It's a good idea to choose some small classes so that you have chances to express your ideas and respond to others'. Although places in upper-level seminars are often given first to students in the major, who are usually juniors or seniors, don't hesitate to try for a place in a seminar that interests you. Just keep in mind as you plan your course schedule that you cannot count on finding a place in a seminar. Make sure you have a backup plan.
Some departments have a fall-term deadline to register for seminars in the spring and a spring-term deadline to register for seminars in the fall. Check with the office of the DUS or the departmental Web site for deadlines.
Some seminars are designed for both freshmen and sophomores, and a few are for sophomores only. Specifics appear below.
Special seminars for sophomores
Enrollment in the following seminars is limited to sophomores.
*PLSC 169, Classics of World Politics
Bruce Russett T 1:30–3:20
Examination of classic political theory from Thucydides to the present. Attention to historical context and contemporary relevance.
*PLSC 282, The Idea of Power
Christopher Lebron M 1:30–3:20
An intensive survey of the theoretical literature on power. Questions such as how to identify the sociopolitical manifestations of power that exert influence in society; when power is legitimate; and the relationship between power and injustice.
*ENGL 246, Introduction to Verse Writing
*MATH 101, Geometry of Nature
*MCDB 109, Immunity and Contagion
*PHYS 101, Movie Physics
*PSYC 129, Statistics as a Way of Knowing
*SCIE 141, Science and Pseudoscience
*SOCY 121, The Sociological Imagination