Guest Columnist

It’s almost that time of year again. Time to schedule classes. We all know what that means, chronic headaches and putting our time management skills to the test. Planning classes for your major is the easy part, but what about the general education requirements?

In my opinion, diversity classes are the hardest to schedule. This is because the selection of classes is small in quantity, making options for students extremely limited. This is especially true for students who are not interested in taking a foreign language class.

Last summer when I was selecting classes for the upcoming semester, I had a difficult time with scheduling. I am a junior and I need to fulfill the general education requirement of two diversity classes. I do not wish to take a foreign language class, because I have already endured two years of Spanish classes in high school. I decided to explore some other options. I soon discovered that there were hardly any other options, and the classes that I was interested in were not available for the semester. The lack of classes made scheduling a pain, and I still have yet to fulfill the diversity requirement.

Diversity is composed of more than just languages, as it includes cultural differences such as religion, art and even politics. All of these concepts make up diversity. Due to the subject being more complex than the permitted classes suggest, Eastern has not reached its full potential regarding diversity. I believe that if Eastern wants to reach its full potential, more classes need to be offered for the diversity credit.

In my experience with foreign languages, I did not learn much about the culture or the history of the language I was studying. I was only taught the fundamentals of the language. If I am required to take two diversity courses, I want to learn about the different aspects of another country’s culture, not just the language that they speak. 

Eastern calls for students to be accepting of cultural differences between other students.  If additional and more in-depth classes were available for the diversity credit, students would be presented with the opportunity to truly learn about a culture that is different from their own. As a result, students would be more understanding of the different people they interact with daily, and would have an open mind when speaking with people.

Instead of forcing students to choose between different foreign languages, Eastern should provide more courses that would count as credit and allow students to learn about a different culture of their choosing.