Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? All university students should be required to take history courses no matter what their field of study is.

Controversy erupts over the issue of whether all university students should take history courses no matter what. Most of the older generation believed that past knowledge acts a vital role in the country and even the civilization, it is beneficial for students to learn about the process of evolution. Thus, they could absorb brilliant ideas and discover the pattern from the past. However, in my opinion, I do not consider it necessary for all undergraduate or graduate students to continue to acquire knowledge from the past. First of all, basically all the students had already taken the history courses during high school, so the repeated content is a waste of time for students. As they got a high school diploma, they grasp the knowledge and understanding of it. After they become undergraduate students in transition, they have the right to choose the subject that they want to make throughout the inquiry. In general, the mandatory and required course is not fair to all students. Some students who take history as a major because they are obsessed with it, then they are willing to research this knowledge further. After that, they will take advantage of the required courses. In the controversy, the students who are disinclined to the subject would suffer from that required course. If the college required the students who took entirely irrelevant majors to learn history compulsorily, such as the students whose major is business or computer science. It would lead to a decrease in the excitement and delight of studying during the school period. They may study history painfully and even fail which may hurt their academic performance or graduation. Furthermore, as a younger generation, they should become innovative and creative rather than be trapped in the past. The youths come up with brand new ideas, for instance, web3.0, meta-verse, Artificial Intelligence, and so on. If the college required the courses for the students that they dislike, they may contradict the rules and refuse to study. Worse still, the university is putting restrictions on young people's creativity to develop and invent new technology. That would lead to the whole society becoming stagnant and not moving forward. In conclusion, based on criteria related to the point of view of students while universities have posed required courses on young people mandatorily, it is reasonable to infer that the university should not require all the students to study history, though my reasons may be a tip of the iceberg. My recommendation is that the younger generation could work harder on new technology to improve the human civilization better, rather than learning repeated and outdated things from the past!
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