Now that I’ve completed my first week of classes, I’d like to think I have a pretty good idea of what to expect for the rest of the semester. I thought I would post my predictions here so that I can come back to them in May and let you all know if I was right!
Anthropology 2202H: Intro to Cultural Anthropology
I took another anthropology class a few semesters ago and really enjoyed it, so I’m hoping I like this class too! So far we’ve just covered the basics, like the different types of anthropology, but the syllabus says we’ll be discussing topics like language, politics, and religion across cultures, which I’m looking forward to. However, it does seem like it has the potential to become very complex, so I’ll have to make sure I stay on top of the textbook readings…
Speech and Hearing Science 4520: Intro to Speech-Language Pathology
I’m pretty excited about this class! After spending many semesters taking classes in speech and hearing science like phonetics, language acquisition, and anatomy and physiology of speech, it’s fun to see it all come together in a class about speech-language pathology as a profession. Although I’m more interested in audiology than speech-language pathology, I still enjoy learning about what speech pathologists do. The professor is planning to bring in several guest speakers to talk about what they do as speech-language pathologists, and it will be interesting to hear from them. I’ve also had the professor for an earlier speech and hearing class, and she was great, so I’m glad to have her again.
History 3016: The Contemporary U.S. Since 1963
I can already tell that this class will be a lot of work! Although we don’t have a textbook for the class, we have many documentaries we’re assigned to watch, and several primary sources posted online to read. In addition, we have several papers due throughout the semester. Luckily, I’m pretty interested in learning about this time period, so hopefully I’ll enjoy all of the work, but I have a feeling I’ll be spending many, many hours per week on it.
Speech and Hearing Science 4540: Intro to Audiology
I’ve been looking forward to this class for ages, and even the introductory lecture on the first day of class made me excited. We’re going to be talking about how types of hearing loss people can experience, how audiologists can test for it, and how they can help people who do have a hearing loss. This is what I hope to do someday, so it’s great to be learning so much about it. And the professor has lots of experience as an audiologist that he’s been sharing with us, which is great as well. I hope this class continues to be as interesting as it has been this week!
Fun fact: Senator Elizabeth Warren was also a speech and hearing science major in undergrad! (