My Favorite Class This Semester
USC offers a greatly diverse range of courses that can satisfy everything from your fine art credit to your science GE. Students of Marshall have the entirety of USC’s course selection at their disposal when crafting their four year plan–giving them the opportunity for a truly enriched and well-rounded education. Though the WBB plan is a bit more structured than a traditional business administration degree, you still have a lot of options of how you would like to fulfill all your required credits. My favorite class this semester is my freshmen general seminar: Women in Literature and Film. All Marshall students must complete a general seminar, and the options of what seminar to take are endless. The general seminar is a unique opportunity to take a course on a specific subject that you truly enjoy and are passionate about–for me that was gender studies and literature.
I absolutely love the class. As it is a seminar dealing with literature, we read a number of novels and short stories that have particularly strong gender themes. We discuss the beautiful writing style of Toni Morrison, the themes of femininity in Sylvia Plath’s poems, and engage in interesting conversations about the implications of their writing in their respective time periods. My favorite part of the class, however, is the movies we watch as a part of the curriculum. I never viewed classic films like Hitchcock’s Psycho or Kubrick’s The Shining as movies that had a lot to do with gender norms in society, but through our discussions in the seminar my perspective has totally changed. Being able to watch a critically-acclaimed movie as homework and discussing the imagery and what we found interesting about it for class is always a fun perk of the unique classes offered in college.
This seminar is a much needed break from my challenging core business courses while still being a required credit. After wading through my microeconomics and calculus assignments, I get to return to my love of literature and engage in compelling discussions about women society–something I was worried about losing as a business major. Thanks to USC’s diverse course selection, you don’t have to give up your passion for a subject that is the polar opposite of your major. You still have the option to take a quirky, unrelated course–and it may even satisfy a required GE!