Check out the new courses you can take this spring
Columbia has released a list of new courses approved for the spring semester. Check out the full list at the link, but here are some of the most intriguing options.
With only a few exceptions, these courses are not yet included in the directory, so take our highlights with a grain of salt.
Course: Popular music and protest movements
Department: African-American Studies
Why it’s cool: Popular music. Protest movements. In addition to being interesting and informative, this course will save you from having to go all the way to Zuccotti Park for your fill of hipsterism (Did the OWS comeback ever happen?).
Course: Absent bodies
Why it’s cool: We assume there will be no attendance policy.
Course: Blood/Lust: Staging the Early Modern Mediterranean
Department: Comp. Lit
Why it’s cool: It has a cool name. But tread carefully: We have been deceived by great course names before (Looking at you, “Weapons of Mass Destruction”).
Course: Sex, Drugs, and Women of Color
Department: Ethnicity and Race
Why it’s cool: Again, we’re going with the intriguing course name.
Course: Science and Technology in the United States: From Franklin to Facebook
Why it’s cool: There is the possibility that at some point you will be encouraged to go on Facebook while in class.
Course: The Jazz Age: Fictional Representations of Jewish American and African American Women in the City
Department: Women’s and Gender Studies
Why it’s cool: None of us at Spectrum are by any means any experts on the Jazz Age, but Wikipedia tells us that it was “a period roughly coinciding with the 1920s.” So, flappers! Also potentially cool because of the mystery: what readings will be assigned? Not The Great Gatsby, which is the only 1920s novel we know.
These are only a handful of the more than 70 new courses on offer this spring. Check out the list and start planning your schedule! What courses are you excited about?
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