Captivating Courses

Recently as I have been applying to jobs, I have spent a great deal of time looking over my transcripts.  As a school on the quarter system, we have the privilege of taking almost fifty different classes throughout our time here.  This inspired me to share some of my favorite classes that I have taken at DePaul over the years:

LSP 111: Explore Chicago Dancing  

If you are a first-quarter freshman at DePaul, you will definitely answer the question—Explore or Discover at least 20 times.  I took Explore Chicago Dancing, which meant that I did not experience Immersion Week, but I did see many diverse dance performances throughout Chicago.  Though Discover wraps up in Week 8, I was exploring The Joffrey Ballet around Week 10, which was an exciting break from the stress of finals! 

LSP 112: Harry Potter: Welcome to Hogwarts

Similar to Explore/Discover, first-year students are required to take a focal point on a topic of their choice to strengthen their writing skills.  As a long-time Harry Potter fanatic, this was hands down my favorite course at DePaul.  We read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone together, but then we switched to texts that analyzed the series through the theoretical lenses of philosophy, psychology, religion, and capitalism.

ENG 211: Grammar and Style

Ok, now I am letting my English teacher nerd show.  While I recognize that the name of this course may sound like your personal nightmare, I loved this class.  It broke down the complexities of the English language and related its parts to the beauty of literature.  While the tests were difficult, the knowledge was incredibly useful as it made me further analyze my own way of writing.

CTH 248: Contemporary Moral Issues: Happiness

As you may or may not know, DePaul has a religious studies requirement.  However, that does not mean you need to study the principles of the Catholic faith.  There are a variety of courses that fit this requirement, including this course all about happiness.  Combining philosophy, psychology, and religion with social-emotional learning, this class helped me get through a difficult junior year.  Another perk…it was an online course, which meant I only had to attend three classes that quarter.

ENG 350: Modern British Literature

This upper-level English course was the most enjoyable of my literary concentration.  We read a novel every week including The Magic Toyshop, The End of the Affair, and Atonement and though the pace was quick, I genuinely enjoyed everything that we read.  The professor was also super passionate, allowing the class to give their opinion before analysis, which definitely helped the entire class be more involved in the weekly reading.

LSI 346: Mainstreaming Strategies

This education class allowed me to discover and implement differentiation strategies to allow students of all ability levels and learning styles to flourish in my classroom.  Once again, the professor was super engaging and the course tested our learning in a variety of ways—tests, essays, presentations, etc., so she practiced what she preached.  I don’t think non-education majors can take this course, but if you are an education major be sure to pay attention and take lots of notes here because it is one of the most important classes in the entire program.