The effect of college curriculum on students career

I have been pondering on this topic from a very long time.Why does a student have to take courses in Managerial Economics, Chemistry, Physics and so on if he is enrolled for a computer science or an electronics program? What is the use of them in future? Seriously, Chemistry for computer science guy?Instead why can’t we focus on more intricate topics involved in the computer science or any other respective chosen fields? Here are my thoughts on this. And how do they impact on a student in his life.

A college curriculum should be designed around the career a student will pursue upon graduation.Today’s college curriculum requires that an ComputerScience major complete courses in Physics,VLSI,Mechanics and Chemistry (and even several units worth of a foreign language). If a Engineering student focus is, say, Machine learning or Artificial Intelligence, his/her knowledge of wormholes or the terminologies of electronics courses is going to have very little bearing on his/her career. Sadly, this student will often be forced to spend an extra year, if no longer, struggling to complete these courses.

Meanwhile, that student’s goal of writing a dissertation on Machine learning and becoming an expert in the field becomes ever more distant.In the end, it is not unheard for a student to graduate and take some job unrelated to computer science, just to cover the costs of an extra year of tuition. Of course, we could substitute in almost any other major and the story is the same: an aspiring concert pianist who must deal with the rigors of statistics, the scientist who must forgo working in a research lab because of some pesky requirement on electronics. Ultimately, forcing students to take classes outside of their intended careers can not only be costly and time-consuming but can also cause them to lose focus and inspiration.But there are some students who are undecided when they enter college and should be able to explore different fields of study.

Colleges today have become a ritual in which students, forced to “do their time” are required to take courses outside of their area of expertise. The cost of this system is not only wasted years for students in lecture halls but also less time working in their respective fields of study.By depriving society of a motivated work force, even if for one year, colleges may be doing society more harm than good.

College has long been seen as the gateway to a successful career, and by extension, a successful life.While nobly and lofty, this view has little bearing on reality – today colleges have become black-holes that suck students into a never-ending cycle of classes that bear little, if any relevance upon their future careers. Unsurprisingly, a culture of apathy, and not one of inspiring learning, has resulted.Therefore, a college curriculum should be designed around the career a student will pursue upon graduation.

6 comments

  1. Actually, colleges that are research-oriented were never there to make you hireable. The focus on academia more than hireable traits.

    I used to go to a research-based university. The curriculum there didn’t give students the skills to actually work in their field, so I left to attend a polytechnic university instead.

    1. But they seriously need to consider helping students by providing good curriculums as students are paying huge amounts of money believing that the colleges would show them a good path to their success in career.

      1. Most colleges operate as business now. Any “prestige” university is most likely a research-based one. It’s not their goal to make students hireable. Universities is a place for further learning, not career training.

        If you want hands-on career training, go to a trades college or polytechnic university. They cost less (unless its a private school) and have smaller class sizes too

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