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The 5 college classes that delivered

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Over at The Simple Dollar, there’s an intriguing post: “The Five College Classes I Took That Were Actually Worth My Time And Money.” For him, the classes were the following (read the reasons at the link):

  1. Basic English and composition
  2. Technical writing
  3. Public speaking
  4. Survey of American history
  5. An applicable foreign language

Let’s just talk undergraduate years here. What are your five, and why? For me (though this will probably be intelligible only for other St. Johnnies):

  1. Freshman seminar — woke up my mind and gave me lots of intellectual nutrition and taught me the skills close reading and analysis, listening well, and explaining clearly
  2. Sophomore seminar — continued the awakening, especially Shakespeare and the writing of the Sophomore Essay, where I learned to write
  3. Freshman math — Euclid and Ptolemy, logical reasoning and extracting implications
  4. Freshman language — learning how to study a language for the first time, and why translations tend to betray
  5. Sophomore language — learning the tools of grammar, rhetoric, and logic

Looking at the above, I guess I can see why (in my day) quite a few people attended St. John’s for only two years.

So how about you?

Written by Leisureguy

13 September 2007 at 10:01 am

Posted in Education

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  1. Learning to type in business studies GCSE at the age of 15 is probably the most useful thing I learned at school…



    13 September 2007 at 12:17 pm

  2. Anatomy and Physiology –the body is amazing, beautiful, and the most perfect thing in the universe..

    Pharmacology–painful, time consuming, boring and absolutely essential..

    Ethics– Why you “should”, or “should not”, because too often “we do” only because “we can”..

    Pathophysiology– The body is amazing, beautiful, and the most perfect thing in the universe, except when it isn’t..

    Organic Chemistry– The blue collar science, that explains enough information to be relevant to nearly every problem encountered.. (as compared to say, Physics, IMHO, YMMV! 🙂



    21 September 2007 at 9:59 pm

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