Since the start of the spring semester, the University has reported three large clusters of COVID-19 cases and adjudicated at least 117 student conduct cases relating to COVID-19 violations. Listen to freshman Kamala Madireddi discuss the state of COVID on campus with News Editor Orli Sheffey and Senior News Editor junior Ted Moskal.
Clusters, the core of the College of Arts & Sciences’ Discovery Curriculum introduced in 2001, have been replaced for students in the class of 2016 and beyond. They have been replaced with “Integrations,” and the Discovery Curriculum will be succeeded by the new “Integrated InQuiry” (IQ) system, developed collaboratively over a four-year period.
I have no problem with the cluster system in theory. It ensures that our curriculum is at least somewhat balanced without forcing students into specific “core” classes that half are bound to hate. It supports depth through related courses and encourages students to explore intellectual areas outside of their comfort zones. It sounds great, and it is great—for some.
The Washington University administration is set to review the Arts & Sciences curriculum, which has remained unchanged nine years after its inception in 1999. The administration will focus on the cluster system, which all Arts & Sciences students are required to complete in order to graduate. Clusters are pre-designed groupings of classes in each of […]
Whether this upcoming spring will be your first at Wash. U. or you are a seasoned veteran, it’s coming time to pick what new areas of knowledge to dive into. While you are never really stuck in a course besides clusters and some major-specific core requirements, it is worthwhile to do a little research now […]
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