Why I Teach

I’ve been thinking about curriculum a good deal lately, partly because our department has been doing a program review, but also just because I read about and hear about what other colleges and universities are doing.  The university where I teach has a rather regimented curriculum both in terms of the general education requirements and within our major.  We don’t give our students all that much flexibility.

I looked back at one of our catalogs from the mid-1990s, and I see that the curriculum really hasn’t changed all that much.  In fact, what we seem to have done in most cases is simply add more requirements on.  The classes are largely the same, though there have been some minor name changes along the way (Intro. to Chaucer became simply Chaucer, for example).

There are two things that worry me about this march through required classes that students have to do. Continue reading