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Born out of the adaptation of the class for online education platform HarvardX, a new policy implemented in Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding 12: “Poetry in America” prevents students from asking questions in lectures and has prompted the course instructor, English professor Elisa New, to foster student-teacher interaction in new ways.
Though course lotteries are designed to make the process for enrollment in high-demand courses more equitable, students and professors at the College have complained that course lotteries, particularly in General Education courses, can often be frustrating and inconvenient.
The Crimson encourages the humanities departments to take action to stop the decline of humanities by creating new courses. These courses, conveniently labeled “m” for money, may succeed in luring students of STEM to the house of humanism and soothing their worries with regards to employment and low wages. These courses will all betoken the nuanced utilities of humanities courses in the most obvious manner. Students will get a chance to answer questions that have real life applications, and gain both intellectual enhancement and practical skills.
General Education and the Future of Liberal Arts
With the Gen Ed program up for its first five-year review, longstanding questions about the role of a college education in changing times and beyond campus remain contested.
Yesterday, The Atlantic published an article asking what the draw was for students taking ER 18: Classical Chinese Ethical and Political Theory. Here are some things they didn’t think of:
Ec 10a was Harvard's highest-enrolled course this semester, narrowly beating out the rising CS50.
So the course of your dreams—convenient time slot, knocks out a Gen Ed, cross-counts for concentration credit—has been lotteried, and the professor writes to you: "Looking forward to a great semester of this class—except without you in it." No need to panic just yet, though. On this Study Card Day Eve, Flyby's got you covered.
Every week, The Crimson publishes a selection of articles that were printed in our pages in years past.
Hey, Prefrosh! Can't make it to Visitas this weekend? Eager to make your choice before then so you can have fun? Want to feel more confident in your tentative decision to stay away from New Haven? Look no further for guidance. We spoke with University President Drew G. Faust and asked her what advice she would give to potential members of the Class of 2017.
For the first time in recent years, Statistics 104 has become the most popular class at Harvard with 642 students, beating Economics 10 by 15 students. Other popular courses include Sociology 190 and Computer Science 51.
As the number of interested students in some already oversubscribed classes continues to grow and Pre-Term Planning data at times fails to accurately predict student interest, professors face the dilemma of how best to accommodate students while still maintaining the quality of their classes.
Professor Joseph D. Brain stands before a chalkboard in a photo taken between 15 and 20 years ago, by his estimate. Brain will teach his course "The Human Organism" for the final time this spring.
The world of science and Harvard's undergraduate curriculum have both seen tremendous change since Harvard School of Public Health Professor Joseph D. Brain first taught "The Human Organism" in 1971.