How to Pick Classes
Blogger: Allen Chen
Hi, future first-years! Here’s a little guide for how to pick classes for your first semester at Oxy.
In my first semester, I took CSP 24: Visual Storytelling and Narrative Film, Education 101, Philosophy 101, and Sociology 101. While they weren’t all my first picks, I’m extremely happy with what I learned in each class.
Backtracking a little, coming into my first semester at Oxy, I thought I had a clear vision of what I wanted to study: Media Arts & Culture (MAC), Cognitive Science, and Education. I had it all planned out, take a cool CSP, a MAC course, a CogSci course, and an Education course. Well, if anyone reading is a hardcore planner, like myself, you’ll probably know that paradoxically, people who plan are always led on a different path.
And so, when registration came along, all MAC classes and cognitive science courses were full. How typical. My plans never work out. But it’s OK, because planners also plan for curveballs. I was already signed up for CSP 24: Visual Storytelling and Narrative Film, so I told myself, “Okay this is your MAC class.” Then I thought, “OK, philosophy is a huge part of cognitive science, Philosophy 101 is open, Professor Sabo teaches in the cognitive science department, there’s your cognitive science equivalent.” Education was open, so that was easy, and I signed up for Sociology 101 for my last course.
Turns out I don’t love MAC as much as I thought I did; Philosophy was interesting, but I don’t want to study that academic area extensively; Education was interesting and I may take some more courses in the department; and Sociology with Littlejohn was ridiculously fulfilling and is now my prospective major! In summary:
1. Come into Oxy with some subjects you want to study. Check out course counts for the actual course listings at Oxy.
2. Try to get an intro class (101 or other 100-level courses) in the subject you’re interested in.
3. If you can’t get the class you want, find comparable alternatives through deconstruction or by finding a class taught by a professor in that subject.
4. Have an open mind!