It shouldn't be hard to find a class - 500 or so will meet the requirement, e.g., Peasants in Politics, Gender and Spirituality in World Music, plus all the Injun crap. Sorry, it's "First Nations" crap up here. Gawd but they're oppressive.
The University of Washington is adding a requirement of 3 credits in some area of "diversity."
|by Anonymous||reply 36||06/16/2013|
That has been the requirement since the early 90s, racist OP. It was called the Ethnic Studies Requirement. It was a good thing. I took Asian-American studies and I learned a lot more about the history of the Pacific Northwest than I would have otherwise.
|by Anonymous||reply 1||06/11/2013|
I had to take something like that. It was a memorable class actually. They lumped all the etnicities together including gays. Ruby Fruit Jungle was a good read although I never finished The Color Purple.
|by Anonymous||reply 2||06/11/2013|
Ruby Fruit Jungle is excellent! I read it about a year ago and loved it. Couldn't believe I'd never heard of it before. It's out of print as well, which doesn't make sense, I didn't find it outdated at all. Fun, smart, honest, well-written and certainly entertaining
|by Anonymous||reply 3||06/11/2013|
Are you trolling or just ignorant, OP?
|by Anonymous||reply 4||06/11/2013|
At my college we call it a "cultural studies" requirement. Those classes are usually very interesting.
|by Anonymous||reply 5||06/11/2013|
"Injun"? REALLY? It's their fucking homeland you live in, OP. YOU are the outsider, the intruder, the willfully ignorant cunt.
|by Anonymous||reply 6||06/11/2013|
R3 - Ruby Fruit Jungle is still in print.
|by Anonymous||reply 7||06/11/2013|
While I enjoyed my general education requirements(that included an ethnic and racial studies), I think US universities need to drop mandatory general education. It is just a waste of time and money. If universities were free, I would be okay with them. And I say this as someone that actually enjoyed the General education courses more than my major!!
|by Anonymous||reply 8||06/11/2013|
Is "Ruby Fruit Jungle" by that lady who writes them books about crime-solving kitties? My friend Darlene loves those.
|by Anonymous||reply 9||06/11/2013|
Yes, Rita Mae Brown. I didn't read the cat-crime books. Ruby Fruit Jungle is a riot, one book I wish I'd read as a teen. It's just fucking great.
|by Anonymous||reply 10||06/11/2013|
Poor, poor, oppressed bigot OP
how fucking awful it must be to be oppressed to the point of having to take 3 credits just because the government of the United States of America practiced genocide against the people who were here first, the first holocaust in Western history. 3 credits and you might fucking learn something! Now THAT'S oppression!
|by Anonymous||reply 11||06/11/2013|
[quote]just because the government of the United States of America practiced genocide against the people who were here first, the first holocaust in Western history.
Really? Really? Where did you study this version of "Western history"?
|by Anonymous||reply 12||06/11/2013|
Oh brother OP what about all the other requirements one needs to graduate are those oppressive too?
|by Anonymous||reply 13||06/11/2013|
I call MUD.
|by Anonymous||reply 14||06/11/2013|
How DARE those educators require courses as they see fit!!! Do they not KNOW they are beholden to OP's standards?!
|by Anonymous||reply 15||06/11/2013|
[quote]They lumped all the et[h]nicities together including gays.
So "gays" are now an ethnicity?
|by Anonymous||reply 16||06/11/2013|
Don't be so literal r16.
|by Anonymous||reply 17||06/12/2013|
[quote]Don't be so literal [R16].
Well, "ethnicity" usually means ethnicity.
Although I have to admit, with the misspelling of "lumped all the etnicities together" I pictured a pile of Etnies shoes.
|by Anonymous||reply 20||06/12/2013|
I took a course in African American studies. The teacher was black and seemed to be angry all the time at white people. He claimed black people invented everything in the world and white people stole their ideas.
|by Anonymous||reply 21||06/12/2013|
[quote]If universities were free, I would be okay with them.
You clearly never took a course in basic economics, huh?
|by Anonymous||reply 22||06/12/2013|
Just let the troll (and his minions) die already!
|by Anonymous||reply 23||06/12/2013|
[quote]I think US universities need to drop mandatory general education. It is just a waste of time and money.
There should be some mandatory subjects, but some should be tailored toward the degree being sought. I have never used anything that was taught in Chemistry 101. I had no interest in pursuing anything in the science area but it was a required subject. Biology 101 was the same thing we were taught in 10th grade. It was a waste of time and money.
I think I would have enjoyed a course in cultural studies.
|by Anonymous||reply 24||06/12/2013|
Jesus, OP is a stupid moron and racist to boot. It's exactly why universities need both diversity and general education requirements.
|by Anonymous||reply 26||06/12/2013|
The problem here is people do not want to accept the fact that not all cultures are created equal. Some cultures are filled with losers. Look at the history of the world. Especially the Middle Ages into the Age of Enlightenment. Some cultures exceed and some never develop past the basics.
|by Anonymous||reply 28||06/14/2013|
Back when I was in University, we had to take a history before 1500 and a history after 1550. I filled the requirement with an art history course and a course on the history of prostitution. Yeh, the prostie hist. was fun but really these courses are just a way for university to pad their credit requirements. My partner has a degree in music. The school had a ton of required courses that were designed in such a way that it was impossible to test out of them.
|by Anonymous||reply 29||06/14/2013|
[quote]Not only did I start many threads but mine were among the better informed when it came to certain topics of interest here (and I was for a time a popular authenticated name).
That's called "trolling." F&F for you.
|by Anonymous||reply 30||06/14/2013|
These courses no longer serve a purpose because we live in a culture that is a 24/7 diversity course. Black History Month, Chicano Pride, etc., etc.
I went to high school in the late 90s and American History courses brushed over the Revolution, Constitution and other foundational subjects in favor of 3 weeks on Native Americans and another 2 on Martin Luther King, Jr. Important topics, no doubt, but things have gotten out of balance in the opposite direction - kids learn nothing BUT diversity.
|by Anonymous||reply 31||06/14/2013|
I loved those sorts of classes when I was in school. I took a History of San Fransisco class that was utterly fascinated, as well as Psychology of Asia class that was equally fascinated. I haven't been to either but feel like I know both geographical regions better than most who have.
|by Anonymous||reply 32||06/14/2013|
This is the most copetitive and nastiest job market in decades, and jobs are scarce. College also costs a bloody fortune these days. If I were paying out the ass to send my kid to college, I would want him/her totally immersed in a marketable major, such as finance, economics, business etc. so he/she would be as hirable and knowledgedable as possible to potential employers, instead of wasting precious time and (my) money on complete bullshit like "the history of Columbian basket-weaving" and "the indigenous peoples of upper-buttfuck." None of that bullshit is transferable to a professional career. College kids' time would be much better spent taking classes that actually prepare them for the real world.
|by Anonymous||reply 33||06/14/2013|
[quote]If I were paying out the ass to send my kid to college, I would want him/her totally immersed in a marketable major, such as finance, economics, business etc. so he/she would be as hirable and knowledgedable as possible to potential employers
It sounds as if your own parents should have insisted on more college English courses.
|by Anonymous||reply 34||06/15/2013|
I agree with r33 considering that the number of employees, not profs, has skyrocketed over 10,000% at college over the last decade.
|by Anonymous||reply 36||06/16/2013|