The ACR (All College Requirements) has been a topic of discussion among students for many years and recently this subject has come under scrutiny from professors and faculty as well. How important are the ACR courses? These are the courses that all majors are required to take in order to graduate—two semesters of math, two semesters of writing, etc. As a freshman at TWC, I became somewhat frustrated with the ACR myself because the list seemed to drag on. I was pursuing an English major taking science and physical education courses, but for what purpose? I have come to realize that a well-rounded amount of courses is important to the structure and basis of learning no matter what major a student may be pursuing. However, this has still been controversial and debated among students. Should knowledge in all disciplines be necessary to all degrees? Or should students only focus on subjects relative to their desired degree? I asked several students, many of which wished to remain anonymous for their own personal reasons.
One student, a freshman, noted her frustration. “It doesn’t make sense to me that I have to take two years of a foreign language if I’m trying to get an English degree. I’d much rather take more courses that pertain to English to fulfill my hours required. I don’t believe it’d make too much of a difference on the number of students enrolling in Wesleyan, though. I don’t think too many people look into things like that before they come to TWC.”
Another female, senior, reflected on her own Education major to answer some questions. “It is very important to have a well-rounded amount of knowledge no matter what degree you’re getting. It’s better to know a little of everything that trying to learn everything in one subject—that’s what graduate school is for. As far as Wesleyan in concerned, I think the ACR is good. I don’t think I’d argue for more ACR courses (laugh) but they are important because they give you a good base of knowledge that helps in other courses as well. Students would probably be more like to come here if the ACR was cut, although I don’t think they should, but they probably would.”
Grayson Black, a recent graduate of TWC, talked along the same lines as the previous interviewee. “ACR courses widen your perspective. I think it’d be better to keep a base-line set of classes than to cut those down because then you’ll have high school students that are more proficient in certain courses than a college-level student. I’m not even good at math, for instance, but taking the classes that were part of the ACR even though they weren’t in direct relation to my major, really helped me in the future.”
Other students like Brad Carpenter, senior, stated that the ACR was too much. “There should be more emphasis on your major. I don’t think there should be as much history and geography—we learned that in high school.”
This topic remains to be disputed among students, thought the majority of students (and graduates) seem to agree that the ACR does more good than harm.