Fall ’07 schedule — the first draft

(this is not actually an image of me)

MCOM 201: Newswriting

FREN 120: Elementary French II

HUM 324: The Modern World: Mid 17th-20th Century

MCOM 490: Mass Communication, Law and Ethics

MCOM 104: Media Ethics & Society

MUSC 111: Chorus (University Singers)

MCOM stands for Mass Communication, my new (ulp) major. Did you know that there is not a math requirement within this major? Holy shit. Who ever heard of a major with no math requirements ? Is that legal?

All MCOM classes are 3 credit hours. Not four. None of them have lab sections. This brings to mind the time that I asked a history-major friend if she had ever taken a class with a lab section in it, and she said no. (NO? What do you mean, no lab? What did you do all day, pick flowers?) This freaks me out a little, as I come from a world of lab sections, math requirements and classes that are four credit hours and take 9,000,000,000,000,000 hours of homework per week (not an exaggeration). There really is a world without math and science…

I won’t actually sign up for classes until I speak with my new advisor and get a permission number that will allow me to register online. But as you can see, I am considering taking 16 credit hours, four more than I have ever taken in a semester before. We’ll see how things develop — and heaven knows I have the whole summer to decide exactly what classes I want to take, and how many credit hours I think I can handle.

I can’t say that I am salivating over this selection. In my new MCOM world, I had hoped to take the Intro to Screenwriting, Copy Editing, Opinion Writing, Editorial Writing, Public Relations and Magazine Writing, NONE of which worked out this semester for one reason or another. Ah well — these classes I’m taking still might end up being fun, as classes unexpectedly do sometimes.

Back to building up that client base…

3 responses to “Fall ’07 schedule — the first draft

  1. I began my looong college career as an aeronautical engineering student, but one semester quickly taught me I wasn’t cut out for 100% math and science. So I switched majors (several times) and eventually wound up with a degree in history. And I noticed right away that (on average) liberal arts classes are less hardcore, less demanding, more forgiving. I’m sure it’s partly because the disciplines of math and science tend to build upon a foundation more so than many lib. arts disciplines. For example, I didn’t need to remember a single thing from my “History of Russia” class to succeed in my “History of the Vietnam War” class…but you had better remember your Calc II to succeed in Calc III.

  2. Excellent points all. There’s really no comparison between a degree in math and science and, say, one in history — or mass communication. I think the math and science disciplines require certain unusual abilities that the humanities, etc., don’t require. Mathematicians and scientists really are special people who contribute to the species in a vital and fascinating way.

    (That said, so are artists and writers.)

    My sadness in being unable to pursue math and science in the way that I would like is assuaged by the VERY REAL pleasure of exercising my strongest talents, in college, at last. I feel like I’ve been riding a donkey to school every day and was only just allowed to trade it in for a new Dodge Neon or something.

    (Goodbye donkey. I loved you.)

  3. No, you don’t have to say goodbye to the donkey – put him in a sanctuary somewhere, where you can go visit once in a while :-)

    But the hours/credits thing? Back when I was a biology student, I had 20+ taught hours per week, plus 20 hours lab time, plus reading up, essays, lab reports etc. My English-Lit housemate had 3 taught hours per week. THREE. All in the afternoons.
    I was somewhat less than amused!

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