By Samantha Rathbun
In order to graduate 4Cs with an Associate’s Degree, students must take at least 21 credits worth of general education courses. The problem is, students do not realize the importance of these general education courses or why they happen to exist.
Students must earn three credits in both English Composition I and any course under the umbrella term of Humanities and Fine Arts. Those courses include Art, Communications, English, French, German, Humanities, Music, Philosophy, Spanish and Theatre.
Students must also earn up to six credits in Behavioral and Social Sciences, which include Anthropology, Criminology, Economics, Geography, Government, History, Psychology, Philosophy and Sociology courses.
Six to eight credits are required in Mathematics Science courses offered at 4Cs, depending on your major. These courses range anywhere from Elementary Algebra to Precalculus, as well as Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Environmental Science, Earth Science and Physics.
Lastly, a student must choose a general education elective, which lets students pick a class that might interest them, despite it not relating to their major.
“I feel [general education courses] are redundant and not challenging enough,” said Macy Smolinsky, a 4Cs student. “More time is spent on going over topics previously taught in high school.”
Smolinsky believes that students should not be required to take general education courses that do not pertain to one’s major, thus bettering their studies. Jake Rogers, another 4Cs student, has an opposing stance on the matter.
“[General education classes] are a good idea. They help improve education for the people,” said Rogers.
General education courses allow students to experience different subjects that they may not have ever thought about before. They allow students to explore different options before making the decision to stick to a major.
“I believe that Cape Cod Community College should require students to take general education courses,” says Rebecca Griffin, a literature professor at 4Cs.
Griffin teaches both general education classes and 200-level literature classes. She often encounters students who believe that general education classes are redundant, but she hopes that she can persuade them reconsider.
“General education courses ensure that tomorrow’s college-educated leaders can solve complex problems and see situations from multiple points of view,” said Griffin. “[They] help students to become well-rounded human beings.”
Students often change majors throughout college and general education courses allow students to explore a multitude of different majors, opening up new possibilities for their future.
“I encourage you to recall the curiosity you may have felt as a child for all different subjects and to approach these classes with an open and curious mind,” advises Griffin. “Be open to learning about something you know nothing about.”