For those of you who set 7am alarms this morning to get an edge on SCORE’s reopening, here’s a look at some of the most sought-after classes for the fall of 2010. (Note: For our purposes, we’re omitting the six introductory/prerequisite courses with the highest enrollment, including CHM303, PSY207, ECO100, SOC101, PSY101 and PHI203. These courses receive record enrollment numbers every year, primarily due to their status as required department prerequisites).
REL261: Christian Ethics and Modern Society
Professor: Eric S. Gregory
Enrollment 178 (as of 9:30 am)
With enrollment at 158 last fall, this course promises to engage students with some of the major debates and conflicts of “Christian ideals of conduct, character, and community.” The course tackles major questions such as “Are Christian virtues and principles fundamentally at odds with the ethos of liberal democracy oriented toward rights, equality, and freedom?” We can see why over 178 students are eager to join Professor Gregory in pursuit of the examined life.
HIS380: The United States and World Affairs
Professor: Bradley R. Simpson
Enrollment 176 (as of 9:30 am)
When Professor Paul Miles GS ’99 taught this reputed class for the last time in the spring of 2008, the 220-enrollment limit was filled within five minutes of SCORE’s opening, leaving forty-five students on the course’s waitlist. Despite the fact that Miles—a professor whose “offbeat sense of humor” was cited as the main attraction of the course—will not be teaching it next year, the popularity of HIS380 endures.
SOC205: Sociology From E Street: Bruce Springsteen’s America
Professor: Mitchell Duneier
Enrollment 170 (as of 9:30 am)
This class is among the few Springsteen courses to spring up at Princeton. With final enrollment at 246 last fall, this course promises to be a fun exploration into the sociology of music, complete with in-class interviews and a requisite field trip to Atlantic City!
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