Pre-reg starts this Monday, and if you’re anything like me, you wouldn’t touch that shit with a ten-foot pole. For many Wesleyan students, myself not among them, course registration is a time of thoughtful reflection on academic challenges past and eager preparation for those still to come, none of which I will be performing ever again. As another spring semester draws to its bittersweet close, many of you have begun to think about the mark you want to leave on this university, setting goals I never achieved and making plans to earn a degree that will almost definitely not get me a job. There’s no telling what the future holds, but one thing’s for certain, and that’s my presence anywhere other than this campus.
The registrar recently announced the redesign of a course selection system I can say with utmost certainty I will never use again. It features a new planning page with separate categories for POI requests, courses ranked for scheduling, courses you’re somehow already registered in, and all the classes you would take if you had the guts to pursue your art instead of playing it safe with that Econ major. Students can rank courses in a single column rather than the utterly perplexing two-column setup which, let’s be honest, none of us knew how to use. POI courses no longer need to be ranked, a development that should come as a surprise to all the faculty advisors who never knew they did.
Spring 2015 PreRegistration 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.
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—take that from a guy who was in “Exotic Latin Corporealities” (LAST 213, Spring 2013).
Disclaimer: As with everytime we do this sort of post, the classes are heavily weighted in the Humanties and Social Sciences categories, because, as hard as you try, you won’t get far on laughs with “Molecular Biophysics Journal Club II.” If you see anything that is noteworthy that I didn’t include here, put it in the comments!
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 2014-2015 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, or be a last minute addition by the QAC.
But do have fun browsing. A sampling of next semester’s classes, as well as next year’s CHUM themes, follow the jump.
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.)