Starting with the class of 2020, Barnard students will no longer only have nine ways of knowing things!
It's a confusing system that we're going to break down for you now.
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Before: We had to take First-Year English and First-Year Seminar. First-Year English involved reading a substantial amount of texts, completing short essays, and writing 1-2 research papers. First-Year Seminar was more discussion-based, with fewer writing and reading assignments than FYE.
Now: You'll take First-Year Writing, a revised course with fewer texts and more demanding writing assignments. First-Year Seminar will remain the same.
You in First-Year Writing next year.
This requirement has stayed the same. You take one PE class and are encouraged to do so in your first year.
Before: We had to take four long semesters of language. So many grammar charts, so little time.
Now: Your language requirement is cut from four semesters to two courses.
Before: We had to take two lectures and two labs within the same field of science.
Now: You'll take two lectures, which can be in different science departments, and one accompanying lab.
Here's where it gets a little complicated...
No longer will there be vaguely named requirements like "Ethics and Values," in which students apparently learned the ethics of sleeping through lectures, or "Social Analysis II," in which students presumably learned (a second time) how to socialize (they failed the first time).
When completing these MoT requirements, you need to make sure you take two science courses, two arts or humanities courses, and two social science courses. This 2-2-2 rule is called Distribution Requirements.
Before: We got sweet, sweet exemptions from the Nine Ways with AP credits. Goodbye forever, math.
Now: APs will no longer fill your requirement, but you still can receive credit for them!
Even though there's no more AP exemptions, Foundations won't be too overwhelming. Unlike the Nine Ways, where courses can only count for one way of knowing, you will be able to "double-dip" and count Modes for a major requirement or a Distributional Requirement.
Before: We only had a quantitative requirement, which didn't necessarily have to be filled by a technology-based course or even a math course.
Now: You have a quantitative and technological requirement. There's now a larger emphasis on STEM and coding. While Physics for Poets isn't going anywhere soon, Barnard is looking to create a stronger Computer Science presence and emphasize women in STEM.
You in coding class next year.
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