I have some class decisions to make and I need some input. I don’t think that Bethel will get the second copy of my transcript before the semester starts (well, the probably will, but will it be evaluated so that I know what I need to take? probably not), so I’m winging this semester. They did say to me that any class taken at an accredited university would be counted, so I’m not worried about that (unlike Hamline, which was very picky). (And just so you know, I was smart and ordered two transcripts, one to be sent to me since it turns out I don’t have even an unofficial copy.)
So, that being said, here are the classes that I’m currently signed up for (if only to hold my spot in the class and validate my full-time status). I’d like to take three, which would be a big jump from one, but I think it’s do-able. Four, however, is not, and I can’t decide which class I shouldn’t take. Plus, then there’s the ones that I’m not signed up for that sound good. This is where an academic adviser would come in handy, I know, but in the absence of that, y’all get to play the part.
[Really, here’s the debate: do I take Minnesota History with it’s questionable applicability, or do I take History of World Civilizations since 1500 which means I have two classroom classes (I was shooting for one in-class and two online) ?]
Contemporary World History
This course surveys contemporary world history, from the end of World War II to the present with a focus on Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East. Significant forces, ideas, events and people that have influenced the world since 1945 are studied while course themes highlight how and why events transpired and created change in people’s lives. Historical events are studied to provide an appreciation for their influence on contemporary society and the implications they may hold for the future. Online. I should sooooo take this, if only to be more knowledgeable in conversation. But really, how could this not be required/counted?
US History to 1865
This course surveys the political and social history of America from the seventeenth century to the end of the Civil War. The interaction of Europeans, Native Americans, and Africans through the Colonial Era, the American Revolution, and the Early Republic will be discussed. Topics covered also include Jacksonian Democracy, westward expansion, the role of women in the nineteenth century, nineteenth century immigration, and the controversy over slavery. Monday and Wednesday mornings. This is the first of the course I took in the fall, taught by the same teacher with the same setup, and I’m pretty sure I could ace this one too. Plus, it just seems smart to know the whole of US History.
This course surveys Minnesota’s historical development from the pre-Columbian period to the present. It focuses on the historic importance of Minnesota’s geography and natural resources, American Indian-white relations, the development of Minnesota’s unique political tradition, and the emergence of Minnesota’s diverse society and economy. Course readings, videos and class discussions are supplemented by visits to metro-area historic sites and the Minnesota Historical Society’s History Center. In addition, students are exposed to the tools and techniques historians use to study the past as a part of completing research projects. Online. This is probably the one I shouldn’t take, but I think it would be really interesting. I’m guessing that it wouldn’t really go towards any requirements that I need to get through unless it’s “general history courses.” Not being a native, however, it’d be nice to know some of the stuff that perhaps kids learned in elementary school.
History of World Civilizations since 1500
This course surveys world history from 1500 C.E. to the present. Course themes focus on political, ideological, economic, social, cultural, religious, technological, and environmental developments in Africa, Eurasia, and the Americas. Special focus is given to global factors that allowed the West to exercise significant influence over the development of Africa, Asia, and the Americas. Tuesday nights. Definitely something I’d need to take, I think. I mean, I’ve got “World Civilizations” or something like that under my belt from college, but this is different. Plus, I’d probably pay attention this time around.
Another that I’m not signed up for but sounds interesting…
Social Issues In A Changing World
An examination of the many ways in which the United States is interconnected with other societies in a changing world. This changing globalization process and related problems that threaten human well-being are studied from a sociological perspective. Online. A sociology class, not a history class. But man, doesn’t it sound interesting?
Ok, “interesting” does not begin to describe my feelings for this class. It will be required, as will macro. However, they’re not being offered online this semester, so I won’t be taking them. Ah, a summer spent in the hammock reading economics textbooks… doesn’t that sound lovely? Gag.