Do you know what Dick's major in college was before he dropped out?
Dick was majoring in business. He was in college for a good 100+ issues (Detective Comics #390 - #495, basically the entire 70′s) before he randomly stopped attending around New Teen Titans #1 in 1980.
Throughout the time he’s in college, it’s mostly emphasized that he works for the school paper. As a detective, you can see why Dick would have an interest in journalism.
(Detective Comics #390)
(Detective Comics #493)
Right before Dick stops attending college, we find out he’s actually failing his business classes.
(Detective Comics #495)
Dick is great at business, but he always skips class to be Robin. Dick is given an opportunity to pass, but…
He can’t focus. Dick is too preoccupied with his life as Robin to busy himself with college classes. He ends up losing that opportunity to make up his grade and flunks/drops out. This was vaguely ‘retconned’ in the 1987 Secret Origins #13 in how it was approached.
I think this is an inaccurate depiction of Bruce during Dick’s college years. Bruce never “forced” Dick to go to college. [It was Dick’s choice.] The late 80′s are largely responsible for darkening Bruce, but the entire time Dick was at college, Bruce gave Dick his independence and didn’t seem overbearing at all.