Don’t get up. Not even the pic WesMaps sent in is excited for this announcement.
Wesleyan officially released its course catalog for the 2o13-2014 school year on WesMaps this weekend. But trust me: it’s not really worth reading through.
I mean, sure, look at it for a second, if you want. It’s got all the courses that the school will offer for the next two semesters. I guess it would come in handy if you’re trying to work out your schedule. But other than that, WesMaps isn’t anything to write home about.
For one thing, WesMaps lists Christina Marie Othon as teaching four sections of General Physics I at the same time, M.W.F. 11:00AM–11:50AM. Really, Christina? Four classes at once? Good luck with that. (I give her a week.)
As if that weren’t embarrassing enough for WesMaps, you know when Priscilla Meyer’s Pushkin class is scheduled to meet? “TBA.” Well, I don’t know if that’s an actual time in Russia, but where I’m from, TBA stands for “to be announced.” Even worse? The class’s location: “TBA.” Thanks for your help, WesMaps. I’ll just assume this course occurs all across the space–time continuum. (Maybe Christina can help me figure this one out. If she’s not too busy teaching every class ever simultaneously.)
WesMaps really put the icing on the cake this year by once again, as always, listing the “courses not offered” in each department’s catalog. I mean, can you think of a more open-ended and vague category? Here’s an alternative that would be just as helpful: WesMaps should include, in every “courses not offered” section, an enumeration of all the courses that the human brain could possibly conceive, regardless of department — i.e., “Holy Mackerel!: Christianity and Pescetarianism” (RELI, HIST, CCIV, AMST); “LOLin’ in Olin: Ivory Tower Social Media” (SOC, PSYC, AMST); “History of Rock, R&B, TNT, DMT, the DNC, Run DMC, and the Final Project Can Have as Much or as Little to Do with this Course as You Like” (MUSC, GOV, BIOL and, of course, AMST); etc. (Thinking of these plausible course names was much more fun and stimulating than reading WesMaps.)
So, yeah. That’s pretty much it. WesMaps? More like WesNaps. Yawn. Maybe the university should consider scrapping courses altogether in the fall. It’s not like I’m going to be here to take them.