The first is “Philosophy of Sport” where we will look at the meaning of sport, addressing issues of metaphysics, ethics, gender, and race. I was driven to take the course because I enjoy the differing ideologies surrounding the problem of mind-body dualism addressed by René Descartes. So far, the course has proved to challenge my original understandings of what we define as a sport and who we identify as an athlete.
My second class is “Business & Entrepreneur History.” This economics course takes a historical approach to American entrepreneurs and businesses which have emerged since the seventeenth century. Despite being an anthropology major, the course sparked my interest as it focusses on the culture of entrepreneurship and the use of knowledge to identify opportunities for growth and expansion.
The third class I am taking this semester is “History of World Cinema.” Having taken “History of Photography” last semester, I wanted to learn about another visual medium, specifically that of film. The class involves two parts, one is watching fourteen different films, and the other is discussing the visual elements of the film. As someone who enjoys watching and reading about independent, foreign and artistic films, this course is a great way to further my knowledge base of important cinema.
Finally, and possibly the most important class of my entire college career is my senior seminar in anthropology. In many ways the seminar will serve as a finale to the sixteen different anthropology courses I have taken the past three years. But more importantly, it functions to engage us (the senior anthropology majors) to apply everything we have read, discussed and written about to the real world. To begin asking questions about our own culture and ideas. The seminar will revolve around the relationship between notions of nature and culture, a complex relationship we will work to interpret.
As I enter my second week of my final semester, I am excited by the diversity in the classes I am enrolled in. But that is the great thing about a liberal-arts education, you get to tailor your education to what interests you most.
And so begins “Spring Semester 2014!”