Ivy League College May Nix Science in Favor of Diversity

Blake Neff, Daily Caller, February 21, 2015

Barnard College, the all-women college affiliated with Columbia University, is considering slashing its foreign-language and science requirements while requiring students to complete a new requirement on “diversity,” the Columbia Spectator reported Friday.

Barnard is conducting an ongoing review of its core curriculum, which is expected to be fully implemented for the 2016-17 school year.

Just what would qualify for fulfilling the diversity requirement is unclear, although the Spectator said it would be “focused on local, global, and social issues.” It would also replace the more limited Cultures in Comparison requirement.

While diversity is on the ascent, hard sciences and foreign languages may be on their way out. The school is considering eliminating a required semester of lab science, as well as slashing its foreign language requirement from four semesters to two. During hearings last fall, several students had complained that taking mid-level classes to fulfill the language requirement was “too hard.” Others complained that the school’s core curriculum was too culturally restrictive.

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