We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Calling them something different. My school still has them, and the trouble with them is that since departmental budgets are allocated by (class-size * teaching hours), each department wants to offer these courses that are open to all undergraduate students and can be taught in massive lecture halls. They then want to make them attractive to the students, so that the students pick their offering rather than the competing ones from different departments. So we end up with courses that are far from being an overview of what an educated person should know about the world. That said, in my polling of students I find that we don't appear to have any "rocks for jocks" science options. Even the astronomy physical-science option, which is popular because of a charismatic professor, is academically rigorous.
I did postgraduate work in the UK, where high-school age students pick a small number of subjects for their A-levels, and university instruction is entirely within the department of their major or courses from other departments (such as statistics) that are deemed essential to their own field of study. So while I agree with the traditional American idea of abroad-base of knowledge across disciplines, I can see that other cultures manage to do the opposite without (yet) collapsing.