Given the hectic nature of winter quarter, you might be so overwhelmed with this quarter’s classes that you haven’t had a chance to figure out classes for next quarter. Have no fear, TUSB is here!
The following lists include courses for even the most insatiable appetite, whether you’re looking for enriching courses in the sciences, arts, or humanities. Hoping to check off that GER or pick up that eleventh or twelfth unit? We can help you out, too.
Here’s to making this spring quarter the most academically exciting one yet!
Exploring the arts:
The Stanford Institute for Creativity and the Arts has produces some really cool Creativity Course Guides. Check out the full selection here. My personal favorites are below.
- CSRE121X: Hip Hop, Youth Identities, and the Politics of Language – understanding the “hip hop nation” from the perspectives of sociolinguistics, youth culture, and globalization.
- Artstudi 4: Technology for Artists: Website Design – really practical skills for people in any major! Apply by March 1, 2011 here.
- Filmstud 156: Copy this Class (The Art of the Remix) – understanding the replication meme – mashups, parodies, and DIY media – in contemporary culture.
- Dance 51: Congolese Dance – because every Kristi course guide has to include a dance class. This one has live drumming!
- English 190T: Special Topics in Fiction Writing – writing “at least 30-50 pages of fiction” will get you well on your way to surpassing Malcolm Gladwell atop the bestsellers list
The obligatory requirement-satisfiers:
To peruse the full listing, you can check out the Registrar’s listing of spring GER-fulfillers here. But I’ve done some snooping so you can check out some of the snazziest ones right here at your fingertips.
CS 21N: Can Machines Know? Can Machines Feel? – apparently a machine can whoop even Ken Jennings at Jeopardy. But do they have the same capacity for intuition and emotion as a Homo sapien? (preference to freshmen)
- MS&E 93Q: Nuclear Weapons, Energy, Proliferation, and Terrorism – children of the Cold War, pay attention: the nuclear threat is still around. How will you address it?
- Classgen 123: Urban Sustainability: Long-Term Archaeological Perspectives – how do we reconcile new urban development with the archaeological legacy of five millennia of human civilization?
- EE 17N: Engineering the Micro and Nano Worlds: From Chips to Genes – this class includes actual work in the Stanford Nanofabrication Facility! Shameless plug: the professor was my research professor this past summer, and he’s absolutely fantastic!
Save the world!
Be epic. Get credit for it. The Haas Center provides course credit for dozens of once-in-a-lifetime community service opportunities. Talk about a win-win situation!
- Dance 197: Dance in Prisons: Arts, Juvenile Justice, Rehabilitation – participatory seminar investigating how the performing arts influence incarcerated teenagers in Santa Clara Juvenile Hall
- Earthsys 105: Food and Community for a Sustainable Future – hands on work with the Stanford Community Garden and San Francisco nonprofits to disperse food to the needy
- Educ 117: Research on Postsecondary Access – the role of educational policy in the transition from high school to college
Bond. James, Bond.
The Stanford classes you should take if you’re aspiring to become a secret agent.
CEE 151: Negotiation – an internationally traveled instructor who has mediated cases in over 75 countries guides you through real life case studies
- Athletic 75M: Jujitsu Self Defense – brush up on that hand to hand combat
- Psych 1: Intro to Psych – outwit your nemeses with your superior understanding of memory, interpersonal interaction, and consciousness
- Athletic 41: Intermediate Fencing – swordsmanship is a must. Suaveness++.
- ME 227: Vehicle Dynamics and Control – dynamics, kinematics, and control theory so you can understand ride, handling and braking. Perfect for mastering those speedy getaways.
- Linguist 1: Intro to Linguistics – language learning and strategic language usage. So you can easily master foreign languages for undercover operations.
So you can’t get credits for Camp Stanford-ing it up. But here are some super-fun classes that come darn close.
- Athletic 164: Intermediate Sand Volleyball – fun in the sun! Just pretend you’re at the beach.
- Music 172F: Carillon – yes, THE carillon at the top of Hoover Tower!!!! You can learn to play it!
- Religst 230B: Zen Studies – bust out the yoga mat and repeat after me: “ohmmmmm”
- Music 18B: Jazz History, 1940-Present – a quarter-long jazz festival? Count me in!
Citizens of the world
Things the responsible member of the 21st century should know about.
- History 98: The History of Modern China
- Linguist 156: Language and Gender
- Polisci 110D: War and Peace in American Foreign Policy
- History 38A: Germany and the World Wars
- Amstud 164C: From Freedom to Freedom Now: African American History
- Polisci 124S: Civil Liberties: Judicial Politics and Constitutional Law
- Publpol 119: Sociology of Terrorism
- Polisci 149S: Islam, Iran, and the West
The canonical Stanford classes
What you have to take before graduating. But really.
- Drama 104: Intro to Sketch Comedy – writing, directing, and performing original comic scenes, focusing on satire, parody, joke writing, and comic timing
- The Rob Reich classes: Ethicsoc 232X: Theories of Civil Society, Philanthropy, and the Nonprofit Sector, Phil 22: Ethics in Theory and Practice, Polisci 334: Philanthropy and Civil Society
- Dance 46: Social Dances of North America – an intro to waltz, swing, tango, cha cha, salsa, and more with the one, the only Professor Richard Powers
- Filmprod 101 – craft, form, and approaches to writing for the screen with Professor Adam Tobin
- Drama 103: Beginning Improvising – so you can, uh, um, er, think on your feet and stuff
Because some classes are just so cool that they transcend categorization.
- GES 40N: Diamonds – a girl’s best friend. Or your cool new intro sem.
- Physics 17: Black Holes – formation and detection, role in galaxies and high-energy jets
- Earthsys 122: Paleobiology – introduction to the fossil record. Jurassic Park biologist wannabes, check this out!
- History 95N: Cartography and the Modern Imagination – use primary sources from the Special Collections as you explore the world via images