Rolling into Enrollment: Choosing Courses for the Spring Semester

As election drama wears on, midterms subside, and the clock progressively turns towards Thanksgiving, the students of Trinity College are already thinking forward by preparing for the next semester.

Despite the fact that all of us are attempting to fulfill our major requirements, in addition to taking some general distribution classes, it can still be exciting to peruse the course schedules and enrollments pages, especially if you have a little bit of extra room in your next-semester schedule. If there is one thing that I’ve learned in my two and (almost) a half years here at Trinity, it’s that there are a variety of hidden gem classes in every department that very few people know about. Derived from Professors’ online course description summaries, in my opinion, here are some eye-catching Trinity-specific classes being offered next semester:

  • America’s Most Wanted

This class discusses the ways in which Americans are obsessed with crime. When crimes are real, we societally engage in debates regarding guilt versus innocence, punishment or rehabilitation, death penalty, or life in prison both publicly and in the domestic realm. The class discusses a myriad of crimes, and why certain ones are considered more riveting than others.

  • Mafia 

What’s it about? Well, I’ve actually taken this course, and I have to admit – it’s one of my favorites. Not only is it incredibly interesting, and Professor Alcorn is a fabulous teacher, but the topics covered within the class are diverse and applicable to other courses (and also in general) in ways that you might not normally considered until after you have taken the class. This course discusses the “rule of law” in addition to criminal organization as forms of social order. The class explores the origins of Mafiosi tactics starting from origins in Sicily, and the ways in which these strategies have developed in order to create an intercontinental control over politics and financial capital. Through the uses of literature and film, discussions focus on attempting to define the inner workings of the Mafia.

  • Higher Education in America

 Taught by Admissions’ very own Angel Perez, this course explores the diverse array of curricula offered at various American educational institutions. Regardless of the differentiation between multiple colleges and universities, the American collegiate educational system is incredibly reputable, and draws students both nationally and abroad. The class discusses the formation of American higher education, including several topics such as diversity, student misconduct, academic freedom, and athletics that are embedded within modern colleges and universities.

  • From Epic to X-Box: Narrative History

This class explores how narrative has become altered both over time, and across various forms of media. It covers everything form Old English Epics to digital games. The course deliberates how fictional characters and authors’ narratives have varied both temporally and formally. In addition, this class asks the question of “how do we interact with stories and storytelling?” as well as how these interactions have changed, and the differentiation between “playing,” “watching,” “hearing,” and reading.”

  • New York and its Neighborhoods

What’s it about? This course explores the ways in which New York City formed both economically and culturally in order to become the most populous city in the United States, and a nationally recognized superpower. The course analyzes the various ways that different New Yorkers not only define their identities, but also define their communities. This course explores the dynamic history of both the city and the residents who comprise it, which helps to assists students in becoming more responsible urban citizens. Each class focuses on a separate New York City neighborhood to discuss themes of both urban and American history.

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