a whirlwind of ideas
The motivation behind the creation of the “winter term” was
recognizably similar to what had prompted students in 1968 to
start the “Experimental College,” and, interestingly, some of the
courses that would be offered for credit in the years to come would
be like the courses offered without credit through that earlier vol-
untary association of teachers and students.
The new College curriculum now being endorsed by the faculty,
and to take effect in 1971, would be measured through a system
based on the number of “courses” a student would take rather than,
as in the past, on the basis of “hours” accumulated toward the
degree. Thus, henceforth, 35½ “courses” rather than 128 “hours”
would be the basic requirement for a B.A. or B.S. degree. Of these
35½ courses, 32 would have to be “full courses,” and a student
would have to have a “C” average (a 2.0) on these “full courses.”
The remaining courses could be selected from among desig-
nated “half-courses,” for example, those in applied music, music
ensemble, sports activities in the Department of Physical Educa-
tion, and military science, and a “C” average would be required on
these “half-courses” also. In a given semester a student, except by
permission of the Dean of the College, would be allowed to take
only courses.
The list of requirements for the undergraduate degree was also
changed in significant ways. Formerly, a student had to take 12
hours of English; 6 hours of religion; 3 hours of philosophy; 6 hours
of history; 3 hours of mathematics; 8 hours of biology, chemistry, or
physics; 6 hours of economics, political science, sociology, or anthro-
pology; 2 hours of physical education; a foreign language through
the second college year; and, depending on the student’s major, an
additional 6 hours either in the foreign language or in mathematics
or in business administration. Neither psychology nor the arts were
included among the options available to satisfy a requirement.
The recommendations of the Curriculum Study Committee, as
adopted by the faculty, led to the following requirements for gradua-
tion: one course in English composition; two courses in a foreign
language beyond the first year of the language; three courses in
English literature, American literature, foreign literature, or the arts;
three courses in biology, chemistry, physics, or mathematics (to
be selected from only two departments); one course each in history,
religion, and philosophy; three courses in economics, political
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