ERIC Number: ED239572
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983
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Student Patterns in Completing General Education Requirements.
Suskie, Linda Michaels; Eckstein, Mark A.
Student choices in completing recently initiated general education distribution requirements at a public four-year college were studied in 1982. The bachelor of arts degree requirements consist of two mathematics courses, three natural science courses, three social science courses, three humanities courses, and a two-course Western heritage sequence. The bachelor of science degree requirements are identical, except that no Western heritage courses are required and the three social science courses need not include a sequence. It was found that most of the students completed distribution requirements during their freshman and sophomore years, except that only a third completed the humanities distribution requirements by the junior year. Over 40 percent of those completing the social sciences sequence took two courses in psychology and over half of those completing the humanities sequence took two courses in U.S. history. It appeared that nearly 90 percent of the students were taking two history courses to fulfill general education distribution requirements. It is suggested that the college needs to determine if the strong preference for history courses over other humanities and Western heritage sequences matches the intent of the general education program. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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