Harvard's task force on general education released its final plan for a new curriculum yesterday. We know that sounds really boring, but this kind of stuff can be influential. In the past, when the university instituted things like "majors" and "general education requirements," other schools caught on. This report still advocates forcing students to take certain general education requirements, but its major change is that instead of grouping those by method--"quantitative reasoning" or "moral reasoning" or "literary analysis"--requirements are grouped by subject. We've listed the eight subjects below the jump.
You can learn more about what could be coming your way, maybe, sometime in the future in this Crimson article (heavy on internal school politics), this Inside Higher Ed story (heavy on bullet points), or--if you're really brave--the actual copy of the report. In fact, the final choice may be the smartest: The report has a cool color photo and is a neat and concise 34 pages. Nicely done, Harvard professors!
Proposed required subject areas:
1. Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding
2. Culture and Belief
3. Empirical Reasoning
4. Ethical Reasoning
5. Science of Living Systems
6. Science of the Physical Universe
7. Societies of the World
8. The United States in the World