My favorite college course would be tough for me to pin down. The course I'm most happy I took was at a community college in high school and was just generic Intro to Microeconomics. I don't know how much econ I would have gone into without the limited dual enrollment options in high school and now I'll have at least a minor next spring, possibly a dual degree if the stars line up the right way.
Favorite Undergrad Course?
Econ 401/402 and Orgo?! You just made me throw up!
For some reason I really liked orgo 1/2 and my first Biochem course (I had Nolta for Orgo 1, who is an amazing professor). My least favorite is a tie between Calc 3–my professor was so terrible i think i could have taught the class better than she did–and French–i'm just awful at languages.
I had Nolta too, back in 1996. Small world
The amazing thing about Dr. Nolta is that she knew who EVERYBODY in her lecture was. As far as I was aware she had no discussion or lab sections, yet when we met up outside her office to pick up our exams we'd be handed them on a first name basis.
CHEME 330 (Thermo) was way worse than Heat and Mass. Not sure when you took it or who you had but I can't imagine a better professor make taking thermo any less horrible. One word: FUGACITY!
I would have to say thermo and heat&mass are a tie.
My favorite tech elective was NERS 211(?). Which I think is the light version of 250. If you find nuclear power interesting but aren't a NERS major, it's nice and pretty easy.
I actually came in here to post that ChE 342 is probably my favorite undergrad class so far. Didn't care much for orgo. I liked the content but the way the classes were structured made them unbearable.
I'm with you on 330, I hated that class. I had Larson for 342 and he was great. Homeworks and exams were very reasonable and he explained everything pretty well.
You clearly didn't have Linderman for ChE 342. ChE 341 was the worst with Lin. As far as P-Chem goes, I have to disagree with you - I really liked that class. I don't know what my favorite class was, but Orgo 2 is certainly up there.
EECS 281 (Data Structures & Algorithms) was my favorite undergrad class so far, but I'm only half way done. It was by far the most challenging, yet helpful, class I've taken.
If anything, it's flamebait
Yeah... I liked EECS 281 so much I took it twice!
Then got a master's in something non algorithm related.
Ralph Williams class on Primo Levi's work, I believe it was Great Works of Literature (a 300 level English class I think). He has an impressive demeanor, his mannerisms are second to none, and he is one of the most personable and approachable people I have ever met. One really delves into the depths of humanity, good and evil, and the dangers of conformity or willful ignorance in that class.
Intro to American Literature with the now retired Lyall Powers was great. He was a funny guy with a vast wealth of experience. Visiting him during his office hours was truly a fantastic experience.
Any Vincent Hutchings class on American political processes and the electorate is great to. He really organizes the class well. Although, some of the reading is quite tedious.
I'm taking a class with Williams right now. He's supposed to be retired but I guess that's how they get you: they have him teach classes on the side in the summer. Sigh. Anyway, it's a truly brilliant and delightful experience. Very insightful on everything to do with human beings.
Can't ever go wrong with Williams. I had him for Intro to World Religions (REL 201), The Bible in English (ENG 401), Primo Levi (ENG something), and he also guest lectured in Great Books 192 (the Dante lectures) and Jesus and the Gospels (ACABS 221). The man absolutely defined my undergrad career - even though he & I certainly would disagree on a lot of things, I learned a tremendous amount from him.
I don't know it was my "favorite" course, but the most interesting I took was Philosophy of Space-Time. A classic course only offered because the professor wrote a book on the subject. It dealt with the philosophic implications and underpinnings of relativity and the idea that space and time are not rigid or fixed.
Totally useless, but interesting. But most interesting were the people in it. It had the unique pre-requisite of EITHER 3 philosophy courses OR 3 physics courses. Of the 12 or so in the course, I was the only one who came to it from a physics background (and had never taken a philosophy course). So I wound up approaching it from a completely different direction than everyone else which made for some really interesting discussion.
Don't recall the course number, it was a while ago (class of '94)
It was all Chaos Theory and Schrodinger's Cat, wasn't it?
I have to say I have forgotten a lot of the specifics (my most vivid memory is that I nearly failed when I showed up at 4 PM for a 1 PM final, and the professor was kind enough to let me take the exam in his office.)
