Recently a California University stopped requiring all students to take Ethnic Studies courses in order to graduate with ANY degree and social movement advocates are outraged. I can see both sides.
The ethnic studies departments in many universities is huge and when students were forced to take those classes that department and all the staff it employees thrived. If students are allowed to substitute other classes many will focus on classes that are more in line with their career goals, like math, engineering, and science classes, making the Ethnic Studies Department smaller and forcing layoffs. Advocates also say that the only way to get many students to understand how important Ethnic issues are so that they will help heal the world, is by imparting these ideas to them when they are that young.
On the other hand students who are perusing majors and careers that have nothing to do with ethnic issues will have the opportunity to use that time and money to increase their knowledge in ways that will make them better at their chosen careers. Opponents point out the fact that no one will be stopping students from taking those classes, and their are lots of students, especially minority students who select Ethnic Studies majors. All that will change is that people with no interest will not be required to take those classes.