All the university students should be required totake history courses no matter what fields theystudy.
What course should be taken by theundergraduates has always been a perpetual topic inour times. Therefore, when it comes to the issue whether it is necessary for all college studentsto learn history, people’s notions vary from one to another. However, as far as I amconcerned, requiring all university students to take history course is a wise option for thefollowing reasons.
Learning history courses can enlarge our social circle. It is because taking history classcan equip us with numerous historical anecdotes. Furthermore, when encountering strangers,we can find various topics concerning history which are shared by two sides. For example, lastyear during my trip to a province in North China, I made acquiantance with Tom, an engineer.When we sat together on the plane, we talked about the reason underlying the success ofTang Dynasty which intrigued both of us. After this talk, we both agreed on the view that itwas the diplomatic policy implemented by Tang Dynasty that contributed most to itsprosperity. Since then, we became good friends and even now we still write to each other.
Furthermore, undergraduats are able to learn lessons from previous mistakes in history ,thus avoidding the reoccurence of same errors in the future. Confiucius, one of the greatestChinese thinkers and educators, once remarked, "past experience, if not forgotten, is a guidefor the future". This proverb aptly illustrates the above viewpoint. For instance, in the 1970s,China initiated the Cultural Revolution which turned out to be a disaster. During that period,national economy went through a downturn, and people's living condition was miserable.Through reviewing history, China government has found out the causes of such a nightmareand took a series of remedies such as the implimentation of the Reform and Opening-up Policy.Now China has made eye-catching achievements. As the future host of our country, collegestudents have to be aware of the significance of learning about history.
Admittedly, requiring all college students to learn history may exert certain negativeeffects. For instance, in order to set up history courses, the university has to employprofessors and supplement the library with educational resources of history. For another,extra classes may increase the finacial and academic burden on the shoulder of students.However, compared with the benefits accompanying taking history classes, the abovedisadvantages can be neglected. As for the financial pressure on students, colleges can providemore sholarship for these students who take history. Therefore, I am still convinced that allundergraduates should learn history in that its advantages far outweigh its disadvantages.