The revised four-year curriculum at Hanyang University(HYU) is scheduled to start from March 2016. The new curriculum will be applied to the incoming freshmen in the first semester of 2016. Students who return to freshman year from military service or who leave of absence are also under this system.
The biggest change that was made is the reduced number of credits involved. Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors will be able to apply for up to 18 credits, and seniors up to 15 credits per semester. Moreover, HELP courses and Community Service are available regardless of the restriction.
Also, 20 percent of the courses are going to be deleted. Courses that are going to be removed are those that have not been regularly opened to students. This change was devised to shift the overall curriculum from quantity to quality, according to HYU.
To deal with the flood of applying students, popular courses will be expanded. There will be several classes created for each course, creating more flexible capacity. Jung June-koo, the Section Chief of Academic Affairs, said, “This change is expected to bring out positive outcomes whereby students can easily attend courses that they think are necessary.”
In terms of extra credits, students cannot carry credits forward and cannot earn three extra credits if they achieve over a 4.0 Grade Point Average. However, alternatives to allow students to apply for extra credits are being discussed. One of those alternatives is to allow students to have more than one major, and to register for over 18 credits.