It's my last semester here, which means I get to take a lot of fun classes. Here's my shopping list - cheers and jeers welcome:
Spanish Bab. Intensive Spanish. 7 hours a week, counts as two courses. This way I'll be able to speak four of the most widely spoken languages on earth: English, French, Spanish and Mandarin.
Music 180. Chamber music performance. Monday nights, 7-10pm - if I get in, I'll take the class I've been too scared to audition for since freshman fall, and sing Faure art songs for Robert Levin.
L&A C-40. The Chinese Literati. This sounds seriously cool:
"Examines from literary, philosophical, and historical perspectives the creation in later imperial China of an enduring national culture, which flourished through dynastic change and foreign conquest. Particular attention is given to the role of the literati and their work as poets, essayists, novelists, painters, moral philosophers, and political thinkers. Themes include the relation of culture to political authority, the search for grounds for individual responsibility, the literary and artistic representation of the self, growing ambivalence toward political service, and the rise of individualism. Introduces Chinese approaches to interpreting literary, artistic, and philosophical works."
East Asian Studies 130. The Tang A definite possibility, especially if I do apply for a masters in Chinese Literature or Politics somewhere like SOAS. Depends on the professor though.
Linguistics 110. Intro to Linguistics. I'll probably take this one pass/fail since it looks interesting but a bit more work than I'm willing to put into an elective, especially in a semester with so many interesting classes.
Gov 1300. The Politics of Congress Could be heavy going, but I'll shop it and pick up the syllabus. It's always worth learning more about how the government works from a theoretical standpoint.
Gov 1350. Political Parties and Interest Groups. This looks very cool, although I can't figure out why it only meets once a week for two hours. That looks suspiciously like there's a whole lot of reading assigned. Definitely one to shop.
Alternatively, a little booklet was put into my doorbox tonight that may solve my shopping problems. Entitled "FAS Courses of Instruction emergency addendum", it includes such courses that I think you'll recognize as very much related to my past blogging interests:
Science A-75. Time, Space, the Universe, Maths, and Our God, Jesus Christ
Rev. Evan J. Lushing
M., 1:30-5:30 EXAM GROUP: 8,9
A brief overview of various sciences and maths, taught with the understanding that God is the creator of all things.
General Education 6. Teamwork and Excitement
Corporal Jonathan Murdstrom
M., Tu., W., Th., F., Sa., Su. EXAM GROUP: 8,9
How would you like to fly in a real plane? Do you enjoy working with others in a cooperative and efficient manner? How are your reflexes? Average? Over the course of this ten semester course, you will get the chance to take a variety of field trips to exotic locations like Mosul, Iraq and South Mosul, Iraq. No courses may be taken in conjunction with General Studies 6.
Prerequisites: Age 16 or higher. Actually, 15. We will take 15-year-olds.
Linguistics 85. Crazy Talk
And my personal favourite:
Economics 00. Economics for Women
M., W. at 3 EXAM GROUP: 8,9
Awww, that's adorable. You want to take e-co-no-mics? This course involves no previous knowledge of economics, mathematics, or words. It will be taught entirely in pictures and/or Barbies.
You gotta hand it to the Lampoon. They may have been around forever and write incomprehensible screeds called "Jester, Ibis, Blot" and have parties where startling amounts of illicit substances are consumed, but when they bother they are hilarious.