To graduate, a student must complete a total of 68 units unrelated to their chosen major.

Some say that the purpose of general education units is to give a student a well-rounded education that spans beyond their chosen career.

Others believe general education units allow students to explore all majors over a number of years before deciding on their appropriate major.

While general education classes allow students to explore outside of their initial collegiate interests, they can also be a distraction from the reason they are getting their degree.

(Valerie Mancia | The Poly Post)

A student majoring in communications may do well in an English class, but a bad grade in a math class could lead to a drop in their grade point average.

These classes allow students to explore, but when someone wants a certain scholarship or to attend grad school, a low mark in a class unrelated to one’s major can affect the entirety of their school career and future.

The impact of general education courses on both grades and feelings for students may be positive for a lot of students, but the amount of units should be significantly reduced.

It is up for debate how useful general education classes are and whether or not they help or disrupt one’s GPA.

It’s beneficial for students to take classes outside of their major but seeing as we are also required to take a certain amount of unrestricted electives, a lot of the general education classes are unnecessary.

Internships might be a better alternative.

While already a requirement, the experience of an internship is far more useful than upper division general education courses.

Many students find general education at least somewhat useful, but do not have a general opinion on what if anything should replace it.

Students might find merit in general education classes.

Some of them are designed to make students think critically and improve their problem-solving skills.

However, these traits should be in a student’s toolset anyway.

Even if it’s not, they don’t need multiple classes to teach a set of skills that could be accomplished in one course.

Especially when a lot of students feel that their problem solving and critical thinking skills weren’t affected by the classes.

I believe that general education courses give students time to figure out what they want to do in terms of their academic career.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, about 80 percent of students in the United States end up changing their major at least once.

However, they could also be taking electives instead of general education courses to take the time to figure out what they want.

Many universities in Britain don’t have many if any general education requirements.

This allows students to jump head first into their chosen academic path and graduate faster.

Most British undergraduate students graduate in 3 years according to

Students who must take courses that have nothing to do with their field may not like the effect the course has on their GPA.

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