I dont think we did much chaos theory though. Certainly we talked some quantum physics, but it was much more about relativity.
AFAIK, there is no chaos theory in Phil 423. There might be in Phil 420 (Philosophy of Science). As for quantum physics, it's presumably too late, but you might like to know that they unveiled a new Philosophy of Quantum Mechanics course last term.
Missed it by THAT much. ("that" being 17 years)
There are definitely times I miss being a student. If I had the time, I would definitely take a course like that.
I had a real habit of taking really interesting courses that had little in the way of practical value, but were the best parts of college. (well, at least within the classroom)
I'm very interested in that topic. Do you recall any of the books or authors that were assigned for the class?
Lawrence Sklar was the professor. It was all out of his books.
- Space, Time, and Spacetime
- Philosophy and Spacetime Physics
My recollection is that they were both very readable.
Awesome! Thanks, I'll check them out.
I just got done watching the Nova miniseries "The Elegant Universe" which was really fascinating and touched on some things like this.
Really fascinating how recent developments in theoretical physics are causing physicists to grapple with questions of cosmology and thus interact with philosophy.
BTW one of the guys featured on the Nova program was a U of M prof. Can't remember his name though.
Sklar also sometimes assigns stuff from Nick Huggett's collection Space from Zeno to Einstein.
The course is not just offered because of his book, by the way---although it did win an award from the APA as the best philosophy book of 1973-74. Philosophy of physics is a serious field, and Michigan now employs 4 professors with primary specialties in philosophy of science/physics.
Brian Greene (who narrates the series and wrote the book Elegant Universe) is another of those guys that have a real talent of explaining complex physics in a way that makes it interesting. I have his book The Elegant Universe and another he wrote on string theory and enjoyed them both (and I definitely consider myself a layman when it comes to astrophysics)
Yeah, Greene definitely has a gift for that. I'm definitely not very knowledgeable when it comes to science yet I was able to follow Greene's explanation of the various ideas in the series. I'm definitely planning on reading the book.
Greene gave a public lecture in the Chem building auditorium sometime when I was in grad school - probably about 2001, if I remember right. I was about halfway through Elegant Universe at the time (Fabric of the Cosmos hadn't been released yet), and since his talk assumed you hadn't read it, I could actually follow along reasonably well. It blew my mind - that guy is a fantastic speaker.
did you take it with Sklar? He was so funny when I took it (like, last year?), I think he complained about the sophistication of ad hominem attacks these days: ain't what they used to be.
Yeah, he taught the course himself. I mentioned somewhere above that not only was he a good teacher, but was a good guy who took pity on a hapless sophomore who could not read a finals schedule correctly
I would say some of these professors people are talking about read mgoblog because I can not fathom why someone would be down voting these posts. Some people are just pricks!
Edit: This post was supposed to be under M-Wolverines post back near the top. Now that it is here it doesn't make a lot of sense...
Was so bored she drew a big snail, then turned to me and said "what does this remind you of?" and smiled. It was Russian philosophy, or politics, or something. The class I don't remember. The girl I do.
Actually, this is a great summer thread idea. But after awhile, they all blend together. I had a really fun film class. But don't say a movie is the worst thing you ever saw and ask who picked THAT one when it turns out it was your TA's choice.
John U Bacon's History of College Athletics. A great class with a great professor, and a moderate amount of work to boot. A great way to round out senior year.
I also took this class and found it to be easily the most enjoyable undergrad course I ever took. From well-known speakers, to getting a ton of knowledge about the origins of collegiate athletics, it was hands down one of the most interesting, but complete courses I've ever taken.
John U. Bacon won the Golden Apple for this class and it was the most popular/hardest class to get into when I was in school.
Astronomy 104 with Mario Mateo- I love astronomy and this class wasn't too quantitative.
Entrepreneurship 395 with Len Middleton- Probably the most helpful class I've taken at U of M thus far.
Accounting 271 and 272- Really tough curve and the course material doesn't interest me.
Len is a great teacher.
The Accounting classes have (or had, when Ross was a 2-year program) a B- median curve, which is the same as many other undergrad courses.
Also if a professor named Damian is still teaching the OMS class on supply chains, he is the best prof I had at Ross.
I'll check out whether he's still teaching.
