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Underwater Basket Weaving: Spring 2014
This, but underwater

This, but underwater

Registration for Spring 2014 is almost upon us. While for most people that means putting the finishing touches on their perfectly balanced schedule (right???) for Bwog that means frantically looking for an extra-esoteric class to add to our already bizarre course load. If everything next semester just seems too normal for you, there are some…eclectic…options on offer to spice up your curriculum. Below, we present the cream of Columbia’s crop, classes that cannot be relevant to any area of study ever. We encourage commenters to chime in with any weird-ass classes we missed. Just don’t forget to take Music Hum!

Spring 2014 Music G4122 SONGS OF THE TROUBADOURS

Spring 2014 Spanish W3496 ON FRIENDSHIP

Spring 2014 Comparative Literature: Russian V3302 FAIRY TALES RELOADED: WITCHES, WEREWOLVES, FOOLS, AND POST-MODERN FICTION

Spring 2014 Anthropology V3880 LISTENING: AN ETHNOG OF SOUND

Spring 2014 Anthropology G6069 TECHNOBODIES

Spring 2014 Anthropology G6085 THING THEORY

Spring 2014 Comparative Literature: German G4690 MAKING SENSE WITH THINGS

Esoterica awaits!

Nonfiction Addiction, Or How to Take a Class Without Actually Taking a Class
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Bwog the gleefully awkward librarian

As classes really get rolling, we can only pound through our problem sets (damn you, science requirement!) and bitterly remember that awesome history of witchcraft underwater basket weaving class we had to drop. Because Bwog understands your never-ending thirst for knowledge, we’ve put together a list of nonfiction books that replace entirely match up with some of Columbia’s best classes.

African Studies:

  • King Leopold’s Ghost – Adam Hochschild

American History:

  • The Worst Hard Time – Timothy Egan
  • No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: the Home Front in World War II – Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • Constitutional Myths: What We Get Wrong and How to Get It Right – Ray Raphael
  • The New Jim Crow – Michelle Alexander
  • When Affirmative Action Was White: An Untold History of Racial Inequality in Twentieth-Century America – Ira Katznelson

Anthropology:

  • Babylon: Mesopotamia and the Birth of Civilization – Paul Kriwaczek

Architecture:

  • The Great Bridge: the Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge – David McCullough

Books by Columbia Profs:

  • Privilege – Shamus Khan
  • Racecraft: the Soul of Inequality in American Life – Barbara Fields
  • College: What it Is, Was, and Should Be – Andrew Delbanco

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Underwater Basket Weaving: Spring 2013

You can be a cat lady who learned about cats

Sure, you’ll wanna take Art Hum/Music Hum/that dinosaur class to fulfill your science requirement at some point before you graduate. But why ignore Columbia’s vast wealth of insanely-titled courses irrelevant to any topic of study ever? The challenge: take all of the following classes in lieu of your perfectly planned schedule. Convince your advisor to make a unique major out of it. You can be an Italian domestic animal manager singing design studier of writing about religious ecstasy….thing.

RUSS W4349 ADVANCED RUSSIAN THROUGH SONG

INSM W3950y FRIENDSHIP IN ASIAN AND WESTERN CIVILIZATION

CPLS W3454y BLOOD/LUST: STAGING THE EARLY MODERN MEDITERRANEAN

ANTH V3986 ABSENT BODIES

AHIS W3814 THE ENCHANTED WORLD OF GERMAN ROMANTIC PRINTS, 1750-1850

Don’t Forget to Go Here Next Semester

It’s hard to believe, but registration for spring 2012 (aka the last year) starts today for seniors! Time to squeeze in that last credit of PE before you graduate. Or maybe you’re looking for a more eclectic elective to take—if so, we’ve got you covered. And don’t miss out on our jaw-dropping list of courses to take before you die. So hop to it. Browse the list of available courses, find out how brutal your professor is going to be, and do your best to squeeze them all in without conflicts.

Underwater Basket Weaving: Spring 2012

Your advisor and your parents want you to wisely choose your classes so that you complete your major and the Core with plenty of credits to spare. But what are you to do with those leftover slots in next semester’s schedule? Take awesome classes that have nothing to do with anything—the kind you’ll remember for the rest of your life, the kind you’ll tell your grandchildren about. Or maybe they end up being worthless. Whatever the case, here is Bwog’s list of off-beat, awesome, interesting, or otherwise strange classes on offer this spring:

It combines scuba diving with the art of making Easter presents.

