| Started in 1636, Harvard University (哈佛大学) is the oldest of all the colleges and universities in|
the United States. Yale Princeton, Columbia and Dartmouth were opened soon after Harvard.
In the early years, these schools were nearly the same. Only young men went to college. All the
students studied the same subjects, and everyone learned Latin and Greek. Little was known about
science. And few people know that one kind of school could teach everything that was known about
the world. When the students graduated, most of them became ministers or teachers.
In 1782, Harvard started a medical school for young men who wanted to become doctors. Later,
lawyers could study in Harvard's law school. In 1825, besides（除……之外）Latin and Greek, Harvard
began to teach modern languages, such as French and German. Soon it began to teach American history.
As knowledge increased, Harvard and other colleges began to teach many new subjects. Students
were allowed to choose the subjects that interested them.
Today, there are many different kinds of colleges and universities. Most of them are made up of
smaller schools that deal with special fields of learning. There's so much to learn that one kind of school
can't offer all.
1. Is Harvard the oldest university in the US?
2. Who went to college in the early years?
3. How many languages did Harvard teach in 1825?
4. Why did Harvard and other colleges begin to teach many new subjects?
5. Why are most of colleges and universities made up of smaller schools today?