November 11, 2013
This week, I thought I'd provide an example of what an Amherst student's course schedule might look like. So, here are the classes that I've taken. I've included the title, a blurb on what it's about, and the department. If you'd like to explore all the classes you can take at Amherst, I'd recommend checking out the course scheduler. It shows you what's been offered when, along with a course description and the professor.
I wrote about the open curriculum last week, and you can definitely see its effect in the classes I've taken. I'm planning on double majoring and I'll finish Sophomore year about halfway through the requirements for both of my majors. But at the same time, I've been able to explore tons of different departments. You can also see specialization happen; I start by taking mostly introductory courses, to finding what I've really loved, and then delving in. If you have any questions about any of these classes (or others!) don't hesitate to reach out. As always, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Hopefully this gives you a little more insight into some of the intellectual possibilities here.
Fall 2012 - Freshman Year
Introduction to the Japanese Language: As the name suggests, an introductory Japanese language class. Japanese
Genocide: My first year seminar, and interdisciplinary course that looks at genocide from political, historical, and psychological viewpoints. First Year Seminar
Introductory Chemistry: An intro level chem class with both lecture, discussion, and lab components. Chemistry
Science Fiction, Narrative, and Identity: An analytic exploration of Science Fiction films and novels in the context of religion and philosophy. Religion
Spring 2013 - Freshman Year
Introduction to Computer Science I: The first of two introductory CompSci courses, taught in java. Computer Science
Beyond Basic Japanese: A continuation of introductory Japanese language. Japanese
An Introduction to Economics: A basic Economics course that covers the essentials of both Microeconomics and Macroeconomics. Economics
Painting II: An advanced level painting course with a focus on independent projects and painting from life. Art and the History of Art
Fall 2013 - Sophomore Year
Microeconomics: A core class that goes in depth to different Micro theories with real world applications. Economics
Introduction to Computer Science II: The second of two introductory CompSci courses, taught in java and python. Computer Science
Communicating in Sophisticated Japanese: The first class in second-year language. Japanese
Introduction to Psychology: Basic level Psych course, lecture-style with aspects of participating in and conducting research. Psychology
Spring 2014 - Sophomore Year
Note: These are the classes that I've pre-registered for. That means I've signed up and will most likely take them. However, there's a time period here called Add/Drop, where you get to shop classes and play around with your schedule. So, who knows! I'll have the chance to explore and finalize my schedule at the beginning of next semseter.
Data Structures and Algorithms I: The first of two core classes, focus on theoretical understanding and gaining advanced programming experience. Computer Science
Experience with Authentic Japanese Materials: Next level Japanese langauge course, focus shifts from learning from textbooks to beginning to study actual Japanese materials. Japanese
Artificial Intelligence: Explores the ideas/techniques behind computers behaving intelligently. Other topics are based off student interest and can include game playing, speech recognition, and probabilistic reasoning. Computer Science
Japan on Screen: An interdisciplinary course providing an in depth cultural study of Japan and Japanese media. Asian Languagues and Civilizations / Film and Media Studies