Introducing my Freshman Winter Classes
As I prepare to enter my second term at Dartmouth, let me introduce the classes I elected to take for the winter. I'm very stoked for winter term not only because this will be the first time I experience a proper New England winter, but this is also a chance to explore and engage in new topics beyond the restrictions I set for myself during my first term. P.S - click here to read my friend Garrett's blog post about the course election process and what his 2023 winter classes will look like.
ECON 1 The Price System: Dartmouth's most popular major is economics. Thus, with ECON 1 being a prerequisite for the major, it is a highly popular course that most students take as an introduction to economics and what it entails. I originally was not planning on taking any economics course my first year; however, as I read about how economics proposes a unique way in examining and understanding social problems through a variety of factors that can be seen through microeconomics or macroeconomics, I decided to elect it as one of my three courses for the winter - I mean, why not? (Fun fact: Economics is considered STEM at Dartmouth!)
SOCY 2 Social Problems: I've always found sociology to be an interesting study as I'm passionate in specifically understanding the idea of inequalities and how they affect societal interactions beyond the scopes of interpersonal interactions and conflicts. "Social Problems" is an intro course into the sociology department and examines underlying causes of broad issues such as political corruption, racism, crime, and social inequality. I'm very excited to take this course as it gives me an idea on if I would like to take more sociology courses in the future, and if this is a major I would like to formally declare my sophomore year.
WRIT 5 Expository Writing (Interaction Ritual: the Novel and Sociology): First-years are required to take a writing and seminar course; these are small classes limited to 16 students per section in order to allow for individualized attention. During the summer, we are given a writing placement that would serve as a recommendation for which type of writing class we should take for our writing requirement. Specifically for the WRIT 5 placement, students are randomly scheduled to take this course either their fall or winter term, and then take a seminar class the following term. The first-year seminar is an extension to the writing course as it stresses the importance of written expression, research, and discussion. I am scheduled to take WRIT 5 in the winter and I (thankfully) got my first choice writing course: "Interaction Ritual: the Novel and Sociology." Some examples of other WRIT 5 classes include "Einstein's Universe," "Constitutional Rights," "Gender and the Holocaust," and "Food For Thought," and examples of seminar classes include "Life on Mars?," "Reading Jane Austen," "Women and Comedy in Film," and "Who is the Terrorist?" Overall, the writing department does a great job in offering a myriad of courses in WRIT 5 and seminars across most disciplines, which I think is a great way in engaging students in the topic of writing and discussion.
Stay tuned for an update during my winter term on how my classes are going!