I took Astro with MM also and enjoyed it. My class was called Alien Skies and I think he still teaches it, for any current Wolverines looking for a good science elective.
I enjoyed Musicology 239, even though most of the material in the course (Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque music) didn't really apply to my major (clarinet, which was invented after these periods of musical history). 239 helped spark my interest in medieval and renaissance performance; I performed these kinds of music extensively (not on clarinet) through my undergraduate career.
When were you there? I was a clarinet major with Mohler (undergrad) and Shifrin (grad). I loved all my performance classes - lessons, ensembles. Never marched! My favorite academic class was String Methods with Elizabeth Green. Wasn't intending on teaching public school, but everytime I came out of her class I was so pumped I would consider going that route.
2006-2010. I was there for the epochal transition from Ormand and Chodacki to Gilbert and Burrow. The studio's come a long way from when I started there in 2006; new freshman have been stepping up their game consistently from year to year. There have been some rumors about converting parts of Baits II into practice rooms since the SOM is considered a "Historic Building" and as such, can't have its footprint expanded. I don't know if that's going to happen but I've been hearing about it since 2009.
I would have loved to study with Shifrin. I actually had 3 different teachers in 4 years of undergrad because of all the professor changes. I picked up some useful/interesting skills along the way, such as making my own reeds from tube cane and learning the ins and outs of Bb contra and bass clarinet. I like the direction the studios are heading in right now; there are a lot of dual studio classes with the two studios and the culture of collaboration in the clarinet studio is robust.
Did you ever play for Revelli? I love the people who put his recordings up on YouTube; they still sound rock solid after 40 years.
You're a youngster! Hope you are actively playing and teaching. I didn't know the Music School is now considered an "historic building" - confirms my old timer status...
I was in the transition from Revelli (he had just retired, so I only had him as a guest conductor) to Cavender to Reynolds.
It must have been tough going through the clarinet prof transition, but though it would have been better to have one of them for 3-4 years, they all had something to offer. I do like the direction the clarinet studio is going, as I think very highly of the current faculty.
Great School of Music and a great university. And hoping for a return to greatness for the team!
I am assuming your a BBA 2012? I didn't think neither of the accounting reqs were too bad, although this does remind me of my least favorite class: MO 300. That class was just trying way too hard to be cool. But a class I'm excited about this year is one of the strategy electives (can't remember the number), about the base of economic pyramid.
Overall I would have to say my favorite class has been Phil 280 (?): environmental ethics. I thought it was pretty interesting, and an easy A too!
Yep, I actually kind of enjoyed MO 300 just because it was kind of a chill class and much different from all the other Ross courses. That said, I completely get where your coming from when you say the class is trying way too hard to be cool. It's funny to me that the Ross management program is number one in the nation. In regards to accounting, it probably would have been a better experience for me if I was more interested in the material. Although I woud definitely say that the two accounting classes were helpful in general, the tests were just a little shady. I'll definitely check out Phil 280 as I need 2 more humanities credits. Assuming that Phil 280 fulfills humanities...
I was an engineering major, but I thoroughly enjoyed my Cultural Anthropology 101 course from freshman year. Prof. Shryock made it so entertaining and informative that I hardly regarded it as a class when I was planning out my day.
ENG 250 (?) was a blast also. Prof. Geister and his antics up at the white/blackboard still amuse me to this day. Scotch and soda, baby.
is a great professor. I'm honestly not that interested in the subject, but he made the class entertaining each day, so I really enjoyed the class.
I took anthro this past fall with Holly Peters-Golden. She was excellent as well. I would highly recommend her.
I had Geister for ME 250. Between scotch and soda and ORTHGRAPHIC VIEWS!, it was an interesting class.
You must have centerlines... IN ALL VIEWS!!!
the ME department shuffled Geister of to Aero to teach CAD. ans I swear the guy barely knows how to use a computer....
he's still hilarious though
As one of Wooldridge's grad students, I may be a little biased, but ME 433 (Advanced Energy Solutions) with her was probably the best class I had at Michigan. I also had her for heat transfer.
Easily my favorite class was taken during grad school, my professor wasn't a fan of me taking it, but it was a special topics course and I just couldn't pass it up. It was IOE 591, with the topic being about Traffic taught by Barry Kantowitz a researcher at the UM Transportation Research Institute.
