One of the most frequent questions I am asked as an academic adviser is, “But I’m an agriculture major — why do I have to take _______?” (fill in the blank with any general education class, such as humanities, English, math or other area).
When students begin their college education, typically they have chosen a major that interests them, so obviously they expect to take classes that are related to that degree or major.
First-generation college students, especially, do not realize that a significant part of their post-secondary education is designed to broaden their perspective and stimulate logical and creative thinking through general education core classes. Of course, as educators, we all strive to bring these principles to each of our classes, but oftentimes students need a baseline to begin with before they delve into the specialties of their degree courses.
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