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Old 08-16-07, 07:15 PM   #1
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I can't decide which classes to take :(

So I am taking two classes in the fall at UNH.
English 401 is a definite. That's your basic freshmen english that is required to graduate, and required if I ever want to take anything else.

But then I have a lot of options...
BUt I am torn between political science 101, or some science course. Anybody have suggestions as to what I should take?
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Old 08-16-07, 08:20 PM   #2
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Political science sounds kinda boring, especially if you aren't too into politics. There are lots of science classes. Politics are garbage in and garbage out. Science can be fun. If I were you, I'd probably look over the course listing, and find the coolest looking science class on there.

Just the same, if you don't know a lot about politics or want to learn more, that could be good too

Gotta do what sounds like the most fun. It's your first semester after all. Best to enjoy it.
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Old 08-16-07, 08:21 PM   #3
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Well, I am actually very interested in politics right now. But I have so many interests, it's hard to prioritize .
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Old 08-16-07, 08:26 PM   #4
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Oh how i wish i could do my gen eds over again...

Most schools have some really quarky classes you can take that qualify for a lot of things. Without knowing them it's hard to tell you exactly. That said, as a freshman (and registering so late) you probably don't have too many options.

I took "intro to politics" aka...political science 101...i found it interesting personally, but i also had a pretty fun professor. I'd just suggest taking something that interests you. Any class you take is exactly what you make of it. This past semester i decided to try my hardest to find all my classes interesting...i got the best grades i've ever gotten.

Honestly, i find that if you just do the reading and participate as much as you can in class and you'll both likely enjoy it and do well in it.

The most important thing though, is to make sure you're taking classes that go towards your degree...it may not seem like it matters much now, but trust me...it will in about 3 years
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You've got plenty of time to take them all ya know.

You can always say eenie meenie miney menis or flip a coin if you need to.
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Old 08-16-07, 08:30 PM   #6
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Well that would be easy for me cause I hate science classes but you may feel differently then me.

PS sounds interesting.
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A basic chemistry or biology class would open up some cools classes as well.
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Political science. It's practical and you use the knowledge your entire life.
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Political science has surprisingly little to do with current politics. It's more like a study of the foundation for what makes the political process work. I got a degree in political science, and a lot of the classes ended up being more like history classes, the emphasis being on what and who made a country run. We very rarely got into current politics. We sort of branched off into economics and political theory, too--stuff like that.

We had a couple of socialists and one communist professor. Those guys were pretty cool. Wacked, but it was real interesting to listen to them.

Don't know if that helps.
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I took WAY too many classes cause they interested me. I took several classes which were redundant as far as ANY degree. (e.g. require 1 natural science, I took geology and also physics, I also took psyc and sociology... when only one was required).
Also yes, there are usually other less common classes to meet the requirements.... 90% of my university takes art history... there's a couple other classes that fill that credit... some history of theater, movies, rock music etc. Keep looking through the catalog, not just the cookie cutter list given to all freshman of what reaches the requirement... it really is just an example.
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Alright, I have decided on Political Science.
I have to take English, so that's a given anyways. This is a chance to find out if I would like to pursue political science.
And if I don't like the class, I'll finish it up, and it's just 4 more credits for me that I need to graduate. You've got to take some other classes that don't necessarily pertain to the end degree anyways, so either way it's a win.
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I may switch to full time in the spring, we'll see. Aaah . I don't even want to think about what to take in spring!
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Most folks just take non-essential courses in the first year in their majors anyway. Take the courses that are considered either essential (for PolySci) or elective (for science/tech). You can't go wrong exploring this avenue, as I'm sure you'll stay busy on the tech side in your garage.

Edit: JFYI: I earned a BA in PolySci with a minor in International Studies in Dec. '88. I was a "Sovietologist." Which is why I re-enrolled in '89 to finish out my BSME.
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As Thomas Dolby would say "SCIENCE"...but then again I am biased
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