Help Me Decide My Future
That's a pretty heavy request, huh?
On Wednesday, I will register for Winter term classes. So far, I have these three lined up as fairly for-sure classes that I will be taking:
- PR Writing (for my journalism major- it's required)
- Resource Development for Non-Profit Organizations (which is a fancy way of saying "fundraising" - it's required for my Non-Profit minor)
- Sociology of Religion (for my potential Religious Studies major/minor, depending on how many classes I can get through in the next 5 terms)
Now. Here is the important, crucial, life-altering decision that I must make.
Do I want to fulfill my science requirement and take Astronomy 121 (The Solar System) or do I want to take the not-required, non-essential but uber-interesting English 199 (Special Study: JRR Tolkein)? The classes are at the exact same time. You see my conundrum?
Now, theoretically, I might be able to take Astronomy another term, but there's no guarentee it will fit as nicely into my schedule. But we're talking about Tolkein. Middle Earth. Hobbits. But taking the class will do absolutely nothing to help me graduate. It won't even give me upper division credits. And it would force me to take a class on Friday (with Astronomy, I would have Friday off).
To further aid your decision making process, here are the course summaries:
ENG 199: This course examines the Middle-Earth novels and major scholarly essays of J. R. R. Tolkien. Primarily it asks, what is the relationship between Tolkien’s Middle-Earth fantasy and his profession as a 20th century philologist? In this class students will examine Tolkien’s writing not only as a reflection of its biographical and historical origins, but also as a critique of modern culture. Focusing on close reading and occasionally turning to the films for comparison, we will analyze how the texts situate war, religion, race, gender, technology and ecology, history, aesthetics, ethics, and language.
ASTR 121: Astronomy 121 is an introduction to the Solar System in which we examine how our knowledge base and thinking about the Solar System (and Solar System physics) have evolved over the years.
This is where you come in. I'm taking a vote.
Astronomy or Frodo?
Speak now or forever hold your peace.
(Disclaimer: I am under no obligation to follow through on anyone's opinions. This is merely for educational purposes.)