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Should Colloquium be a required course at FGCU?

Julia Bonavita
FGCU requires all students, regardless of major, to take a class focused on sustainability.

By Ariana Leblanc Bessette
Contributing Writer
Florida Gulf Coast University has a graduation requirement of taking a colloquium class that “introduces students to the complexities of developing the sustainable societal patterns each will face as they launch their careers,” according to the University’s website. 
Any student is eligible to register for the course as long as they are at least a sophomore. However, many students chose to take it in their third or fourth year.
The class is writing intensive rather than consisting of the traditional exams and quizzes. Students may also receive service-learning hours to add onto the 80-hour graduation requirement. However, should taking the class be a requirement for all students?
“I believe colloquium helps everyone understand the impact they have on the environment,” sophomore biology major Hanna Vanderhei said. Vanderhei is currently enrolled in the colloquium class. “It is quite eye-opening to see what privileges we have compared to others around the world. With the everyday use of these privileges, such as our vehicles and plumbing, we shorten the lifespan of the Earth without realizing it, which this class teaches you about.”
Personally, I think the class is great. However, I do not think it should be required. Taking a class that does not necessarily have to do with your major costs extra money and time that could be used towards classes that would be beneficial to your major. As a student who does not receive financial aid, paying out of pocket becomes expensive, especially adding on other living costs. For my in-state tuition, a three-credit hour class will cost me $611.82. I would rather save the money and use it towards a class that has more to do with my business major.
From an educational perspective, the course can open your eyes to many new topics and subjects that you may not have realized beforehand, so keeping the course as an elective might be a better option. 
“Colloquialism is important because it connects unaware individuals to an essential part of life, the Earth,” environmental studies major Alissa Humber said. “That being said, the colloquium course should be enforced. However, I think it should be provided at a lower tuition cost than our normal course work because it does not relate to a lot of student’s majors.”

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    Rachel BrownMar 5, 2020 at 12:38 am

    I believe in universal education for all so naturally free colloquium is how I think it should be. I agree something needs to be different about colloquium. the wet walk should not be mandatory, and I think it’s inhumane to make someone physically engage in something they don’t want to do. It absolutely needs to be test based. You have people coming out of there still thinking we can rely on “free market approaches to ending climate change in 10 years. The curriculum needs to be updated to focus on stats and numbers about climate change and policy surrounding it rather than just being given the generic, shit’s bad. recycle kids rhetoric. According to the IPCC we need a plan to mobilize our people within the next 10 years to the scale of World War 2. That plan is the Green New Deal and the candidate supporting it is Bernie Sanders. lets not give plastic out like candy in our dining halls, stop accepting corporate pack money from fossil fuel and animal ag execs, and lets publicly support the Green New Deal.
    If you’d like to take part in the forming of the FGCU Green New Deal contact me at [email protected].