By Tahja Norman
CCC Journalism Program

BLACKWOOD – Camden County College students face the challenge of taking required courses that are outside of their majors. Opinions about the requirements vary.

Emanuel Greene studies art at Camden County College. By Tahja Norman, CCC Journalism Program

“Classes that are not pertaining to my major are a waste of time in my opinion,” said CCC art major Emanuel Greene of Pennsauken. “Classes, for example, math and reading, I feel as if I won’t use it in the long-term for my career. Some of the classes as well do not pertain to my major. I believe that those courses are suited for those who are in science or technology-based majors.”

Alyssa Pracz, a blogger on northernstar.info, stated, “When I took classes such as these my freshman year, I initially thought college was a joke. It wasn’t until I got more into the classes required for my major that I began to take college seriously and feel as if I was actually learning and gaining valuable skills. Additionally, many of these classes are rather useless since they probably have absolutely nothing to do with one’s major. One example is the dreaded MATH 101. As a journalism major, I am never going to need to know the Pythagorean Theorem or the quadratic formula in order to write or edit a column effectively.”

However, CCC student adviser Kerry Barbuto said the requirements serve a purpose. “If it’s required in your major, unfortunately they have to be taken here. However, if you had started at the four-year it’s a requirement too. You may have more choices at the four-year but they want you to be well rounded and not just be taking your major requirements plus for us at CCC, they are required and part of the Middle States accreditation.

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