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Have You Ever Wondered Why Should Have To Take Required Classes That Don’t Apply to your Major?

Hafeezah Nazim


College classroom, Photo by

College classroom, Photo by

The most appealing thing about attending a university is the idea of having the freedom to choose. Students coming out of high school and into college are faced with a multitude of options.

We can choose what we want to study, what time we want to take classes, when we want to eat, if we want to go to the campus party or if we’d rather just sleep the entire day away. However, by taking a deeper look in our studies, it seems as if our choices may not be as open as we thought they were.

Each major comes with a pre-determined curriculum plan for students to follow. The majority of the classes are relating to the major; even the electives directly relate.

The issue with required classes is that while many are helpful and vital, a lot of them also are not. In fact, some are a waste of time and money.

Personally, as a student double-majoring in journalism and creative writing, I anticipated taking the obvious English classes with its focus on writing, structure, creativity, and research.

I also anticipated taking psychology, speech, a foreign language, and philosophy to help me improve my communication skills and to understand around me.

Essentially, none of these unrelated classes have anything to do directly with my major, they do help me understand things on a deeper level, and aid in my development as a young educated woman.

With that being said, why is it a requirement for a liberal arts student to have to take not one, not two, but three science classes? Why must students waste time and money on unimportant classes that will not benefit them in any way?

It would be understandable having to take one science class; a compacted general science course offered each semester to non-science majors. Physics, chemistry, and biology should not be required for students who do not plan to have anything to do with science in their careers.

It’s ridiculous having to be stressed out over lab manuals, expensive textbooks, and soon-to-be forgotten experiments just to get to your degree — which will have nothing to do with your chosen major. And because these classes are each a pre-requisite of each other, they can’t be taken at the same time.

Perhaps the university believes that by taking these classes, students will become more educated and well-rounded individuals. But in reality, most of us just trying to get through the semester.

Category: Op Ed