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WesMaps 2017-2018 Is Live (Kind Of) (For the Most Part)

I thought I was going to get work done tonight, but the pre-reg deities had other plans. Welcome to WesMaps 2017-2018, your new form of future-building, stress-inducing procrastination.

Truth be told, we don’t usually post about fall WesMaps until spring pre-reg, but since the new WesMaps link is already spreading like wildfire on social media, we thought we’d make an exception. Most of the courses aren’t even up yet, so we’ll hold off on our “best of” list, but here are some initial observations:

Unofficial Orientation Series 2016: Drop/Add Tips and Tricks

This is an updated repost of Merry‘s 2014 post.

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This is part of our 2016 Unofficial Orientation Series. A quick reminder that you can check out the welcome post here and past years’ series here.

Disclaimer: While the tips introduced in this post can be applied universally, you should remember that your odds of getting into a class depend primarily not on your effort, but on the professor’s policies and how popular the class is. It’s pretty much impossible to convince a professor of an extremely popular class who simply won’t go over the limit to accept you into their class, even if you do everything right. But, trying can’t hurt, right?

Today’s installment of the Unofficial Orientation Series is mainly about the devil that is known as Drop/Add. If you don’t know what that is, the folks at the registrar’s office have provided this overview. During this period, students are able to add or drop pretty much any class to their schedule, regardless of the limits posed by pre-reg, such as class year distribution. I also highly recommend you check out this FAQ, also kindly prepared by the registrar’s office, as a way to get the basics down before proceeding. This post will not be doing much explaining of Drop/Add itself. It will, however, try to warn you, frosh, about the reality of this brutal race and offer some insights (read: randomly gathered knowledge that may have been the results of embarrassing behaviors of the author herself).

Best of WesMaps: Fall 2016 Edition

best of wesmapsIt’s that time of year again — the time when we all realize we are still students, floating along in some sort of academic miasma, once again subject to the horrors of preregistration. Thankfully, wilk and I have compiled our favorite course listings for next fall in case you still have some slots open in your list, like the following:

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WesWIS Presents: WesCourses!

weswis coursesSophie Breitbart ’16 writes in:

Totally confused about what science courses to take? Stressed about planning your future? Like eating free food?

Come to WesCourses! We’ll discuss classes offered next semester over an informal lunch. You’ll get some great advice from science majors about courses, professors, and how to plan your college career. We anticipate all majors will be represented.

Upperclassmen are welcome to attend and give advice as well! All genders are welcome.

Please RSVP to msnow(at)wesleyan(dot)edu so we can feed you delicious treats!

Date: Friday, April 8
Time: 12-1 PM
Place: 41 Wyllys, room 114
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Making Effective Campaign Posters

campaign posters?For you aspiring politicians or something:

Mariah Reisner ’04, MALS ‘07, Graphic Designer and Director of Samari Studios, will lead a workshop to help students create effective campaigns and event signage. Come with a sign or event poster that you’ve designed to learn how to make it eye-catching, interesting, and more effective. Open to all students (and interested faculty/staff), regardless of experience.

Date: Friday, April 1
Time: 12-1 PM
Place: 41 Wyllys, room 114
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WesMaps 2016-2017 Has Arrived


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this is an updated repost of AbSynth’s post from two years ago. 

For the countless number of you who have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of next year’s course catalog – your wait is over. Wesleyan’s course catalog for the 2016-2017 academic year has been made public via the website which you all love, or love to hate, WesMaps.

Though, like every year, it might be hard to actually plan your schedule at this point, especially if you are hoping to take any of the many classes whose time-slots are simply listed as TBA. Additionally, even for those classes that have been scheduled, there still exists a possibility for change. But there are also classes which will certainly be added later, some of which might be taught by visiting professors. More importantly, there really is a class called Hipsters that is being taught this year by Professor Kehaulani Kauanui (AMST 240)!!!!! Eat your heart out and have fun browsing.

Winter On Wyllys


From Amanda Roosa ’16:

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to come back to Wesleyan a week early over winter break and jumpstart your job/internship search or focus on your personal career development––without the stress of classes and activities getting in the way.

The Career Center is offering the following classes from January 11th to 15th:

BuzzFeed Quiz: Which Is the Real Wesleyan Course?


In case our semi-annual coverage of the best classes on WesMaps wasn’t enough for you, Johnny LaZebnik ’16 is bringing us something extra entertaining. He created a BuzzFeed quiz called “Which Is the Real Wesleyan Course?” and unsurprisingly, it’s more difficult than you may think.

For example, is the real title of RELI 239:

  • Modern Shamanism: The Influence of Spells and Lineage in America
  • Modern Shamanism: Ecstasy and Ancestors in the New Age
  • Modern Shamanism: Mushrooms and Deities in a Post-Colonialism Setting

Told you, it’s hard AF. Find out the answer and take the rest of the quiz here.

Best of WesMaps: Spring 2016 Edition


This is an update of Gabe’s Best of Wesmaps: Spring 2015 edition, because it was so damn good. 

Spring 2016 Pre-registration is open, meaning it’s 2+ weeks of fretting—mostly for frosh, but it’s no treat for everyone else, either. WesMaps takes in your feelings, your worries, your hopes, your dreams, your prerequisites, and it spits them out into a nonsensical schedule as if to say, I am a roulette of chance and class hierarchy, and you shall bow to my authority.

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So to help everyone out in their quest, I’ve been going around looking for the weirdest/most liberal arts/funniest course names and descriptions on WesMaps. Just remember, just because it sounds stupid doesn’t mean it’s not the most awesome and fascinating class you might ever take.

Community Research Seminar Application and Info Sessions

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From Rebecca Jacobsen ’16:

Interested in making a difference in the Middletown community through a Wesleyan course? Apply for Wesleyan’s Community Research Seminar! Held in the spring semester and open to all juniors and seniors of ALL MAJORS.

In this 1.5 credit sociology class, small teams of students will carry out research projects submitted by local community groups and agencies. These may involve social science, natural science, or arts and humanities themes. Working with the community groups themselves, the teams will design and implement research projects throughout Middlesex County. Last year’s projects included determining the levels of food insecurity among Middletown children compared to children in nearby towns, and working with the North End Action Team (NEAT) to understand what improvements residents of the North End have seen in response to NEAT’s efforts as well as what issues continue to remain that need to be addressed.