Sunday, August 12, 2007

Your College Electives: If You Had To Do It All Over Again

For those of us who went to college, I'm sure we all took electives that interested us at the time. However, as we age, we sometimes look back and say "I took THAT?!"

So, if you could go back and take your electives over again, what would you take? For this exercise, name the college you went to (a link to the Bulliten or list of courses would be helpful), how long ago you graduated and what electives you would take now if you had it all to do over again. Please try to keep the number of electives you would take similar to the number that you actually took.

In short, how have your academic interests changed since you graduated?

So, for me... I went to Brooklyn College. I graduated in 1993.

Electives I took in college:

Classics 15 -- Greek & Roman Mythology
English 11.1 -- Introduction to Creative Writing
English 15.1 -- Writing Fiction I
English 15.2 -- Writing Fiction II
English 16.1 -- Writing Poetry I
English 18.11 -- News Writing
English 18.12 -- Editing
English 18.13 -- Feature Writing
Phys Ed 17.2 -- Archery
Phys Ed 23 -- First Aid & Safety
Phys Ed 44.1 -- Emergency Care
Phys Ed 44.2 -- Emergency Care Practium (these two are to become a licensed NYS EMT)
Phys Ed 45 -- Leadership in Emergency Care
Psych 2 -- Introduction to Psychology

If I had to do it all over again (courses actually taken in italics):

Classics 15 -- Greek & Roman Mythology
English 11.1 -- Introduction to Creative Writing
English 15.1 -- Writing Fiction I
English 15.2 -- Writing Fiction II
Phys Ed 23 -- First Aid & Safety
Phys Ed 44.1 -- Emergency Care
Phys Ed 44.2 -- Emergency Care Practium (these two are to become a licensed NYS EMT)
Anthro & Archaeology 2.2: Introduction to Archaeology
Anthro & Archaeology 7.5: Archaeology in Biblical Lands
Econ 10.1 -- Elementary Macroeconomics
History 50 -- Ancient Jewish History
Judaic Stud 24 -- Dead Sea Scrolls
Physics 0.11 -- Introduction to Astronomy
Sociology 5 -- Introduction to Sociology

I tag XGH, Orthodox Nerd, Jacob Da Jew, Neandershort, SerAndEz, Steg and Psychotoddler

The Wolf

10 comments:

Mo'ah Kemo Efro'ah said...

i started BC in 93 and i also took news writing. i also took some latin and classics classes (i think 15 was one of them). psych 2 i took as a post-bac.

phys ed with harold? did you volunteer with bc ems?

Ezzie said...

Heh. For an accounting degree? None - no time! :) In truth, I graduated with about 150 credits despite not taking any electives.

Plus, I just graduated...!

Anonymous said...

You're such an apikorus wannabe.

Steg (dos iz nit der šteg) said...

i had to look up my college records recently, so i think i have an old transcript here somewhere... this is a good meme, i'll try and get to it soon.

Steg (dos iz nit der šteg) said...

okay, mission accomplished

Kay said...

I graduated BC 4 years after you and because I got a year's worth of elective credits from Israel, I didn't get to take too many electives, which I have since regretted. I also changed my major after taking 3 or 4 courses in it, which also ate into elective credits. I did take Newswriting, Fencing, Intro to Archaeology, and some courses that people advised me would "look good on my resume" but turned out to be a big waste of time.

I wish I had taken some fiction courses, French, Archery, and maybe an acting class.

PsychoToddler said...

If I had to do it all over again I would have skipped college and gone to Kollel.

Jacob Da Jew said...

Thanks for tagging me! I just got back from vacation, I'll do it in a few.

Anonymous said...

I graduated BC in 88 and still wonder how a college in a city like NYC, where so much revolves around the financial markets, doesn't make students take a single course where they could learn about the subject.

Jacob Da Jew said...

Done!


http://jacobdajew.blogspot.com/2007/08/bitten-by-wolf.html