Foundations

Right now, many of us are struggling to find classes to add and drop.  Wesleyan doesn’t have any actual required courses, so what makes a good foundation?

N. Gregory Mankiw makes some suggestions in Sunday’s New York Times:

  • Economics: “When students leave school, ‘the ordinary business of life’ will be their most pressing concern.”
  • Statistics: “One thing the modern computer age has given everyone is data. Lots and lots of data.”
  • Finance: “With the rise of 401(k) plans and the looming problems with Social Security, Americans are increasingly in charge of their own financial future.”
  • Psychology: “It reveals flaws in human rationality, including your own.”

Perhaps the best advice he gives, though, is about advice: “listen to it, consider it, reflect on it but ultimately follow [your] own instincts and passions.”

[NYT]

12 thoughts on “Foundations

  1. Becky

    Becky says: Play nice boys. You’ll both be back soon.

    And this post looks like it has been stolen from the Brown blog.

  2. Becky

    Becky says: Play nice boys. You’ll both be back soon.

    And this post looks like it has been stolen from the Brown blog.

  3. Peter

    Mankiw is usually a horribly head-up-his-own-ass kinda guy, but he’s on to something here, especially with statistics. Take quantitative courses, it’ll pay off in the long run

  4. Peter

    Mankiw is usually a horribly head-up-his-own-ass kinda guy, but he’s on to something here, especially with statistics. Take quantitative courses, it’ll pay off in the long run

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