Anonymous asked: What are the main impacts of having a quarter system on the classes? Any pros/cons when compared to semester calendars with other colleges?
Pros: you get to take a lot of classes. Up to 12 a year, and no more than 4 at a time. Survey courses are few and far between. Most classes will be structured around really specific topics. I’ve taken a course on the Aesthetics of Alternative Westerns, a course on critical approaches to Hamlet, a course on Thomas Hardy. Specificity and intensity are your friends. At the end of four years (especially if you major in the humanities or social sciences), you should have an intimate knowledge of a broad range of topics.
Cons: ten weeks is nothing. Midterms are always and forever, and then it’s 9th week and your finals are suddenly happening. And while specificity is king, it can also hurt students who don’t know exactly what they want to study. Maybe you enroll in a course on Wordsworth and find out that you hate Wordsworth. You only have to endure it for 10 weeks, but you still have to endure it for ten weeks.
The upside is that first years will largely enroll in SOSC and HUM sequences, which offer the same kind of general overview that semester schools give students in survey courses. You’ll never take Philosophy 101, but you will get to sample the great books before you declare a major.