My Favorite Classes at Oxy
Blogger: Madi Tsuji
Something that Oxy graduates tell me over and over is that Oxy provides a great, comprehensive education. And it’s true! I’ve really enjoyed the education I’ve had here so far. I have really enjoyed the psychology classes I’ve taken, but I’ve taken a lot of classes outside my major that I’ve liked too. This week I want to highlight some of the best classes I’ve taken here at Oxy, in no particular order.
16th Century Italian Renaissance with Professor Eric Frank (ARTH378)
This class was the class that made me realize how much I love art history. Professor Frank is a great lecturer – he is funny, has an incredible vocabulary, and really knows what he’s talking about. The Italian Renaissance is his specialty! I wish I could take this class over and over again. By the time you take the final, you are so prepared to talk about any Renaissance artist. Of course, Michelangelo, Leonardo, and Raphael are covered, but you also become familiar with their 15th century predecessors and the Mannerist movement that comes right after the High Renaissance. I can’t recommend this class enough.
Psychology of Gender with Dr. Nancy Dess (PSYC350)
Don’t let the 300-level class fool you, this probably should be a 400-level. This class has been by far the toughest class I’ve had at Oxy, and I’m pretty sure my GPA will suffer for it, but it’s been worth it. It’s a progressive, analytic class that critically examines gender through the lens of psychology. Areas covered include power, evolution, feminism, Freud, and relationships. Dr. Dess is a great lecturer—she’s funny, engaging, and always available during office hours. I’m convinced she knows everything there is to know about anything…
Nutrition and Disease with Dr. Eric Sternlicht (CSP)
I don’t know if the CSP is still offered, but try and take a class with Dr. Sternlicht in the Kinesiology department if you can. The content of the class completely blew my mind, to put it one way. It was all about the effects of nutrition on our bodies and our health. It completely scared me into vegetarianism. You learn a lot about the health effects of dairy, red meat, vegetables, and saturated and trans fats. Taking a class with him will really open your eyes to what you’re eating and how it’s killing you—if you don’t take a class with him, do yourself a favor and read The China Study by T. Colin Campbell or watch the documentary Forks Over Knives.
Los Angeles Politics with Professor Regina Freer (POLS207)
Let me be honest, politics is not my thing (in the slightest). It all seems a little dramatic and frustrating to me. However, taking Los Angeles Politics was really cool and not at all how I thought it would be. It’s so important to be a good citizen, and the best way to do that is to be informed and aware. Los Angeles Politics taught me a lot about the history of Los Angeles, how it was settled and came to be a great city, and I learned a lot about the politics of city governments and how coalitions form (Professor Freer’s area of expertise). As somebody who wants to live in Los Angeles, I’m really glad I took this class!
These are just four of the many classes I’ve taken here, and there are others not listed that I’ve really liked too. A liberal arts education is a great opportunity to take classes in domains that you might not necessarily know much about and to explore all sorts of things—don’t miss out on the chance to discover you really like a subject!