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Course Description: In 1985, after a decade of expansion and prosperity for the university, a Tufts faculty committee recommended a number of changes to the degree requirements. Above all, the committee emphasized that the goal of a Tufts education was to cultivate a “certain type of human being.” What was that? And has the vision of this ideal student changed? In this course, we’ll tackle these and other important questions in U.S. higher education, including: What enables and restricts college access and opportunity? How have colleges been projects of nation building? How has neoliberalism impacted the college experience? Discussion topics include admissions policies, affirmative action, meritocracy, intercollegiate athletics, and undocumented students. Members of the Tufts community will visit as guest speakers. Throughout, we’ll pay special attention to the distinctive and not-so-distinctive place of Tufts in higher education. We’ll engage with cool historical materials from the Tufts Digital Collections and Archives, as well as Sol Gittleman’s exemplary history of the university, to chronicle histories including former Tufts President Jean Mayer’s determination to turn a sleepy university into a top-flight institution, the work of groups such as Students Concerned About Racism (SCAR) to fight campus oppression during the Civil Rights era, and the captivating role that Jackson College and its women have played in the university’s history.

Basic Enrollment Requirements: Unofficial Transcript – High School Degree, Bachelor’s Degree, or progress towards a Bachelor’s Degree – 3.0 GPA; Registration for this course will open on 9/1/2019, please click the 'notify me' button above and we will let you know when it opens.

Instructor Approval: Not required

Remission Eligible: Yes; first day of term; all university policies apply

Refund Policy: For-Credit 3+ Weeks

Affiliated With:

School of Arts & Sciences