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Classes to Take Before You Die I Mean Graduate: The List

We asked and you answered. Below, read the list, compiled from all of your comments, of classes to take before you graduate. The classes are separated by department, then professor, with a separate section for Global Core. Bolded classes are being offered this semester. Today was the first day of registration for freshmen, but registration opens for everyone tomorrow. Snag spots in these before they get taken!

American Studies: Andrew Delbanco, Foundations of American Literature

Anthropology: Rosalind Morris, Mythology

Art History: Rosalyn Deutsche

Astronomy and Physics: Jacqueline Van Gorkom, Beyond the Solar System

Biology: Solomon Mowshowitz, Immunology

Biology: Nataliya Galafiankis, General Physiology

Chemistry: James Leighton, Organic Chemistry

Civil Engineering: Jose Sanchez, Engineering Graphics

Classics: Gareth Williams, Selections From Latin Literature: Horace

Core: Mark Lilla, Lit Hum; CC

Core: Richard Sacks, Lit Hum; CC

E3B: Jill Shapiro, Explorations in Primate Anatomy

Economics: Xavier Sala-I-Martin, Intermediate Macroeconomics

Economics: Sunil Gulati, Principles of Economics

Electrical Engineering: David Vallancourt, Intro to Electrical Engineering; Digital Information Era

English: James Shapiro, Shakespeare II, Shakespearean Poetry

English: Erik Gray, Victorian Poetry, Romantic Poetry

English: Nicholas Dames, The Victorian Novel

English: Edward Mendelson, Critical Reading, Critical Writing

English: Brent Edwards, Jazz and the Literary Imagination

English: Stephen Massimilla, Modernist British Fiction

History: Alan Brinkley, America since 1945

History: David Rosner, Social History of American Public Health

History: Kenneth Jackson, History of the City of New York

History: Samuel Roberts, Race, Technology and Health in US History

History: Eric Foner, United States in the Era of Civil War and Reconstruction

Linguistics: John McWhorter, Intro to Linguistics

Mathematics: Mu-Tao Wang, Differentiable Manifolds

Mathematics: Dave Bayer, Linear Algebra

Philosophy: Christia Mercer

Physics: Brian Cole, From Quarks to the Cosmos

Political Science: Andrew Nathan, Chinese Foreign Policy

Psychology: Catherine Monk, Abnormal Psychology

Religion: Peter Awn, Islam

Sociology: Shamus Khan, The Social World

Spanish: Francisco Rosales-Varo, Intermediate Spanish I; Spanish Pragmatics

Visual Arts: Thomas Roma, Photo I

Visual Arts: Jon Kessler, Sculpture II

Visual Arts: Rirkrit Tiravanija

Women’s and Gender Studies: Lila Abu-Lughod, Women and Gender Politics in the Muslim World

Women’s and Gender Studies: Beck Young

Global Core

Anthropology: The Rise of Civilization

Anthropology: Mahmood Mamdani, Major Debates in the Study of Africa

Center for Ethnicity and Race: Intro to Comparative Ethnic Studies

EALAC: Gregory Pflugfelder, Cultural History of Japanese Monsters

Religion: Michael Como, Intro to East Asian Buddhism

Think we missed a course? Let us know in the comments below!

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  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous another class to add: US History 1940-1975 with Mark Carnes

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Rebecca Bauman – Beg. Italian.

    It’s a great way to pick up 4 credits with the nicest person in the entire school’s faculty.

    1. Italian Major says:

      @Italian Major Not even just Rebecca – it’s like their entire department is made of Awesome People.

      1. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous Barbara Spinelli, Savannah Cooper Ramsay, Elizabeth Leake, all AMAZING. love love love the Ital. dept.

  • ugh says:

    @ugh van gorkum is a BITCH and her accent is completely unintelligible. skip it

  • Some Barnard Love says:

    @Some Barnard Love Mona el-Ghobashy in Poli Sci, Reacting to the Past with Mark Carnes, Kim Marten in Poli Sci, Rosalind Rosenberg in History, and Philip Usher in French or Comp Lit. All superb experiences.

  • Anonymous says:


  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous I took Shapiro’s Shakespeare courses in 1993, and loved them–glad he’s still going strong.

  • dickens thackeray and eliot says:

    @dickens thackeray and eliot Nicholas Dames FTW.

  • bio nerd says:

    @bio nerd racaniello’s virology is fantastic! next semester, though.

    1. other bio nerd says:

      @other bio nerd I know who you are, racaniello fan boy

  • Yes says:

    @Yes Also, he’s taught Horace last semester. This semester is Ovid.

    1. Yes says:

      @Yes he*

      Also, Dave Bayer is teaching Combinatorics this semester, and Mu-Tao Wang is on sabbatical.

  • Engineer says:

    @Engineer Mechanics – 1
    Instructor – Jim Hone.
    Nice guy makes engineering fun and the class is entertaining…..

  • Its great satire says:

    @Its great satire Classics: Gareth Williams, Selections From Latin Literature: Horace

    but be prepared to get a B+ in discernment and learn the importance of smiling to yourself instead of laughing out loud

  • PHYSICS says:


  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous hey look, we’re bwog and we look at CULPA

  • John McWhorter says:

    @John McWhorter Is the bamfest thing on campus.

  • rachel says:

    @rachel Deutsche is FANTASTIC. highly rec.

  • cici says:

    @cici shamus khan isn’t teaching this year.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous False. Foner is teaching a grad seminar on civil war and reconstruction this semester, but not the standard lecture “US in the Era of Civil War and Reconstruction” that’s open to undergrads. Way to give us false hope, bwog.

  • First says:

    @First Sala-i-Martin’s blazers FTW

    He once had a quote like: “Body-builders have an obsession with making their arms, legs, and shoulders bigger, with hopes that it will makes EVERYTHING seem bigger. Unfortunately, when they take someone home with them… it’s not bigger. It actually seems smaller by comparison.” This was analogous to the importance of tech in a country’s economic development.

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