Seeing the freshmen makes me feel old, which is pathetic because I’m only a sophomore. Being a sophomore isn’t that much different from being a freshmen except now I’m starting to like my classes a lot more! My classes are becoming to be more specific to my major and it makes everything a lot more interesting. To stick with tradition this will be the blog that I post explaining every class I’m taking. I did two of these for my freshmen year and plan to do the same this year!
SW 266 – Media Literacy
This class is a requirement for my communications major. I really like it so far because it’s interesting to learn about society through media, and see how it affects us everyday. Plus it has to do with my major so I automatically like it.
PCA 241 – Music In Action
This class is for my CORE curriculum at Butler. I’ve done a lot of blogs about the CORE, so if you are not sure what that is you can check out one of those blogs. This class is entertaining just because my professor is funny. It also is reminding me of my days back in middle school playing violin. This class goes into detail about music particularly classical music and where it all started from. It’s really interesting, but I’m glad I only have to be in it for one semester.
COM 101 – Public Speaking
There’s an extremely long title to this class, but it should be just called Public Speaking. This is also a requirement for my major. My professor is new to Butler, which is cool because she’s taught at larger schools and I think she brings a new perspective to our class and campus. She’s also extremely entertaining so I feel like for a class that could have been boring she has turned into a class that I love going to everyday.
STR 222 – Principles of Strategic Communications
This is for my major as well! It’s exciting because I am finally in the beginning classes towards my major. So far this class is extremely interesting. We have been talking about advertising and how it affects our lives, but eventually we will also look into Public Relations. It’s more of a general class of strat comm, but it’s pretty exciting to go from exploratory to now finally being in major classes.
SP 101 – Beginning Spanish
Yes I am in beginning Spanish. In high school I took French and Japanese and now I need a language for my major so I figured I should do Spanish. I’ve never taken Spanish in my life unless you count the three week rotation in middle school where we tried to see if we liked it or not, in which case I chose French. I really do miss French, but I don’t see how it will help me in the long run so that is why I chose Spanish. I hate the time of this class (Tuesdays/Thursdays 6-740 PM), but I’m excited to be taking a language class again. I love languages!
So that’s my schedule for this semester. It’s the last semester of my CORE classes except for my GHS. It’s weird to think that I am already done with CORE! Hopefully this means more classes for my major next semester!
As many of you know Butler freshmen always take class photo during their Welcome Week. Here’s the Class of 2016 pictures based off their theme this year!
After recruitment craziness,and joining Pi Beta Phi, it’s back to real life. This week has not been that bad so far. I’m really looking forward to all my classes. Here’s a little breakdown to what I’m taking this semester!
Natural World: Plants & Society
Natural World is part of the core curriculum here at Butler. I figure I should get all of my core out of the way since I am still undecided. The basic word for my class would be botany. I’m really excited for this class just because of how much I will be learning about plants, and also the fact that we get to do a project with the Indianapolis school for blind and deaf students. That is for our ICR (Indianapolis Community Requirement). The ICR is something you need in order to graduate as well and is a service learning project you do in one of your classes!
This is also a core class for me. Before you graduate you must have a physical well being class or PWB. My first class of ballet will be tomorrow and I’m really excited but also really nervous!
Intro to Arts Administration
I am taking this class because I think I may be interested in the major of Arts Administration. So far I have really enjoyed this class. Then again I have only had two days worth of this class, so it will be interesting to see what happens as the semester goes on.
Intro to News Writing
This is a class I am taking because it is something I must take to further advance into the Public Relations world at Butler. I have only had one class of this so far and it seemed really interesting so I can’t wait to see what I will learn and gain from this class.
FYS: Science and Sustainability
FYS is another core it stands for Freshmen Year Seminar. Usually your FYS does not change, but my last FYS was only a semester long so I had to get a new one. This class seems really interesting so far, and is about the environment, sustainability, and the going green movement.
Analytical Reasoning: Win, Lose or Draw
This is my math class, and is also another core. I’m really excited because I am terrible at math, but this class shows how math is used in board games! I am excited to just play games, but learn math at the same time!
I’m taking 17 credits this semester so everyone wish me luck considering last semester I only took 14. Also I know I spoke a lot about the core curriculum. Click here if you want to know more information about this!
Also for all of you that just received your applications congratulations and welcome to BU! Here’s a video to show the long process that goes about accepting all of you!
A lot of people I know have declared their major. Their advising appointments go more along the lines of, “You need this for your major, and well you don’t have time for that core credit so you will have to take that later.” My advising appointments go more like this, “So what are you interested in now? Oh, it looks like next semester you will be done with all your core.”
Maybe I am getting a bit ahead of myself. Let me explain what I mean by Core. Butler University has a core curriculum. Being a liberal arts school we are considered to be more well rounded by taking all different sorts of classes even if they do not relate to our major. I’ll try and give a brief description of the core, but there is a lot involved with it! The main aspects of the core are:
- Physical Well Being
- Natural World
- Perspectives in the Creative Arts
- Text & Ideas
- The Social World
- Analytical Reasoning
Those are the main six, there is also FYS (Freshmen Year Seminar), which you must take as a freshman, and then also Global & Historical Studies (GHS) that you must take as a sophomore. The core may seem annoying to some, but I love it because they are probably classes I would have never taken had I gone to a bigger university. Currently how I am covering my core is taking Sex Gender & Sexuality in Japan (Social World Credit), Religions of the World (Text & Ideas Credit), and Helen of Troy (FYS).
The book for my FYS!
Next semester I plan to take Codes & Secret Messages (Analytical Reasoning Credit), Intro to Ballet (Physical Well Being Credit), and Intro to Visual Arts (Perspective in the Creative Arts Credit). I am so excited! I am still trying to figure out my major, but with all these core it’s helping me see things that I thought I may not be interested in.
Also, everyone keeps posting this video everywhere on Facebook, now I know why…