Last week, School of Journalism and Mass Communication officials announced that JOMC 50, "Electronic Information Sources," would no longer be a requirement for journalism majors to graduate.
The reasons for this decision are sound. But the timing of it absolutely could not have been worse.
If officials had any inkling before or during the summer that they might remove the course from the list of curriculum requirements, they should have worked to come to a conclusion sooner - at least a month sooner, when students had much more of an opportunity to tweak their schedules.
Now, students who registered for JOMC 50 because it was a requirement, and not because they necessarily were interested in the course, are stuck between a rock and a hard place.
If they believe that they don't need the course and wish to drop it, they can do so. But it's basically too late for them to choose a new class as a replacement.