Famous Classes at Dartmouth
In your time at Dartmouth, you'll take a lot of classes. Some you'll need for our distributive requirements. Others you'll need for your major or minor. And still others you might need for graduate or professional school. However, with 35 classes to complete, there is still a large amount of leeway for you to explore and take extra courses to your heart's content! So, what classes should you take with this golden opportunity?
I've listed some of the most popular courses below, and some I just personally like, all of which are just a small sampling of all the classes offered. While not a definitive list of the best or most popular classes on-campus, I hope that they show what a great range of amazing classes are offered at Dartmouth and get you excited about the next four years of your liberal arts journey.
ENGS 12: Design Thinking
A class meant for both engineering majors and non-majors alike, Design Thinking teaches principles of human-centered design and product development. I've heard a lot of good things about this class and would highly recommend it to anyone wanting to broaden their horizons and create tangible things during class.
COSC 25.01, 25.02: Intro to UI/UX Design I, II
This is a two-term class offered only to first- and second-years at Dartmouth. Much like ENGS 12, the courses allow for students with no previous experience to learn how to create platforms and have a final product instead of only learning theory. Check out this Youtube video for more!
MUS 46: Video Games and the Meaning of Life
A cult classic by this point, MUS 46 is a fully comprehensive class that looks at how various aspects of video games demonstrate what people believe about life and our place in it. The Dartmouth recently did a fantastic profile on the class and I've also personally heard amazing things about not only the content of the course but also the professor.
THEA 30: Acting I
Though some may believe that everyone taking this class would be theater majors, this class is so popular that students have to talk with the professors before getting approved to register! Many people also find a great group of friends in THEA 30 because of all the partner and group work. Though I haven't taken this class, I really hope to do so before I graduate.
PBPL 5: Introduction to Public Policy
This class is a mandatory part of the minor in Public Policy and the First-Year Fellows internship program through the Rockefeller Center, meaning that a lot of freshmen take the class their freshman winter. I took PBPL 5 with Professor Wheelan and absolutely loved the class! You'll learn about what public policy is, what our current situation is like, how to conduct your own research and write your own memos, and present a final project to the class, complete with emotional ad campaigns and a fancy memo.
COSC 1, 10: Introduction to Programming and Computation, Problem-Solving via Object-Oriented Programming
A lot of people have worries about taking computer science in college, but I still highly recommend everyone to take a couple classes just to try it out. The emotional, academic, and professional pay-off is so amazing after working through all the problem sets and creating something that you thought only other people could do.
So there you have it! These are some classes that I've heard great things about, or would highly recommend myself. Other departments that, in general, have great courses for non-majors to take are sociology, economics, and government, particularly because each of these disciplines may have classes that pertain more directly to your interests while applying their own lens to it, such as the sociology of health disparities in the United States. Should you want to venture into languages, professors in Latin and Chinese have particularly great reputations (and teach languages that many people haven't learned before). The Dartmouth Office of the Registrar has the whole list of classes with course descriptions should you want to read more, and many departmental websites also have syllabi online.
With all that said and done, what are some of your dream courses?