A Peek into a Sophomore's Fall Classes
As a sophomore looking back, my first year at Dartmouth was surely a time of exploration. I took four different intro classes, dove into the social sciences, and learned a ton about both those departments as well as my own individual interests. As an Economics and Environmental Studies double major, I am taking classes in these two departments this term and couldn't be happier! Let's dive into my schedule:
- No. 1
ECON 39: International Trade
ECON 39: International Trade is all about the fascinating, complex ways nations trade with one another and why they engage in such behavior. We have observed the differences between autarky and free trade prices on various graphs, proved the gains of trade mathematically from comparative advantage, and dissected Walras’s Law. Today, Professor Staiger used a real-life example of Japan’s historical self-imposed 200 years of autarky (a period of no trade) to learn about the differences between Hicksian and Slutsky compensation measures. The Economics department at Dartmouth is outstanding and Professor Staiger is extremely knowledgeable about International Economics. As a sophomore thinking about the International track for the Economics major, this course has been a fantastic immersion into the world of global trade!
- No. 2
ENVS 17: Marine Policy
ENVS 17: Marine Policy has been a blast. Each week brings a new topic—so far we’ve been learning about coastal development, deep sea mining, and pollution, with concepts like artisanal fisheries, aquaculture, and climate change yet to come! I love the liberal arts because it allows me to explore classes I am truly passionate about. My classmates and I all love the ocean and joined ENVS 17 to learn more about marine life and human impact on the seven seas. A few of the many broader concepts we’ve covered so far include problem narratives, power disconnects, temporal myopia, and ecosystem services that help us understand how to think like policymakers. We apply our knowledge each week to our specific, place-based Friday community essays and have been using an online software called Perusall to annotate electronically with our peers and build upon one another’s ideas for our readings. Professor Webster is a powerhouse in her field and has been sharing her research of harmful algal blooms in the Chesapeake Bay with us. I’m excited for what’s to come!
- No. 3
ENVS 3: Environment and Society
ENVS 3: Environment & Society is an awesome introductory course in the Environmental Studies department, pulling upon topics from economics, human geography, government, biology and more. It is designed as a broad-based class, but that doesn’t mean we don’t get specific. Professor Erbaugh and Professor Howarth have done an excellent job of giving us case studies and detailed descriptions of topics like the London smog helping place pollution control on the 1950s policy agenda, Indonesian community-based forest management, the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments, and the stark differences between Hobbes and Locke’s philosophies. We have our first midterm coming up later this week so I’ve been studying with friends and reviewing lecture slides from class. I feel already much more well-versed in environmental studies than I did before joining this class.