An Historical Sketch of Harvard University, from Its Foundation to May, 1890
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1890 edition. Excerpt: ...In spite of the opposition of the Faculty, the Overseers and Corporation adopted the jecoinweudations, but these were carried out very imperfectly. In 1824 all studies were required, i-irrrpt Uint Juniom mifht "choose n substitute for thirty-eight lesons in Hebrew, and the Seniors had a choice between Chemistry and Fluxion." FreiicUAnJ_Sj)anish bxuujestras, attendance on them was voluntary. By the revised Statutes, in 1820, '"a student could attend in modern languages after the first third of the Freshman yenrin place of certain ii, ecified courses in Greek, Latin, topography, Hebrew, and natural science, and a Senior might aUo substitute natural philosophy for a part of intellectual philosophy." Tn practice, the one department in which the Elective System was fairly tried was in tho French and Spanish Languages nnd Literature, then under the charge of Professor George Ticknor. Tho force of tenehers was too small to ennble the College tn offer many elective courses, even had the prevailing sentiment been iu favor of so doing; but in the department of Modern Languages there were five instructors--quite enough for the demands made upon tbtm. Above all, Professor Ticknor was an earnest a'lvocate of the reform, and bent his energy to show its superiority over the traditional methods. In 1833 he reported: "The system of volunteer study was begun in this department in 182f, with thirteen student. The number of students embracing it has constantly increased every year; and now exceeds the number of regular students. The teachers are particularly giatilied with the proficiency of their volunteer students." The number of volunteer students in modern languages in 1S33 was 103 out of 210 who took these courses. In his report for...
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