Shopping Around for the Best Classes? Look No Further Than These...

So, you've found yourself in a jam, and the Kroks are nowhere in sight. You've spent a night or two flipping through Courses of Instruction, undeterred by the cover of excessive color.

You've checked or circled or highlighted classes that might make the grade this fall.

You've made a list of your five, or 10, or 20 nominees, and have checked it twice.

But still, it's not there. The excitement is missing. Your list feels incomplete. The real winners, you fear, have somehow slipped through your fingers.

To the rescue: The Crimson's second, semiannual compilation of "Eleven Electives" to brighten your day and guide the way to a winning semester.

Following is a list of 11 classes you might have overlooked while scanning the catalogue-and might regret not shopping next week.

None of the classes have prerequisites, all feature workloads that appear manageable and each, in its own way, promises to be worth taking.

This Land Is My Land

When you think Folk and Myth, you probably think of German fairy tales and African storytellers.

But Visiting Professor of Folklore and American Civilization Simon J. Bronner, on loan from the University of Pennsylvania at Harrisburg, is turning the F&M; spotlight closer to home-closer to his home, in fact, in Pennsylvania's Amish Country.

And gladly so. For in what class other than Folklore and Mythology 121: "American Ethnic Folklife" can you get answers to questions like:

Why do the Amish ride in cars but refuse to drive them?

How can their old-fashioned farms turn a profit when modern farms are going broke?

And, if they'll use pay phones, why don't they have phones in their homes?

These questions are posed and answered in The Riddle of Amish Culture, one of two books required for the course.