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Best Professor First Year Classes


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  • begoodpersonbegoodperson Registered User Posts: 302 Member
    Would you be able to tell more about the first year seminar requirement and the first year writing requirement? Should I take a class that relate to my major for the seminar requirement? and should I take Expository Writing or Intro to Literary Studies for first year writing requirement? and what about the WRT (continuing writing) requirement, should it be major related? should i stick with one subject for all three classes or jump around?
  • bernie12bernie12 Registered User Posts: 5,293 Senior Member
    Do what you want. If you really are one of those academically insular types, then by all means stick to your major. If not, explore. I personally do the latter.
    However, there could be an argument for you doing a major-"like" or major specific freshmen seminar so you can perhaps get some early exposure to topics w/in your potential field of study (as in you get to kind of gauge). I did comp. lit for the FWR and chose the section on "TransAtlantic Romanticism" and enjoyed it. Also, my continued writing requirements have been in history, political science, and religion (I think I technically have gone over three, but either way, the majority have been in polisci and history, and religion was in the minority, even though I really enjoyed it). Remember that I'm a double science major and I chose those CWR. I actually avoid writing requirements involving bio or chem (as rare as they are, there are some) because I really want to acquire different styles of writing. I really don't like the style of writing encouraged in science. (It seems to encourage a strange level of ambiguity and imprecision, not to mention it often does not promote interdisciplinary scholarship in the sense that people even in other science fields can't understand it) and different forms of knowledge. Basically, these classes are my "liberal arts" breaks. When I want an intellectually stimulating science course, I take a special topics or a grad. level. I decided based upon my hopes as a future scholar.
    It really depends on what you want and how you want to shape your educational experience here. Many choose for it to be completely lop-sided, and that's ok I guess. (this almost always goes for humanities and social science majors far more than for science majors. However, Emory has a strange amount of science majors only willing to venture outwards b/c it'll boost their GPA (and then there are many that simply want to dodge anything involving a reasonable amount of writing or thought on non-STEM issues. Seems to be two extremes. Kind of weird). Most pre-profs. may not need/want legit concern for "diversifying" based upon an academic/scholarly standpoint. These decisions are generally more oriented toward w/e profession (which often undergrad. has little to do with) they want to pursue in the future. Like many pre-meds may find something like econ. or CS, or something as a marketable "back-up" on top of their science major, not to mention, it makes them a more interesting applicant, I guess. Again, it's about your goals.
    By the way, I think it is possible to take both a scholarly and professional standpoint. I think a lot of the pre-meds who major in a social science or humanity dept. are doing so. In general, the pre-laws seem more scholarly by nature as their majors tend to require more independent thought and inquiry (if only we can promote more science majors to have this, but often it has to do w/the structure and expectation of many courses.Pre-med culture here=generally lame).
  • simone1993simone1993 Registered User Posts: 27 New Member
    i have read the thread and it has be very helpful.

    i also want to be a nbb (premed) major. i come from a strong science school. i have had the equivalent of AP chem and bio. but my school doesn't offer the tests. Also i will prob get a 5 on my calc AB exam.

    Ideally, I want to take:
    Bio w/lab
    Chem w/ lab
    Expository Writing
    Math... 115 or 116? Is it necessary/worth it to take calc II
    PE course (cardio tennis)
    17 credits

    Do you think this is too challenging for frosh 1st semester?
  • bernie12bernie12 Registered User Posts: 5,293 Senior Member
    No, it's normal. I had a similar schedule except 19 credits. You're fine. Also, you probably should do math 112-Z since you will get 4-5 on AP Calc. AB. See if there are any openings.
  • techn0logicaltechn0logical Registered User Posts: 20 New Member
    I thought we register for classes during freshman orientation? We can sign up for our classes now?
  • bernie12bernie12 Registered User Posts: 5,293 Senior Member
    You enroll during orientation, but you may add to your shopping cart now (I think). Pre-picking the courses ahead of time makes it much easier during actual registration as you simply go to your shopping cart and click once or twice and you are enrolled in all of your classes. You'll experience much less competition than those who have to seek out their courses and then systematically add them in one rather hectic period.
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