It’s that time of the year again, where every single student is panicking about classes. They wonder if they will get into all the classes they will need, and this is especially stressful for students who needs a certain amount of classes to be eligible to graduate. Luckily for me I still have a year to go and am all but done with my English degree and General Ed classes. So registration time for me isn’t all that stressful, but rather exciting as I have to make choices of what classes I think will be fun and beneficial to take. Thanks to the new 15 unit cap, and my desire to take one less class, I plan on only enrolling into four classes (13 units) but believe me when I say that it will most likely feel like 20 units. So my schedule for next spring stands as the following:
ENGL 3225: British Romantic Literature (Romanticism)
This class fulfills my British literature requirement for the English degree and more importantly is a class I’ve wanted to take since the end of my first semester in college. When I was a freshman I took survey to British literature after 1800 and the professor spent a good chunk of the time on Romanticism. Up until I took that class I never really cared for poetry at all, but once we started studying the Romantics my mind flipped and I was all about poetry. The likes of Blake, Wordsworth, Shelly, Keats, and Byron had managed to show me the beauty of poetry and I’ve never looked back. So getting the chance to revisit these poets in the class room has gotten me all giddy on the inside.
ENGL 4930: Special Studies in American Literature
This is my ‘fun’ class this semester. For the last couple of semesters I decide to take a class for ‘fun’ (i.e. not a requirement for me). Last Fall it was Classical Theory of Sociology, Last Spring it was Introduction to Linguistic Theory and this Fall it was Grammar and Philosophy through Literature. The course is taught by one of my favorite professors who uses critical theory in his analysis of literature and I’ve found that to be fascinating. The topic in this course is Native American literature so I’m in for a treat.
ENGL 4990: Senior Seminar
This is the big one. The senior Seminar course is the last class an English major takes before they graduate and there is usually some large paper you have to do (20 pages I believe). This class is being taught by one of my favorite professors (and one that has been the most helpful and patient with me). Even though it is only my third year of college I’ll technically be a senior next semester and by taking this class along with RNGL 3225 I’ll be done with my English degree. However, I’ll still need about 10 units to reach that 120 mark to graduate so I still have at least another semester left. I’ve been talking to the professor about this course and the topic and I must say that this I’m super excited about the class. We’ll be tackling a topic that I’ve been waiting to focus on my entire academic career thus far. I won’t say what the topic is just yet but to say I’m excited is an understatement.
PHYS 3550 Physics for War, Physics for Peace
This is the second half of the year long cluster course that I’m taking. It is a continuation of ENGL 3550, which means that this class too will be half Physics and half English. I really enjoyed both sections of this class this semester and the fact that there is some phyics will allow me to take a little break from English considering all my other classes are Literature classes. The physics in the class isn’t hard at all and the literature we read is a fascinating look at how these writers see the world (most seeing it first hand). Although I haven’t yet register for this class I’m guaranteed a seat because I took the first half of the course this fall.
So there you have it, Frank’s Spring 2012 schedule. I can all ready tell you I’ll have a lot to read and write, but honestly I don’t think I’ve been this excited for a semester. The only thing that could make it better is if there was a course in Modernism, but alas there isn’t.