-
collegiate grade were kept for students who had deficiencies in Latin, Greek and
Mathematics. The University also had such classes, one with the high-sounding
name, "Scientific Math.," but below college grade. The University catalogue made
provision for students with deficiencies with the statement: "Exceptions may be
allowed at the discretion of the
Faculty."
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