Students: Curriculum Power

The militant demand for "student power" now being heard on U.S. college campuses sounds like a defiant challenge of academic authority. Yet at least one aspect of the undergraduate rebellion—student demands for new and more relevant course offerings—is generally embraced and welcomed by faculty and administrators. Not only do students now sit on many curriculum committees, but their interests are being reflected in countless new courses that carry regular academic credit.

Many of those courses deal with current social problems, often combine field experience with scholarly theory. Among 15 student-initiated areas...

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