Sensing:

Philosophy G4495y PERCEPTION

Art History W4850 COLLECTING

Strategizing:

Anthropology G6085  THING THEORY

English BC3121 PUBLIC SPEAKING

Anthropology V2020 CHINESE STRATEGIES

Sociology W3675 ORGANIZING INNOVATION

American Studies W3931 A CULTURAL HISTORY OF WALL STREET

Communications Practice K4012 INFLUENCING DECISIONS

Seeing:

English W3980 Studies in Mass Culture: CYBERCULTURE

History BC4886 FASHION

English W4791 Mysticism & Medieval Drama: VISIONARY DRAMAS

Some Things:

Philosophy G9645 PERSONS

Sociology G6600 THE SOCIAL LIFE OF DNA

Communications K4015 EVALUATING THE COMM. TOOLBOX

Society:

School of Continuing Ed. SPRT K4220. SOCIO-HISTORICAL FOUNDATIONS OF AMERICAN SPORT

School of Continuing Ed. SPRT K4460. SPORTS LAW AND ETHICS

English BC3130 AMERICAN COWBOY/ICONOGRAPHY OF THE WEST

Sociology V2230 FOOD & THE SOCIAL ORDER

Anthropology V2300 ANTHROPOLOGY OF ESTRANGEMENT

Anthropology V3977 TRAUMA

Anthropology G4129 LANDSCAPE: INTERPRETING PLACE

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SEAS ’14 Declaration Begins Tomorrow

Hark, third semester SEASlings, start pondering your major, because declaration starts tomorrow. Becoming a real college student is only a few clicks away! Remember, switching is possible, so don’t feel too pigeonholed. There’s always that mythic liberal arts education to fall back on.

Underwater Basket Weaving: Fall 2011 Edition

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The muggle equivalent of Muggle Studies/LARPers, take note

Anthropology V3949  SORCERY AND MAGIC

CLEN W4721x: Magic, Carnival, Sacrament and Other Theatrical Illusions: European Renaissance and Baroque Drama and Spectacle

Clever word play?

Planning A6233: CROWD SOURCED CITY

Anthropology V3893 THE BOMB

Architecture A4028: BUILDING NEW YORK

Comment if the last few weeks’ stress made you think of John Jay Hall, too

Planning A4304: INTRODUCTION TO HOUSING

Of questionable merit

Physical Education BC3129 WATER SAFETY INSTRUCTORS

Anthropology G9999: WEDNESDAY SEMINAR

Social Work T6007: PROFESSIONAL IMMERSION SEMINAR

So much brain

Psychology BC3390 CANINE COGNITION

Psychology W3470 BRAIN EVOL: BECOMING HUMAN

Psychology G4222 : THE COGNITV NEUROSCI OF AGING

So much mind

Jazz Studies W4900 JAZZ & THE LIT IMAGINATION

Anthropology V3978: DIALOGIC IMAGINATION IN OPERA

Psychology W3270 COMPUT APPROACHES-HUMAN VISION

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Underwater Basket Weaving, Spring 2011 Edition

A Hopi basket weaver circa 1900.

Wikipedia tells us that “In weaving willow baskets, a trough of water is needed in which to soak the dried willow rods. They are then left to stand until pliable and ready to be used in weaving. The weaving is, however, not done under water.” With that tidbit of information under our belts, registration for Spring Term 2011 begins next Monday, which means it’s time to plan what you’re going to take next semester for Bwog’s semesterly roundup of ridiculously-named courses. Please note that not all of these match the implications of “underwater basket weaving,” but instead simply have ridiculous names prone to misinterpretation. If you happen to come across any courses with humorous names that we missed, please leave them in the comments.

Technology Management K4124 Knowledge Management

Theatre Arts R6520 Collaboration

Sociology 86810 Organization Failure

Spanish W3542 The End of the World

Statistics W4543 Survival Analysis (more…)

Underwater Basket Weaving, Take Two

bulletin_coverReady or not (probably not), class registration begins tomorrow.  This usually means frantically clicking through SSOL, becoming dismayed at the slim pickings, and abandoning all hope of Art Hum for four different introductory Political Science lectures. Bwog, however, returns to bring you the best, the brightest, and the courses most likely to solicit “There is no way that is an actual course at an actual institution of higher learning” on tap for Spring 2010.

Whoa, Dude (the Keanu Reeves Courses)

Science W3920: Ignorance

Art History G8737: How Images Think

Philosophy G9525: Seminar on Vagueness

French W3628: Discovering Existence

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