Education Degrees

14 July 2011

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Why are there general education requirements for college degrees?

I am wondering why college students must take so many general education classes. I thought that was what high school was for! This is why my GERs are so easy and I am just breezing through them. I wish that along with my degree requirements I didn’t have to take math, science and language classes, just history and social sciences. I feel like I’m wasting my time taking the same classes I had in high school over again, and wish I had taken more AP tests.
I was priveleged to have had a college-level high school education. I have taken courses like chemistry, physics, english and foreign languages at a college level already. A lot of the students at my high school who went on to college have said that their GERs are easy as well.

The thing about college that students rarely realize is that the university level programs are not about teaching you to become a . They are about learning, and becoming a well rounded, thinking, reasoning individual.

If you just took history and social science classes, you would miss out on the different perspectives that the other courses can offer you. Even in social sciences, you’ll need math skills, language skills, and a basic understanding of sciences.

One thing I realized years after finishing my undergraduate degree was that not one course I took was a waste of time. Even if I thought it was at the time, I learned something valuable in each course, or it set me up to learn something in a further course.

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