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The Herald’s shopping schedule: Science, literature, movie-making and dance

As shopping period goes into full swing, The Herald shares a selection of six spring 2024 courses — from performing arts to applied math — that are favorites in the newsroom.

APMA 1740: “Recent Applications of Probability and Statistics” is for those whose hearts leap for beautiful theorems, with topics ranging from statistical mechanics to theoretical machine learning. According to the Critical Review, Professor of Applied Mathematics Stuart Geman is a “walking legend” and a “fantastic instructor.”

Classes meet Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 2 to 2:50 p.m. in Friedman Hall.

BIOL 1530: “Emergency Medical Systems: An Anatomy of Critical Performance” offers 20 students an opportunity to learn more about trauma care and shadow health professionals in an emergency department. The course will also dive into topics such as medical malpractice, crisis focused medical ethics and interpersonal violence. According to the course description, the class has created “a transformative experience for more than 30 years and will continue to foster new perspectives and ideas for every student who participates.”

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Class meets Wednesdays from 3 to 5:30 p.m. in Smith-Buonanno Hall. 

COLT 0710Z: “Comedy from Athens to Hollywood” explores the evolution of comedy over millennia of human creativity. The course examines texts from “Twelfth Night” to “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” allowing students the opportunity not only to read informative (and often hilarious) texts, but also to watch comedy films — all while offering a WRIT credit.

Classes meet Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 to 10:50 a.m. in the Center for Information Technology.

HMAN 1971S: “Introduction to iPhone/iPad Moviemaking Using 3-D and 360 VR Comparisons'' is ideal for those who want to be snubbed at the next Oscars. The course teaches students to build no-budget, live-action films with their smartphones and enables them to become “full-fledged members of the film industry virtually overnight,” according to the course’s description. Students will also experiment with low-cost tools like selfie sticks to film their creative masterpieces. 

Classes meet on Tuesdays from 4 to 6:30 p.m. in Pembroke Hall. 

MDVL 0360: “Medieval Bodies: Medieval Perspectives” transports students back to the days of yore — or, in particular, the Middle Ages. Class content delves into religion, politics, science and literature to offer students a new perspective on old understandings of human bodies and sexuality.

Classes meet Mondays from 3 to 5:30 p.m. in Salomon Center.

TAPS 1341: “Introduction to Ballet” is the perfect course for students who want to get their pirouette on! With no prior dance experience required, students can expect to increase their coordination and build their flexibility while developing “a deeper appreciation for ballet in the context of the liberal arts,” according to the course’s description.

Classes meet on Tuesday and Thursday from 2 to 3:50 p.m. in the (flashy, new) Lindemann Performing Arts building.

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Samantha Chambers

Samantha is a University News editor who oversees the Affinity & Activism beat. She is a sophomore from Tampa, Florida concentrating in Sociology. In her free time, Samantha likes to cook and watch Survivor.


Jennifer Shim

Jennifer Shim is a University News editor overseeing the staff and student labor beat. She is a sophomore studying Applied Math-Economics. Outside of The Herald, you can find her playing NYT Connections.



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