The Classes I’m Taking in College Fall, 2019+Books

I know what you’re thinking: “Stop talking about your college and get back to your reading blog.” Well, I’m sorry, but with two days left before classes start, it’s pretty much all I’m thinking of. I have even slowed down my reading a bit in preparation. However, don’t worry, for the next few weeks I will try not to talk about college too much, I promise!

Saying that, I thought it might be fun to share with you the classes I’m taking this semester. I’m taking five classes, thirteen credits. Most of them are more general classes, though I do have two history courses (for those who didn’t read my announcement for going back to college, I’m a history major). So, let’s get into my classes!

Beginning Chinese I

The title is pretty explanatory. I have been studying Chinese on my own for the last few months, but since I’m required to take two years of a language for my degree, I thought it would be great to study Chinese in a more formal setting.

I’ve already got the two books required for the class (a textbook and a workbook) and they look to follow the same introduction that I’ve used before (I mainly use Living Languages and Duolingo). Also, I read some reviews of the teacher and she sounds amazing!

University Chorus

This class is not required, and I decided to sign up for it last minute. I have been involved in choirs for years. When I was a teen, I was part of church youth choir and during my first time in college I was in college choir for a year. However, in the four years since I left college, I haven’t sung much.

So I’m excited to take this lighter class, though I’ve been restarting to sing every day to get my voice back into shape. I’m amazed how you stop singing a few years and your voice sounds horrible (especially the breathing)! For those who are curious, I’m a mezzo soprano (it’s slightly higher than an alto, but not as high as a soprano).

Comparative Non-Western Cultures: Music

This class fills one of my required electives. I’m a massive fan of listening to music around the world (like traditional Chinese instruments or Peruvian folk music), so I’m excited to take this class. It’s also online, so I don’t have to go into a real classroom. I used to be completely against taking online courses, but I found it was really useful to have one or two classes online each semester, because you can schedule your time easier.

Saying that, I know very little of this course, so I’m going into it pretty blind.

Western Civilization to 1500

This is possibly the class I am most excited for, especially since I got my books. It focuses on the history of western civilization from the beginning up until 1500. Besides a massive textbook, I will be reading three books this semester, one of which I’ve already read: The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli (this is the one I’ve read), The Song of Roland translated by Dorothy L. Sayers, and The Selected Works of Cicero. These all cover very different parts of history, and all of them I’ve wanted to read before.

Also, I checked up on the professor teaching this class, and he is an expert in medieval history. Apparently, he’s super brilliant, making me even more excited to take this class from him.

The West and the World Since 1500

This is the second history class I’m taking this semester, and unfortunately I was forced to take it online because none of the other times worked into my schedule. Also, the teacher seems…interesting (one of the articles he wrote was called “Social Science, Gender Theory and the History of Hair”, which could be super interesting or just weird), so I’m not sure how much I will enjoy this class.

However, the textbook looks interesting and the other book we are reading this semester is All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque, which I’ve heard amazing things about. And I find online courses to be rather easy, so I’m not too worried about this class.

That’s all!

Do any of these classes look interesting to you? Did you take any similar courses to these if you went to college? Any advice for me? Let me know your thoughts down in the comments, follow my blog for more musings and, as always,

Best wishes in your life full of adventure,

Madame Writer

15 thoughts on “The Classes I’m Taking in College Fall, 2019+Books

  1. All your classes seem interesting to me, too! – especially Western Civilisations to and from 1500. Lots of luck from me and I hope you enjoy them greatly!

    I am also impressed that you study Chinese. It must be a very difficult language to learn. I have been studying Japanese on my own for some months (on and off to be completely honest), and I am still struggling with the alphabets. I am also learning some Kanji characters which are Chinese characters adopted by Japanese.

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    1. Thank you! I’m finding learning to speak Chinese is relatively easy, because the sentence structure is straight-forward. But learning to read it with all the Chinese characters is impossible, just like with Kanji characters in Japanese.


  2. Fabulous courses, so interesting! Hope you post a video of your choir singing. And on the subject of hair, I’ve touched briefly on this in my travels and hair can be forensically tested for all sorts of things throughout history because, in good conditions, it never fully disintegrates…or maybe he has something else in mind… 🙂

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  3. I hope you have a lot of fun in college. All I will say is be judicious in what you study. Far too often people pick a major only to find out it gives them no valuable skills in the workplace.

    Also, it’s great that you’re reading All Quiet on the Western Front! I love that book, and it’s probably one of the biggest literary influences in my writing. I know you’ll enjoy it. 🙂

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    1. I agree. The first time I went to college I did that, where I picked a major just because I liked it, not because it would give me useful training for a job. I learned that lesson the hard way. But I’m excited to read All Quiet on the Western Front. It’s been on my TBR for years, so I’m happy to be reading it for one of my classes.

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