Autumn Quarter

Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Registration for the autumn quarter opens on Monday, and I'm trying to decide what to take. Since I took a class this quarter that I have no interest in, but is required for my degree program, this time I get to pick a class I want to take.

I've checked availability, and here are the ones that sound interesting: Cross-Cultural Communication; Values Around the World; Nations, Cultures and Peoples; International Public Policy; and Quantitative Reasoning.

There's a bunch more that I want to take, but that's what's on the menu for this quarter.

I'm open to suggestions!

16 comments:

mom in northern said...

How about all of them?

Would you be willing to share?

Cindi in CO said...

Nations, Cultures and Peoples.

Janiece Murphy said...

I can only afford one class a quarter, unfortunately...

Random Michelle K said...

Values Around the World sounds fascinating to me.

kimby said...

Values Around the World gets my vote as well.

kisintin said...

What is the major, or degree that you are moving towards? Sometimes it's better to take something that helps you achieve the result you are looking for.

Jeri said...

I can tell you the class I vetoed for my son. He's a drama queen with a tendency toward the bipolar - and I vetoed abnormal psych. He'd be self-diagnosing and hypochondriosing, if that's a word, all over the place. ;) (his major is music ed - but psych fulfills his general ed reqs)

I vote for the nations & cultures class, too.

Janiece Murphy said...

kisintin,, my major is technically Global Studies, but I've changed it once already. I may end up with a double major - Global Studies and Public Policy and Social Services.

But any of these fits into my program, as I have a number of elective credits to fill, as well.

John the Scientist said...

Check out the profs. That has a lot to do with the quality of the class.

Based on personal experience, Cross-Cultural Communication will likely be a waste of time - too general to be of any use. Values Around the World might be interesting, but if the prof hasn't actually traveled the world, is likely to be filled with more misinformation that useful material. Nations, Cultures and Peoples might be interesting, but the caveat about having a prof who's actually lived abroad (not just a sabbatical here or there) is essential.

International Public Policy sounds pretty interesting. However, my vote is for Quantitative Reasoning - I'm a quant jock - if you can't put a number to it, it's religion.

:p

Janiece Murphy said...

John, one of the profs is my good prof from the winter quarter - the one who taught Law, Politics and Policy. I've sent him a note to see if he's ever lived abroad.

Good suggestion - thanks.

Tania said...

Holy Crud - It doesn't happen that often, but I'm agreeing with John the Scientist! ;)

Cross-Cultural Communication - You've been in the Navy stationed around the world. You work with people from a variety of backgrounds. You could probably TEACH this class

Values Around the World: Interesting concept, see comment above.

Nations, Cultures and Peoples: See comments above.

International Public Policy: I'm a wannabe wonk, this could be fascinating if you have the right instructor and a good group of students.

Quantitative Reasoning: It's always good to refine the tools in your arsenal for fighting against stupidity and ignorance.

Tania said...

Heck, I lost my last line while fighting the captcha.

Anyway, I'm voting for the last two, as should be obvious from my comments.

The Mechanicky Gal said...

What! No basket weaving? What a boring school. Change your major to useless fun immediately. Don' tthey have a paint-by-numbers or creative cooking or something like that?
OK, I realize that I am not on the caliber with youse guys, but really....

Janiece Murphy said...

Amy, this is useless fun.

I'm a systems engineer. Learning about "International Public Policy" doesn't exactly make me more marketable.

God, I'm such a wannabe wonk. Tania, we can be wonky together!

vince said...

My vote is Quantitative Reasoning. Plus it would probably make for some good blog fodder.

if you can't put a number to it, it's religion.

Or a social "science."

Ilya said...

Nations, Cultures and People sounds like a bit more expansive way of saying Values Around the World, no?

I agree with John's and Tania's assessments, and my main vote would be for Quant Reasoning, with Nations etc coming second.