Course recommendations for Fall 2014

Whether you’re looking for another class to fill a distribution requirement or are just scrambling to replace a class already filled up by upperclassmen, we at Student Life have some suggestions for course registration. Pick these great classes and you can’t go wrong:

Zach Kram, Editor-in-Chief: Abnormal Psychology

Professor Ryan Bogdan is one of the best lecturers I’ve had at Washington University and keeps his class lively and exciting. His enthusiasm for the course material—unlike the mental disorders he reviews—is contagious, making Abnormal Psych a great option for students interested in psychology or the brain.

Derek Shyr, Associate Editor: Introduction to Archaeology

Have you ever wondered what human lifeways were like 3 million years ago? Introduction to Archaeology will not only show you how the past is reconstructed and presented but also fulfill one of your social science requirements. While it’s only offered by University College this fall, the workload is relatively light and the exams are straightforward.

John Schmidt, Managing Editor: Creative Nonfiction: Personal Essay and Memoir

Considering a career as the next David Sedaris or Joan Didion? Kathleen Finneran’s class expands on the skills developed in introductory creative nonfiction and helps you hone your essay-writing prowess. Kathleen makes class engaging and offers thoughtful critique both in and out of class.

Emily Sybrant, Managing Editor: Rapid Prototype Development and Creative Programming

If you’ve made it through CSE 131 and don’t feel like your coding skills are applicable to anything yet, this class will validate you. You’ll be spending a lot of time in the computer lab, but it’s totally worth it to learn how to develop for the web.

Scott Haber, Senior Forum Editor: Classical to Renaissance Literature

While 9 a.m. three days a week might be a bit rough for some (it was for me), Jami Ake’s course is in my top three I’ve taken at Wash. U., and I never missed it. Ake provides an absolutely fascinating take on early works of literature like the “Iliad” and the “Aeneid,” all the way through to Shakespeare. I’d recommend it to just about anyone.

Sarah Hands, Copy Chief: Fiction Writing 1

Professor Matthew Smith’s Fiction Writing 1 class was definitely one of my favorites. Besides a few short writing exercises and short story discussions, each student turns in two eight- to 10-page short stories during the course. It’s really refreshing to write about whatever you want however you want, especially in the face of the strict essay guidelines of other classes.

Laura Harvey, Senior Scene Editor: Developmental Psychology

Developmental Psychology was just a class I took for my major because people told me it generally got good reviews, but it ended up opening my eyes to how childhood affects every single aspect of adult functioning. It’s obviously a great class to take if you’re a psych major, but I would recommend it to anyone who wants to be an effective parent one day.

Katharine Jaruzelski, Senior Cadenza Editor: Advertising 1

Frank Oros’ Advertising 1 course allows you to channel your inner Don Draper through fun, hands-on group projects. Frank gives his students tons of creative freedom and will happily chat about his years of experience in the industry.

Nick Kauzlarich, Senior Sports Editor—Freedom, Citizenship, and the Making of American Culture

Taught by Nathaniel Green, this is a small course that really focuses on the changing definitions of freedom and citizenship that occurred between the Revolutionary War and the Civil Rights movement. This class involves weekly discussions and fulfills the language and cultural diversity requirement.

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