See correction at the bottom!!
The Florida State University Faculty Senate has passed a new rule regarding literature and music courses in the university’s signature e-series liberal arts program that will require each of these courses to include a mathematical component accounting for 35% of the course grade.
Faculty in the College of Music and Department of English immediately reacted with anger. One English professor accused the science faculty of “trying to impose a science instructional model on the humanities”. A long-time member of the music faculty argued that “experts in music education – not physicists – should be regulating music education.”
One science professor who preferred to remain anonymous argued that the new requirement was justified because the e-series liberal studies courses “should be focused on transferable skills.” The faculty member went on to explain that “studies have shown that students taking English and music courses do not improve their quantitative skills” and that this shortcoming should be addressed.
Correction: The rule passed by FSU’s Faculty Senate actually requires a 35% writing component in e-series math and science courses. We apologize for any alarm this mistake might have caused. By the way, the university is having trouble getting math and science faculty to offer e-series courses. Go figure.