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Where are the intro and popular classes in Chemistry, Biology, Political Science, History etc...?
It's not what I got at Chicago (years ago). First and second year Core courses typically had discussion classes with ~15 students led by a faculty member (sometimes a distinguished full professor.) Lectures (75 students, maybe) supplemented the discussion classes as background, not the other way around. For each quarter-long course, typically we'd get at least one 5-10 page paper, graded by the professor and returned with comments.
POLS (political science) at Chicago does not seem to have a specified set of "core" courses for the major, so there are no courses that are either large or have many sections in that department.
Chicago's Core social science courses generally are not "political science" or "sociology" or "anthropology" courses.