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May 11, 2011

Vol. 111, No. 12

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Wilson School to end selectivity for major

By W. Raymond Ollwerther '71
Published in the May 11, 2011, issue


Faculty at the Woodrow Wilson School voted April 19 to restructure the undergraduate program, including an end to selective admission and opening the major to all students who meet prerequisite requirements.

The faculty expressed “widespread support” for the admission change — effective for the Class of 2015 — on the basis that students admitted to Princeton “should not be subsequently barred from the experience of studying public and international affairs,” the school said in a statement. This outweighed a concern expressed by some alumni and students that the major’s prestige might be harmed.  

Other changes: the introduction of prerequisite courses, an expansion of the core curriculum, a requirement that students choose courses from one of several multidisciplinary “clusters,” and the end of the WWS ­certificate program.  

In addition, one of the policy task forces required during junior year will be replaced by a policy-research seminar, in which a faculty member will supervise a group of students who research a specific topic in public and international affairs.

The faculty committee that developed the plan determined that “it is time for significant change,” said Dean Christina Paxson.
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