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Bwog thought partial derivatives were taught in kindergarten?

Bwog thought partial derivatives were taught in kindergarten?

Spring 2014 class registration is nigh upon us, and if you are like Bwog, then you are furiously checking the directory/CULPA/your friends’ grades for the perfect classes. Bwog has complied a list of our top favorite picks. Please leave your own in the comments below.

American Studies: Andrew Delbanco, Foundations of American Literature

Comparative Literature: Liza Knapp, Tolstoy and Dostoevsky

Comparative Literature: Liza Knapp, Dostoevsky,Tolstoy & the English Novel

Comparative Literature: Bruce Robbins, Modern Comparative Fiction

Computer Science: Adam Cannon, Intro to Computer Science/Programming in Java

Economics: Lena Edlund, Gender and Applied Economics

Economics: Francesco Brindisi, Economics of NYC

English: Erik Gray, Victorian Poetry

English: Erik Gray, Romantic Poetry

English: Michael Golston, 20th Century Poetry

Ethnicity and Race: Elizabeth Ouyang, Post 9/11 Immigration Policy

Ethnicity and Race: Elizabeth Ouyang, Comp Study of Constitutional Challenges

History: Eric Foner, Reconstruction in Civil War

History: Barbara Fields, History of the South

History: Anders Stephanson, US Foreign Policy 1890-1990

History: Lisa Tiersten, Colonial Encounters

Industrial and Mechanical Engineering: Michael J Massimino, Introduction to Humans in Space Flight

Linguistics: John Mcwhorter, Introduction to Linguistics

Writing: Margo L Jefferson, The Modern Arts Writer

Writing: Cris Beam, The Literary Reporter

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  • Anon says:

    @Anon Precolombian histories of native America with severin fowles

  • CC'16 says:

    @CC'16 y u gotta publicize all the classes already on my list…

  • BIO! says:

    @BIO! Mowsh Bio!

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous You’ve got to be kidding me with this list

  • I'm different says:

    @I'm different What about all the great math classes we can take?

    1. Anonamoose says:

      @Anonamoose Modern Algebra with Friedman! It was certainly an experience, but well worth it.

      1. Munna Uppal says:

        @Munna Uppal @Anonamoose:

        Friedman’s Algebra is a great class, but is not being offered by him this year. If you still want Friedman though and have already taken algebra, do representation theory this spring.

        1. Anonamoose says:

          @Anonamoose Been waiting to take that class since last Spring when I found out he was teaching it!

      2. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous Best class I took in college, hands down. Bob Friedman is the man!!

      3. anand4life says:

        @anand4life I haven’t had Friedman, but Anand Deopurkar is teaching Modern Algebra this year and he is the best professor I have had at Columbia. Any class taught by him should be on this list…

  • Anon says:

    @Anon Cannon seriously? He can’t teach.

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous cannon is a boss, blame your own futile mind for your cs failures

      1. Anon says:

        @Anon I’m pretty sure I’m not alone when I say that the textbook’s way clearer than his convoluted explanations (and sometimes random temper tantrums in class)

    2. bitter table for 1 says:

      @bitter table for 1 Finally, someone gets it. This man is awful. The only people who like him are those that either 1. have had extensive experience in computer science prior to coming to Columbia (those on the hunt for an easy A) or 2. have their assignments sent out to professionals

      The man is incompetent

      1. says: I was lucky if I could bold something using HTML before taking Cannon’s class, and I got an A in 1004. So…maybe work a little bit harder next time? kthnx.

        1. Anon says:

          @Anon That’s because the class is easy as shit. But cannon does a shit job of teaching it.

  • Anon says:

    @Anon More science and math classes come on. There are some kick ass Calc classes, really wonderful computer science ones.

  • Seriously? says:

    @Seriously? Neither Econ class is being offered this spring. I would not be surprised if that is true for some of the other classes here as well. Thanks a lot, Bwog. Very helpful for seniors.

    1. yeah says:

      @yeah several of the English/American Studies classes listed are to my knowledge only offered in the fall…

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Way too many humanities classes.

