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last two years. Reporting to the Board of Trustees in May 1910,
President Poteat thus explained the new scheme:
The essential features of the new scheme are two: (1) There are certain subjects
which are of universal human interest. Such subjects must be required of all
students. Among the other subjects of study, legitimate and numerous as they are,
choice must be allowed, but the choice must be controlled and directed into
channels which pass without break into the student's life career. Accordingly, the
first two years of the college course are prescribed for all applicants for the B.A.
degree. The work of these recognized with due respect the honorable B.A. tradition.
The work of the remaining two years consists of elective subjects in four groups,
each of which without loss of culture value is characterized by its relation to a
career in life, namely, Letters, Civics (Business or Law), Ministry and Education. It
will be observed that the student's election is not indiscriminate among many
unrelated subjects, but rather directed among groups of electives. The same may be
said in general of the Bachelor of Science degree. The groups of electives for that
degree are-General Science, Engineering, and Medicine. No change is made in the
requirements for the Bachelor of Laws degree, covering as heretofore three years of
required work.
The new scheme of studies, whether by accident or by design, was
on the principle of the division of the usual four-year college course
into two equal parts, established by the University of Chicago in
1892, the first half being called the Junior College, the second half the
Senior College. An advance, however, was made in the Wake Forest
College prescriptions in that the studies to be pursued in the second
period were arranged in groups, each of which would give the student
who elected it special training for a particular career. This principle
had already been adopted for students of Medicine in the colleges
throughout the country, and it was logical that a certain other group of
studies would best fit a person for a career as a journalist or writer of
any kind, another would best meet the needs of one who was to work
in the field of education, and still another would better meet the needs
of one whose interest was in political and social affairs. This feature
of the new scheme was most favorably
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