<p>Title says it all...</p>
<p>Take a look at Penn Course Review and see how the prof/class has rated in the past. In general writing classes aren't that hard, although there is the odd prof here and there who decides to go all out.</p>
<p>Professors make or break a writing seminar. None of them are really hard, just tedious.</p>
<p>Writing seminars all have the same curriculum. Its pretty rigid so in terms of the type of essays that you will have to write, they're all the same. The only difference between them is the topic and professor. I heavily encourage you to get into one whose topic you're actually interested in else it would be terrible.</p>
<p>I did Human Experimentation with Prof. Andria Johnson and she was quite good.</p>
<p>Contemporary Art in New York with Copeland, if it's being offered. Not only did we do about 1/3 of the work other classes do, it was actually interesting, you get to go to NYC and go to galleries/museums, and you can write WHATEVER YOU WANT since they're your own interpretations of the art.</p>
<p>Thanks for the responses...human experimentation actually sounds pretty interesting.</p>
<p>Yeah just don't take it with a grad student as your professor since they'll be a stickler with the rules and give you a bad grade when you would have gotten an A/A- in any other writing seminar.</p>
<p>... I'm not being bitter.</p>
<p>I completely agree with xstingx.
The seminars aren't that hard and in general are pretty easily graded. However, I had a grad student for mine and he was adamant about only giving a certain amount of As.</p>
<p>How can you tell if it's a grad student or a prof teaching the course?
Copeland's Cont Art in Philly (which I think is what she's offering in the fall) didn't get such great reviews...Is it not as good as the NY one?</p>
<p>Haha I don't think you can tell. Google them.</p>
<p>I didn't know my teacher was a grad student until the 2nd to last day of class. None of us did. Then she screwed us (me) over.</p>