10 Classes to Look Out for in the Spring

As we register for classes next week, the giddiness and excitement of creating a new schedule unfolds. I tend to get more excited about my new classes than my current ones.  Accordingly, I’ve spent the last few weeks browsing the portal as a way to procrastinate. I’ve compiled a list of ten classes worth looking at for next semester. Here are a few facts about the list:

  • First, I tried to include lesser-known departments because I figured people generally hear about classes within departments such as economics and government by word of mouth.
  • For similar reasons, I included classes from across the campuses because, again, I think a lot of students at CMC have already heard about CMC professors.
  • Lastly, I only included professors with a rank of 4.0 or better on ratemyprofessors.com. When provided, I included the professor’s rank.

Any list of this sort is inherently subjective, but I compiled this list based on ratemyprofessors.com, word of mouth, and diversity of subject matter.

Without further ado, here are some classes worth considering when registering in the spring. I don’t expect all of them to pique your interest, but hopefully one or two will catch your eye.

(I’ve organized the list in chronological order starting from M/W/F classes and moving to T/Th classes.)


1. Plant Biotech in Greener World; BIOLO082 (KSD)

Professor Grill (4.4, 5 ratings)

M/W/F 9:00 – 9:50 am

While no one likes to wake up earlier than 10 a.m. on a Friday, “Plant Biotech in Greener World,” offered at the Keck Science Department, might get you out of bed in the morning. The reading material includes a book called Guns, Germs, and Steel and another called Genetically Modified Planet. If you are at all interested in environmentalism and biotechnology, this class is for you. You just have to be willing to wake up early three days a week. Based on this professor’s ratings and the reading material of the class, I’d say it’s worth it.


2. Political Philosophy; PHIL033 (CMC)

Professor Schroeder (N/A)

M/W/F 11:00 – 11:50 a.m.

The fact that Professor Schroeder does not have a rating on rankmyprofessors.com should not worry you. He won the Glenn R. Huntoon, Jr., Teaching Award in 2011 after only teaching for a year at CMC. His students swear by his brilliance and passion for philosophy. This class is perfect for those of you who still need to fulfill a philosophy GE or just want another engaging class. Professor Schroeder won’t disappoint.


3. U.S. Gay and Lesbian History; HIST128 (CMC)

Professor Selig (4.7, 16 ratings)

M/W 12 – 1:10 p.m.

Professor Selig’s passion for history makes her classes extremely enjoyable and accessible. I am currently enrolled in her “Women and Politics in America”, and she has assigned some of the most interesting reading I’ve ever encountered in a college class. Professor Selig is warm, friendly, passionate, and down to earth. This class is becoming particularly relevant with the current political discussion on gay rights. This fulfills both a History GE and a Women and Gender Studies sequence class, and it also serves as a great elective.


4. Introduction to Sociology; SOC051 (Pomona)

Professor Ochoa (5.0, 6 ratings)

M/W 1:15 – 2:30 p.m.

Her 5.0 rating speaks for itself, but beyond that, Professor Ochoa focuses on a very interesting research area. On Pomona’s faculty website, she discussed her research areas: “My work draws from the areas of Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies, sociology, education, and Gender/Women’s Studies to explore community issues.” While CMC does not require Sociology classes, this serves as a great elective.


5. Introduction to Creative Writing; ENG030 (Pitzer)

Professor Armendinger (5.0, 4 ratings)

M/W 1:15 – 2:30 p.m.

The creative writing classes I have taken at CMC have been some of my favorite courses in college. Unfortunately, neither of the professors with whom I took creative writing are teaching intro level courses in the spring, but Professor Armendinger’s glowing reviews make him a good person to take a class with. Introduction to Creative Writing is fun, engaging, and interesting. Aside from writing, I also really enjoyed reading my peers' stories as well as reading published short stories and poems. It's definitely worth taking if you have even a remote interest in reading and writing.


6. Food, Land, and the Environment; EA085, EA190 (Pomona)

Professor Hazlett (4.9, 8 ratings)

M 700 – 9:50 p.m.

TR 1:15 – 4:00 p.m.

Professor Hazlett teaches two sections of this class, probably because it is so popular. I don't need to expand on much after telling you his ratings and the course title. Professor Hazlett seems to be a big honcho in the Environmental Analysis department at Pomona. I’m not sure what the availability of this class is to non-Pomona students, but it’s definitely worth looking into if this class catches your eye.


7. Anthropology of the Middle East; ANTH025 (Scripps)

Professor Deeb (4.8, 2 ratings)

W 2:45 – 5:30 p.m.

I personally love seminar classes, and with a Wednesday seminar, you could have no Monday classes if you plan your schedule right. With everything going on in the Middle East, this class is extremely timely. While Anthropology seems like a foreign subject to a lot of us at CMC, it fuses a lot of humanities and can help us understand the current climate in the Middle East.


8. Secularism: Local/Global; SOC080 (Pitzer)

Professor Zuckerman (4.4, 29 ratings)

T/Th 9:35 – 10:50 p.m.

Everyone I’ve talked to at Pitzer has recommended Professor Zuckerman. Teaching in the Sociology Department, Professor Zuckerman has research interests including secularism, atheism, and Scandinavian culture. If you’ve ever been interested in secularism, this is the guy to learn from.


9. Reagan’s America: the 1980s; HIST144 (CMC)

Professor Geismer (4.3, 5 ratings)

T/Th 9:35 – 10:50 p.m.

Professor Geismer joined CMC’s faculty just a few years ago, and she’s already making a great name for herself in the History department. Countless friends have recommended her, and her Reagan’s America class offers insight into American culture during the 1980s. Whether you love Reagan or hate him, here is your opportunity to learn more about him.


10. Children’s Literature; RLST152 (Pomona)

Eisenstat (4.1, 8 ratings)

T/Th 1:15 – 2:30 p.m.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is on the reading list. I don’t really know what else to say.

But I’ll say more. A ton of my friends at Pomona recommended taking a religious studies class with Professor Eisenstat, any class, because she is such a great professor. I looked at her courses for next semester, and this one caught my eye. And then I looked at the reading list. Aside from Harry Potter, books include Tuck Everlasting, Peter Pan, Where the Wild Things Are, Harriet the Spy, The Story of Babar, The Giver, and many more. I’m not quite sure how this ties into religious studies, but I am excited to find out.