To the Editor

Apr 112004

Recently, the Collegian ran an article in which the university

administration said that the budget cuts were not likely to cut any

classes or be detrimental to the students. I would like to firmly

discredit those administration officials. When I first attended

CSU, one of the main attractions that the university advertised was

a low student-teacher ratio and small class sizes. If we cut some

of the classes and just make existing classes larger to handle the

extra students, this attraction will be gone. While we hope that

people don’t choose a university based upon class sizes, one of the

previously advertised perks of the university will be


In addition to this, the administrator said that no classes were

likely to be cut completely. My department, history, has had to cut

an essential upper-division course from its curriculum because of a

lack of funds. This class, HY301, was a course that taught history

majors how to be historians and properly work with sources. The

need for this knowledge outside of the university cannot be

overstated. Also, I have found the knowledge from the course

invaluable in all of my upper-division courses. If the

administration is claiming that no necessary classes will be cut,

but it can eliminate a class that is a cornerstone to a major, what

is next? Perhaps capstones or All University Core Curriculum

required classes will be next.

Brian Thomas

History & Asian Studies

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