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than just 120 credits
By Steve Seepersaud
Daily Staff Reporter
Many students arrive in Ann Arbor with the
hope that graduating in four years is simply a mat-
ter of collecting 120 credits. However, there are
many new requirements that the University, particu-
larly the College of Literature, Science, and the
Arts, has introduced over the past four years.
While these requirements are designed to help
students, the process of wading through them can be
difficult. The following is crash coursein LSA re-
LSA's mission for the distribution is to help stu-
dents gain appreciation for the major areas of learn-
ing. In LSA, there are three ways or patterns to com-
plete a distribution.
The most commonly selected method of distri-
bution is Pattern I, where courses are divided into
three categories-natural sciences, humanities, and
Jonathan Choe, a staff member in the Students'
Counseling Office, has fielded many student con-
cerns about the requirements. "(Students) don't know
allthe requirements. Depending on which pattem they
take, the distribution can be confusing," he said.
Race and Ethnicity
All LSA students must take one Race and
Ethnicity (R&E) course before graduating. Each se-
mester, the University decides which classes will
meet this requirement. Courses must give attention
to issues of race, ethnicity, racial intolerance and
"Personally, I think it's a good idea," Choe said.
"It was something that helped open up awareness.
But now it's just a requirement (students) want to get
out of the way. Itloses some meaning. (Students) don't
look at itas an opportunity."
LSA students must pass a fourth-term class in a
language other than English. Students can place out of
this requirement by scoring well on the entrance
exams given at Orientation. Last semester, in an ef-
fort to improve students' performances, the college
ruled that fourth-term language courses may no
longer be taken pass/fail.
German instructor Rick Chamberlain said he
supports the decision to eliminate the pass/fail op-
tion for the fourth semester,
"With experience, you know who's taking it
pass/fail. (The student's) grade hovers around where
it has to be (a C-minus)," he said. "You can enjoy it
regardless of whether it's pass/fail or for a grade."
Santhi Periasamy, an LSA senior taking Spanish
231 this summer, said she does not support the new
rule. "Pass/fail allows people to take a language
course and enjoy it. It's difficult to take higher level
courses for a grade," she said.
For the second year, incoming students must take
a course dealing with quantitative reasoning. LSA
hopes QR courses will ensure that graduates are
skilled in analyzing quantitative information, so they
includea wide range of subjects, from philosophy to
Kevin Clarke, a teaching assistant for Statistics
100, said that the QR requirement is a necessary ad-
dition to the LSA curriculum.
"I went toa school without such a requirement.
I majored in political science and didn't take any
math. I would have appreciated that kind of require-
ment," he said.
Clarke said that students will benefit in the long
run from taking courses like statistics. "It's used in
almost every field. You can't watch TV news infor-
matively without knowing about statistics," he said.
Prior to Orientation, students submit a portfolio to
the English Composition Board. Based on the ECB
evaluation, students will eitherbe placed in a remedial
writing course, introductory composition or they will
receive an exemption. Advanced Placementcreditsdo
not count toward this requirement.
After earning 55 credits, students must take an
ECB approved course to satisfy the junior/senior
Choe said that the University's assessment pro-
gram is valuable to students. "Most students appre-
ciate having to turn in a portfolio. (Introductory com-
position)ishard forsome people who don'tknowhow
to write papers," he said. "If you're not proficient in
writing, you won't do well at this University."
A little boy follows behind his dad In the park next to the Huron River.
Summer Orientation 1995
Cover design by Mark Friedman
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