Best Third Classes for 14F

By Luke McCann, The Dartmouth Staff | 9/22/14 3:00am

So it’s the second week of add/drop period, and you’re still looking for that third class? Here are a few suggestions that just might be the perfect fit.

WGST 33.7/SOCY 62: Love, Romance, Intimacy and Dating, Professor Lively (2A).

When “Princeton Mom” Susan Patton published “Marry Smart,” she urged college-aged women to find a husband before they graduated, harkening back to the days when women attending college to obtain “MRS degrees.” While the times certainly have changed, love and intimacy still play an important role in every college students’ life, especially here at Dartmouth where we’re constantly reminded that 10 percent of us will go on to marry fellow alums. This class uses sociological methods to investigate just what it is that makes us feel the way we do when we see our freshman fall crush in line at LNC.

EARS 06: Environmental Change, Professor Hawley (11).

Highly regarded as a seasoned politician and the supposed inventor of the Internet, Al Gore pioneered the Academy Award-winning documentary, “An Inconvenient Truth.” Since then, climate change and global warming have become one of the hottest issues in contemporary news, and everyone seems to have an opinion on the topic. Centered on the changing Earth, this course will make sure you actually know what you’re talking about when someone brings up global warming, rather than just nodding along while you mumble about the melting ice caps and polar bears. Plus, since Professor Hawley is leaving for the Antarctic region in October, this class is scheduled to end after week seven.

ENGL 52.13: The Victorians Through Six Children’s Novels, Professor Gerzina (11).

Aside from the Pride and Prejudice mini-series I watched in my high school English class, the Victorian Era has never seemed like the most exhilarating period of time to me. The worn, sepia photographs of stiff, solemn faced families are a far cry from the selfie I took with my grandmother last Christmas. This class, however, offers a new understanding of the Victorian Age through reading several children’s novels, including “Alice in Wonderland,” “Peter Pan” and “Treasure Island.”

ENGS 12: Design Thinking, Professor Robbie (10A).

Often having multiple sections full of students each term, this class is a must before graduation. An engineering course for non-majors, ENGS 12 allows you to finally get your TAS distrib while learning what it means to work and study in a creative environment.

FILM 47.01: Found Footage, Professor Ruoff (2A).

With each new “Paranormal Activity” coming out at an alarmingly fast pace, and the huge success of movies like “The Blair Witch Project” (1999) and “Cloverfield” (2008), found footage films are an integral part of today’s film industry. Along with each release come the obligatory claims of it being nonfiction, tales of the damaged tape being recovered from a video camera found in the middle of the woods. This course will combine documentaries and feature films, including “Forest Gump” (1994), to investigate just what it is about these films that keeps us coming back for more.

Luke McCann, The Dartmouth Staff