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Korean Journal of General Education 2018;12(5):103-126.
Published online October 30, 2018.
A Comparative Study on the Revisions of General Education Programs at Harvard and Princeton Universities - Focusing on the Distribution Requirements
Sik-Han Bae
하버드대와 프린스턴대의 일반교육 프로그램 개편 비교
The two pillars that support the liberal arts education of the university are the skill education that develops competence such as writing and critical thinking, and the general education which enables us to acquire a wide range of knowledge and various inquiry methods in various fields. The more important of these is the general education, given the goal of liberal arts education, which is to foster a free and active spirit of inquiry. Many universities in Korea and abroad have adopted the distribution requirements for the success of general education. However, is the distribution system working effectively in our universities? In order for this system to successfully achieve the purpose of general education, it is important to divide the distribution areas appropriately according to the changed knowledge terrain, but it is even more important to supply the general education courses sufficiently and stably in accordance with the nature of each distributed area. The task of this article is to find a feasible way to meet this latter condition. As candidates for that way, I compared the Harvard method with the Princeton method. I looked closely at how the different methods of the two universities have played positive and negative roles in the operations and modifications of their general education programs. Furthermore, I have drawn up some of the things we need to check in advance when trying to follow the models of the two universities.
Key Words: distribution requirements, general education, liberal education, Harvard, Princeton


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