The Contemporary American University Is Getting Worse

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Students walk past Princeton University's Nassau Hall in Princeton, NJ. (Dominick Reuter/Reuters)
Students walk past Princeton University’s Nassau Hall in Princeton, NJ. (Dominick Reuter/Reuters)

According to the Princeton Alumni Weekly, last month faculty members approved curriculum changes in the departments of politics, religion, and classics in a push to create a more inclusive and vibrant program, another effort inspired by the discussions “around race that occurred last summer,” according to faculty.

Classics majors at Princeton University will no longer be required to learn Greek or Latin. The “classics” track of the department was eliminated, which required an intermediate level of proficiency in either Greek or Latin to enter the concentration. The director of undergraduate studies and professor of classics, Josh Billings, said the changes will offer students more opportunities to study classics. Although Mr. Billings also said these changes were being considered before last summer’s events, his own department issued a statement saying that the “history of our own department bears…

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