It’s that time of year again! Not sure what winter classes to take? No worries; check out TUSB’s course primer. Whether you’re looking to satisfy a GER, find profound inspiration, or just take a fun class for kicks, we’ve got you covered.
- Dance 30: Chocolate Heads – contemporary dance from around the world
- Dance 106: African Styles on Stage – inspiration from the African diaspora
- Dance 138: Liquid Flow – “design and engineering through a tactile, kinetic and kinesthetic lens”
- Dance 147: Living Traditions of Swing – taught by the one, the only Richard Powers himself
Out of This World: all the classes that remind me of Star Trek
Humbio 183: Astrobiology and Space Exploration – life on earth and possibly elsewhere, NASA astronauts give guest lectures
- AA 236B: Spacecraft Design Lab – emphasis on practical applications, design, and launching
- History 6N: Utopia: History of Nowhere Land – focusing on Utopian literature of the early modern period
- CHEM 27N: Lasers: The Light Fantastic – set phasers to stun!
Too Soon? timely courses that pertain to current events
- PUBLPOL 154: California Politics and Policy – perfect for election buffs
- CSRE 137R: 21st Century Civil Rights – legislation and security in the war on terror
- POLISCI 114S: International Security in a Changing World – nuclear proliferation, terrorism, civil war
- POLISCI 220R: The Presidency – for aspiring leaders of the free world
Save the World: cool classes that give you Haas Center credit
- EESS 105: Food and Community for a Sustainable Future – from garden development to food dispersal to the needy
- ENGR 110: Perspectives in Assistive Technology – team-based projects for the disabled
Burst the Bubble: field trip-based courses to get you out and about
- GES 336: Stanford Alpine Project – geology studies in preparation for a trip to northwestern India in summer 2011
- EARTHSYS 38N: Science, Literature, and History of Polar Exploration – optional field trip to the high Sierra in December 2011
Git ‘er Done: snazzy classes that fulfill the GERs
- AFRICAAM 48Q: South Africa: Contested Transitions – 1994 onwards, preference to sophomores (GER:DBHum, GER:ECGlobalCom)
- ENGLISH 140A: Creative Resistance and the Holocaust – the human spirit of creativity under the Nazi regime (GER:DBHum)
- MUSIC 8A: Rock, Sex, and Rebellion – only at Stanford can you get GER cred for a class this cool!! (GER:DBHum, GER:ECAmerCul)
- MUSIC 32N: Sculpting with Sounds, Images, and Words – hands-on work at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics, preference to freshmen (GER:DBHum)
Madame Secretary: the requisite Condoleezza Rice classes
- POLISCI 214R or 314R: Challenges and Dilemmas in American Foreign Policy – post-conflict reconstruction, state-building, nuclear proliferation, peace negotiation; culminates in a 48-hour crisis simulation!; application only, available in Encina West 100
Badassery of the Past: because you may be cool, but you’ll never be da Vinci cool
- HISTORY 31: The Worlds of Leonardo da Vinci – everything EVER about the ultimate Renaissance man, also GER:DBHum!
- HISTORY 51S: Popular Violence in 19th Century America – I’m just going to leave you with this quote from the course description: “sport, manliness, sex”
- HISTORY 43S: Pirates, Merchants, & Local Cosmopolitans – um, hello? You can study PIRATES? For credit?? Also, only ever offered this quarter. So get on that.
- HISTORY 58N: Thomas Jefferson and His World – love him or hate him, he was pretty fascinating
For the Budding Hipster
- COMPLIT 101: What is Literature? – in case you were wondering (GER:DBHum)
- RELIGST 139: Nihilism – “the role of ‘nothing’ as a category of thought”
- FILMSTUD 137: European New Wave Cinemas – 1940s-1970s post-war film
- HISTORY 62S: Food Politics, Culture, and Ecology in America – nomnomnom guaranteed
- CSRE 28N: Cultural Shaping of Mental Health and Illness (PSYCH 28N) – how do we perceive and treat mental illness as a cultural phenomenon?
‘Nuff Said: courses with six or fewer words of course description
(Disclaimer: for clarity, I’m paraphrasing the course names, but all the links will take you directly to the accurate Bulletin listings. Have fun ‘sploring!)