The class was a 3 or 4 hour "lecture" once a week, and it ended up being just me and one other student enrolled in it. It ended up being a 3 way discussion about different aspects of traffic and ergonomics for the entire time. Having a researcher with that much knowledge and being able to pick his brain about various aspects of traffic is just unbelievable. Learned a lot too. Absolutely recommend taking this class if he doesn't retire before he teaches it again. If not, read the NY Times Bestseller titled Traffic: Why we drive the way we do by Tom Vanderbilt. Riveting.
Full disclosure, I've had some weird fascination with traffic since I was young. Just like how sleep resonated with the OP, traffic has the same effect with me.
Drugs of Abuse with Terry Robinson was challenging but very worthwhile. As I mentioned in the Amy Winehouse thread, I was a very proud stoner at the time and Terry would often call on me for an "experiential" perspective to go along with the research presented.
The class on the Beat Generation was amazing. Tillinghaus, or something like that. He handed out the lyrics to the Grateful Dead's Jack Straw and sang along. Amazing experience.
Psychology of Religion (it was about religious cults, really--Lubavitch Jews, Mormons, and Hare Krishnas) with Dick Mann. He made us memorize each other's names in the first class, and had us request/justify our own grades at the end. I didn't put much work into it, so asked for and got an A-. If I'd have known better I would have asked for (and likely received) an A, which would have let me graduate with honors. Oh well.
But my favorite was Affective Neuroscience with Jaak Panksepp, visiting prof from Bowling Green. He wrote the textbook on the subject, and it was a grad level class with a bunch of grad students and Elliot Valenstein (prof emeritus) sitting in. Proudest I've ever been to get an A in a class, and inspired me to go get a phd in psychology. Dude was preachy, and I loved it. Every subject (lecture and in the textbook) relates back to implications that could improve our lives and society.
I took a joint English/Film course with Peter Bauland that was called "Great Comic Masters" or something along those lines. We had passes to go to the Michigan Theatre once a week and watch films by Woody Allen, Mel Brooks, Hal Ashby and I think one other director. It was pretty cool.
Hard grader, but one of the most interesting people one could ever meet. He's the one professor I've had where I really enjoyed office hours, the dude just is fun to talk to. He's like the wise old Grandpa I never had.
I took "Understanding Film" with him, and we watched a wide range of mind-bending films at the Michigan Theater. Next semester I'm taking a course on him that encompasses every Kubrick film. I couldn't be more excited.
Taught my favorite class too. 20th Century Literature. He's a great lecturer and runs great discussions, and also picks really interesting course material.
I had another class that was the history of Weimar Germany between the World Wars. Really interesting stuff too but I can't remember who the teacher was or what the class was called.
Scott Spector's course on the Weimar Republik and the origins of the Nazis' rise?
Herb Eagle. He was far more Herb than Eagle.
He learned me some Polish film history. dobrą osobą.
It's just such an awesome name for a quirky little cartoon character of a man. His TA's at the time sucked, but he was a good instructor.
He learned me some Polish film history. dobrą osobą.
SHIT I PRESSED "REPLY" INSTEAD OF "EDIT"!!! IM MAKING IT WORSE!!!
I can feel my street cred falling away...
You never had any street cred, Pilgrim.
Hell yeah. And as far as my favs: anything in the RC
Herb Eagle is awesome. I ended up minoring in Film and he taught me Slavic Film, or something like that. My favorite class was also a film class taught by Hugh Cohen. Freshman year I took SAC 216 (??? maybe 232) "The Art of Film" because I liked movies. Loved the class. Hugh was the lecturer and I'd sit front row. The problem was it was right after lunch and that semester I'd routinely be up until 3am doing French homework. Well, in that class Hugh would show a lot of slides or play short portions of films. The moment the lights went out, I went out. I always felt bad for falling asleep in such a cool class.
Fast forward 3 years and in my last semester I take "SAC 455: Religion in Film" with none other than Hugh Cohen. Awesome class, especially for someone very non-religious, like myself. One of my most memorable UM moments will be a paper I wrote on a lesser known Alfred Hitchcock film where I noticed and wrote about a point in the film and Hugh - a film expert of decades - wrote "I never noticed that!" Unfortunately, I missed the obvious connection in the film to what I was writing about and only got an A-, haha.
