Curating a Strong Fall Term
Now that I have a better understanding of what I plan to major and minor in while at Dartmouth, I worked on tailoring my sophomore fall term courses to fulfill my academic requirements and interests. The date for declaring our majors is quickly approaching and can be intimidating. Thankfully, the fall term has been reassuring me that majoring in Economics on a Public Econ track and minoring in Environmental Science is a good plan for me.
- No. 1
ECON 28: Public Finance and Public Policy
WHY? After taking ECON 1 my freshman spring and thinking I wanted to major in economics, I decided to take another course that focused more on my concentration rather than taking another prerequisite for the major. My interests lie in public economics and this class has made me certain that the track and major are a proper suit for me.
FAVORITE THING: I enjoy our class discussions the most because I get to learn from my classmates and why our opinions differ from each other. Hearing about their concerns helps me understand and consider issues I would have never thought about while advocating for a policy.
- No. 2
PHIL 1.03: Philosophy and Economics
WHY? At Dartmouth, there are “distributive and world requirements” we have to complete and one of them is taking a course that is considered to be TMV (Systems and Traditions of Thought, Meaning, and Value). Philosophy classes tend to be categorized as TMVs. Therefore, I decided to take a class that intersects with economics and see if I could make connections with both of my courses.
FAVORITE THING: I enjoy talking to other classmates about the various theories we read about in class. It’s cool to see what arguments they consider to be plausible and understand how philosophers have shaped the way our government functions in the United States. Moreover, talking to other classmates helps me understand the material more since everything is very new to me, and it is difficult for me to always be questioning philosophers’ validity.
- No. 3
ENVS 3: Environment and Society
WHY? After deciding I wanted to minor in Environmental Science, I started creating a layout of classes I had to take and ENVS 3 was one of the requirements. I decided to take this class earlier since it is only offered once a year and wasn’t sure whether I would have space during my fall term.
FAVORITE THING: The class is structured as a lecture with more than 100 students. Therefore, group discussions are more difficult compared to other classes. However, the readings and material of the class are always very interesting and informative because environmental problems are tackled through several lenses of social science disciplines. I like how there are two professors with similar and differing teaching styles which keeps the class entertaining.