    Intro to higher mathematics, Andrew Obus

    1. woodburyiscooltoo says:

      @woodburyiscooltoo I took it with Woodbury, who is teaching it next semester, and I highly recommend it with him too.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous @Seriously?: nor is the writing class with Cris Beam.

  • anon says:

    @anon anyone have any good suggestions for comp. lit classes? i can’t take the liza knapp classes (unavoidable class conflict) and would love some suggestions. Thanks!

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous i don’t know if you mean in the comp lit department or in the english dept, but i loooved nicholas dames, 19th century european novel

  • clearly clueless says:

    @clearly clueless I literally dont understand how a math class can be good.

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous i literally cannot even

  • i'm a non-humanities major says:

    @i'm a non-humanities major wow humanities are soooo lame. comp sci/math/science is special and difficult and way cooler.

  • yo says:

    @yo where the global cores at?

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous INTRO TO BOLLYWOOD, MAN

      1. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous Wael Hallaq is where global core is at. Islamic Texts or Central Questions in Islamic law. D o I T!

  • Former Gender and Applied Economics Student says:

    @Former Gender and Applied Economics Student Er, Bwog, what are your sources? Because Lena’s cray

    1. Yep... says:

      @Yep... I’m in the class now and she/it is an utter disaster. AVOID AT ALLLLL COSTS.

  • : ( says:

    @: ( this title though

  • No one excep the majors know says:

    @No one excep the majors know that DEES is actually the best department this school has… Take EESC 2100 with Gisela Winckler and Mingfang Ting and get acquainted.

    1. deez says:

      @deez solid earth w/ sid and steve!!!

  • so lazy says:

    @so lazy What about the easiest classes in Columbia/Barnard?
    Feeling like we need a list of those…

    1. Feel You says:

      @Feel You Looking for classes where you don’t actually have to show up and just need to take the tests! help

    2. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous erm the easiest classes at columbia are barnard

      1. lol, son, says:

        @lol, son, you better watch your back

      2. BC '14 says:

        @BC '14 @Anonymous: lol is that a joke


    @BREAKING NEWS This just in: in a self-selected, statistically similar group of people, students reveal that they like THEIR MAJORS better than all other majors and FOR SOME REASON seem to think that it is the BEST MAJOR AT THIS ACADEMIC INSTITUTION. Other people in their majors AGREE. People in other departments…DISAGREE. Clearly, further study is required. Someone get the Scientists on the phone.

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous oh, relax

  • YES says:


    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous Except he’s only teaching that class in the fall…COME ON BWOG, HELP A SENIOR OUTTT

  • YES says:


  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous any good polisci class?

    1. Poli Sci '14 says:

      @Poli Sci '14 Blattman’s Political Economy of Development class is fun if you want something more on the practical side.

  • Anonymous says:


    1. Myshkin says:

      @Myshkin Literally the best professor of all time.

    2. alum says:

      @alum liza knapp is the reason you go to columbia

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous HUMAN SPECIES – PROF. SHAPIRO . it will change your life

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous ^ and (possibly) your GPA

      1. HCE says:

        @HCE But it’s an incredible course!! This class made me feel absolutely exhilarated about learning, which I haven’t always experienced at Columbia. Jill Shapiro could talk about ANYTHING and it would be riveting. She takes no bullshit, but she is kind and brilliant, and she will go out of her way to help you if you ask for it. Yeah, it may affect your GPA (if worst comes to worst, just pass/fail@), but honestly, this is the kind of class I came to Columbia to take, and the kind of professor I came to Columbia to learn from. DO NOT miss out!

      2. anonymouse says:

        @anonymouse I got an -A with minimal studying and cramming the day before the two tests. You can absolutely succeed in that class, as the material is not complex, she literally tells you everything you need to know during lecture, and the tests are without surprises. Also she’s the best.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous I really liked OuYang’s class, but I don’t think you can recommend her because her grades are completely random (or, sorry, but really determined by your race/politics).

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