At Liberal Colleges, American History No Longer Required for History Majors

As the end of the year approaches, it might instructive to glance back at the concessions made not only during the past year but throughout the entirety of the Obama years to snowflakes on college campuses throughout the nation.

As we draw up the final tally of which concession deserves the booby prize for the dumbest, a late entry from George Washington University in D.C. may be up there among the semi-finalists.

According to The College Fix, courses in U.S. history will no longer be a requirement for (drum roll!) history majors at GWU. Purportedly designed to give history majors more latitude in their pursuit of their chosen field of inquiry, the department has eliminated requirements in U.S., North American, and European history.

The new requirements mandate at least one introductory course, of which American history, World History and European civilization are options. Yet, like at many elite universities, the introductory course requirement may be fulfilled by scoring a 4 or a 5 on the Advanced Placement exams for either U.S. History AP, European History AP or World History AP.

It gets better:

Earlier this year, the American Council of Trustees and Alumni released a report revealing that fewer than one-third of the nation’s leading universities require history majors to take a single course in U.S. history. George Washington University now joins those ranks. [Emphasis added]

Here’s hoping that in the coming year and the years to follow, universities once again discover their backbones and turn a deaf ear on complaints about triggers and microaggressions, as well as demands for safe spaces, and return to the job of preparing young adults for life in the real world.

 

Reposted with Permission from Liberty Unyielding…

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy is the Editor of LibertyUnyielding. He has written for HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.

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