Halloween on Franklin Street has come and gone, bringing with it the start of everyone’s favorite time of year. No, I’m not talking about Thanksgiving or the December holidays. It’s finally spring registration season, and if you really are a UNC student (or college student in general), then those words should strike fear into your hearts. Navigating the registration labyrinth is no easy feat, but worry not. Below are some unique classes you need to sign up for at UNC to have a great semester:
1) HBEH 611: Philanthropy as a Tool for Social Change
Offered through the Buckley Public Service Scholars and Carolina Center for Public Service, this application-entry class consists of a board of 16-20 students that form the committee of Impact NC. The committee learns about philanthropy in the modern age, reviews grants from local nonprofits, and awards $10,000 worth of grants to fund local philanthropy projects in the community. Check out their website here: http://ccps.unc.edu/bpss/opportunities/philanthropy-course/impact-nc-grant/
2) POLI 203: Race, Innocence, and the End of the Death Penalty
This course covers every aspect of the death penalty in the United States that you could possibly imagine. It is taught by Professor Frank R. Baumgartner, whose book The Decline of the Death Penalty and the Discovery of Innocence has been considered by the American Political Science Association to be the best book on the U.S. domestic policy.
3) PUBH 420: AIDS—Principles and Policy
This one credit hour Pass/Fail course dives into the social, biological, and medical implications of the AIDS epidemic in America. The course is offered through the schools of Dentistry, Public Health, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Medicine, so it is a great opportunity for non-pre-med students to study a topic within these domains without the pressure of med school.
4) GLBL 381: Great Decisions
This one credit hour Pass/Fail course consists of eight evening lectures and accompanying discussions throughout the semester that cover current issues in foreign policy. Past guests include retired ambassadors to countries such as Syria and the Ukraine and professors from other universities.
5) ASIA 52: Food in Chinese Culture
This first year seminar examines Chinese cinema and literature to learn about the cultural significance of various cooking, drinking, and eating habits. This course covers topics from food rituals to cannibalism and is ideal for any student who has a special place in their heart for food.
6) Chem 70: You Don’t Have to Be a Rocket Scientist
Fear not, non-science majors. Though this first year seminar covers current issues in the scientific community like biomass fuels and alternative energy sources, it can appeal to students of all majors with its analysis of popular science writing, media trends, and the impacts of science on modern American society.
7) Dram 80: Psychology of Clothes: Motivations for Dressing Up and Dressing Down
Though this first year seminar is held through the dramatic arts department, it dives more into the psychology behind dressing habits and clothing customs. This class is a must for anyone interested in psychology, clothing/fashion, or the performing arts in general.