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First Year Writing Seminars

taylordemontaylordemon Registered User Posts: 46 Junior Member
edited December 2013 in Vanderbilt University
Any suggestions on these? Best/Worst?

Specifically, does anyone have any input on Strategic Thinking and Interactions or Music and Modernism?

Thanks!
Post edited by taylordemon on
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Replies to: First Year Writing Seminars

  • mlik097mlik097 Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
    Does anyone know if students in the School of Engineering can take a first year writing seminar as an elective?
  • PancakedPancaked Registered User Posts: 3,355 Senior Member
    They're all pretty random and a lot change every year. You're probably not going to get much input on any of them. Better to look for a good professor than a good subject. Writing seminars are not designed to be difficult or complicated so there's really nothing to worry about when picking one, no matter the professor.


    Yes, engineers can take a writing seminar as an elective.
  • anotheraznanotherazn Registered User Posts: 96 Junior Member
    My suggestion - pick 2 or 3 that you want because they get filled FAST. Also, I highly recommend to take one first semester. Getting into a FYWS second semester is a headache and not worth the hassle. I have never heard of anyone getting a FYWS they didn't like, and the work is definitely doable as well as fun.
  • LHSCaryLHSCary Registered User Posts: 178 Junior Member
    Ditto anotherrazn^ the seminars fill up VERY quickly so have a couple of back up ideas when you sit down to register. Having it first semester seemed to work well for my daughter and it was nice since it was taught in the seminar room of the dorm next to hers on the Commons and was the first class of the day so she could roll out of bed, grab something to eat and be at class in a short period of time.
  • zmoose27zmoose27 Registered User Posts: 252 Junior Member
    mlik097: I believe you can take a FYWS, but I'm not quite sure why you would unless you were going to transfer to A&S. (I know of a Peabody student taking a FYWS)
  • Faline2Faline2 Registered User Posts: 4,241 Senior Member
    Vandy son took two courses in the Music dept that were superb. Read up on the professors. He took a class on filmscores that was fantastic. There are so many great musicians and types of music being studied at Blair. If you get a chance, dip in to aspects of Vandy outside of where you are heading for electives! His freshman writing seminar was taught by a prof who had been imbedded in Iraq a few years ago. She is very demanding but he signed up for another course with her because she is also so excellent re delivering in the classroom. He also took a class from someone who had been an Army Colonel. (Vandy has strong ROTC programs). When your goals allow you to explore outside of the required, always seek out the most colorful and beloved professors even if they are demanding. You won't regret it in four years.
  • teddad123teddad123 Registered User Posts: 98 Junior Member
    Registration for all freshman starts this Sat (June 8), correct? Does it start midnight or 8am? Do we just fill out "cart" beforehand and click register right when it opens?
  • Go9ersjrhGo9ersjrh Registered User Posts: 395 Member
    According to the information my S has recieved and the date and time on his YES page, registration starts for him on Monday, June 10 at 0800 CDT.

    Any words of wisdom on when to log in if you want to enroll when the window opens?
  • lenny2lenny2 Registered User Posts: 713 Member
    teddad123, yes, fill up the cart now and then register on your registration date. (I'm not sure what time it opens). Put more classes in your cart than you think you'll need because some might fill. It's very easy to drop and add classes from your schedule before classes begin.
  • PancakedPancaked Registered User Posts: 3,355 Senior Member
    Doesn't matter when you log in. Just keep opening your cart at 8am until you see the option to enroll (it will be slow to load with all the students online).
  • teddad123teddad123 Registered User Posts: 98 Junior Member
    CDT! Glad you said that, otherwise we might have been clicking for an hour wondering why it wasn't working.

    Does YES block registering for certain courses for reasons such as: 1) freshman can't take more than 18 credits, 2) student outside of A&S need permission to take FYWS, 3) a prerequisite hasn't been met, or 4) courses overlap on the schedule?
  • PancakedPancaked Registered User Posts: 3,355 Senior Member
    It will block you from taking more than 18 credits and from enrolling in overlapping courses (though you can join a waitlist that overlaps with an enrolled course, and then use the "drop if enrolled" feature to automatically drop the overlapped course if you get in-- otherwise you won't be enrolled even if you get off the waitlist). Nobody needs permission to take a FYWS, anyone can take one, you aren't confined to the courses in your school at all. Usually you can register for a course even if you don't meet the prereqs, though I don't know if that's always true.
  • zmoose27zmoose27 Registered User Posts: 252 Junior Member
    With respect to prerequisites, starting Spring 2013 the College of Arts and Science began actually enforcing prerequisites, meaning you won't be able to register for a class for which you do not meet the prerequisites. The official policy is as below, from an email the registrar sent to students:

    "NEW POLICY FOR SPRING 2013: Pre-requisites and co-requisites will be enforced for Spring enrollments. Unmet requisites will not prevent you from placing courses in your cart, but they will prevent enrollment. All pre-requisites and co-requisites are included in the Catalog descriptions. If you get an error message stating that you have not met the requisites for a course, please click on the class detail in order to see the Catalog description of the course.

    Only the Director of Undergraduate Studies for the department or program that offers a class can override requisites for that class; you may contact the appropriate DUS to request an override. If you believe that you have met the stated requisite but are unable to enroll in a class, please send a message to [email protected]."
  • megan2016megan2016 Registered User Posts: 23 New Member
    Anyone can take an FYWS, but non A&S students will have to wait until open enrollment to join. I loved my FYWS, and most of my friends loved theirs, but check out the professor on RatemyProfessor.
  • PyrrhicPyrrhic Registered User Posts: 23 New Member
    Why don't more Vanderbilt people recommend looking at Vanderbilt Voice for data on professors? It seems to have more and more current data than RatemyProfessor (except with new profs who are exempted on Voice).
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