GWU no longer re­quires U.S. his­tory for his­tory ma­jors

The Washington Times Daily - - METRO - — Dou­glas Ernst

Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton Univer­sity joins a grow­ing list of elite U.S. schools that no longer re­quire his­tory ma­jors to take an Amer­i­can his­tory course be­fore earn­ing a diploma.

An ed­u­ca­tion watch­dog re­ported Thurs­day that GWU has em­braced a pol­icy by one-third of the na­tion’s most pres­ti­gious schools, which makes a U.S. his­tory course op­tional for stu­dents who call the field their vo­ca­tion.

The Col­lege Fix said GWU His­tory Depart­ment Chair­man Karin Schultheiss and sev­eral in­struc­tors at the univer­sity re­buffed in­quiries on the new rule.

The school’s news­pa­per, The Hatchet, re­cently said fac­ulty framed the new pol­icy as a way to “re­cruit stu­dents” and “bet­ter re­flect a glob­al­iz­ing world,” The Col­lege Fix re­ported.

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