Anything by Juan Cole.
America & the Middle East Wars, Modern Middle East, etc. Anybody interesting enough to be illegally wiretapped by the Bush administration is definitely going to produce some quality lectures.
I remember one time his cell phone went off in class and his ringtone was my humps by fergi
John Bacon's "The Rise and Fall of the American Sports Writer." Leaps and bounds better than the College Athletics course.
Ken Mikolowski's RC poetry seminars.
The "Rock Kills Communism" Polish mini-course with Piotr Westwalevicz. All about Polish rock music in the 70s and 80s. Completely awesome.
Didn't Bacon only teach the American Sports Writer class one semester? I took in Winter 2008 and thought that was the only time he tought it.
Yep, only taught once. And it was awesome.
--Dinosaurs and other Failures. I kid you not. Offered for 2 credtis back in the early 90s. Mostly it was about identifying Dinos.
-Psych 101 with Drew Westin. He was full of himself, but pretty entertaining.
-Calculus at U of M Dearborn--summer session. The credit and grade transferred.
OP mentioned Orgo. My sister got one grade less than an "A" or equivalent her entire life (including Med School) and it was a "C" in Organic Chemistry at Michigan.
Haha don't laugh but Dinosaurs and Other Failures is my favorite class I've taken so far at Michigan! Okay, so I've only completed one year. But yeah, GEOSCI 103 with JAW is actually really fascinating. I looked forward to class each time. Plus, it's only one credit, and a half-term minicourse. The final was a bit more difficult than I anticipated though...
I actually took Dinosaurs back when I was there. I took all those 1 credt geo classes (Waves and beaches, National parks etc) as a break from the orgo's and biochems.
Nor sure how I didn't take Dinosaurs...must have been at a bad hour. I would have loved that class.
I took Westin the very last time he did it, even though I had probably close to double digit psych courses of higher levels before it. But even though (or maybe because of) he had won the Golden Apple Award like 3 years in a row (they still have that?) he wasn't getting tenure. I remembered thinking "meh, overhyped".
I took dinosaurs as a 1 credit mini course my junior year and it actually wasn't that great. It was more about fossils and geological time than actual dinosaurs. I remember being disappointed by the lack of dinos in that class.
whaaaat, my grade from calc 3 at UM dearborn definitely didn't transfer! i wish it did though.
Social psych (intro),
Linguisitics (language and discrimination)
Public Speaking (Sport MGmt 101??) A MUST!
First, I very much enjoyed Astronomy 111. It's an introductory seminar taught by different assistant professors. I found it extremely interesting because they taught about all of the cosmic goings-on and made it fun to learn about. Obviously the math gets more difficult and complex as you advance in astronomy, but as a pre-med guy who grew up watching Star Trek a lot, I found this class to be awesome.
The other two classes are Classic Civilization 375 and 376 taught by David Potter. 375 covers the development of civilization in Mesopotamia, Persia, Greece and everything in between up to the Roman Republic. 376 is about the emperors of Rome. What makes this class is Professor Potter, one of the most entertaining, intelligent men I've ever met. He is known worldwide for his research on Rome and his passion for the subject shines in his lectures. I also felt cultured learning about Roman government and laws hehe.
Another benefit of his classes are the disparaging comments about our sports rivals including gems about OSU's affinity for hairless nuts, ND's affinity for a drunken stereotype and Catholicism and how the brutish spartan dullards couldn't manage to make more of an impact on world affairs than preventing the Athenians from progressing western civilization. He blends some of the boring historical material with contemporary examples and entertaining stories from the times in a way that made him very entertaining. I highly recommend taking his classes for whatever major you're pursuing.
I thought Potter was a great professor, I paid more attention in his class than in the rest of my classes that semester put together.
Sociology (301, I think) The History of Race in America. It was taught by Eduardo Bona Silva (sp). This guy was one hell of a professor. It didn't matter if you were white, black, red, yellow, green, etc, you were gonna be engaged in this class. The guy could flat out teach and had us students look at things from an angle we most likely never have. It was a shame he left UM right after my class. Circa winter 99'. I think he moved to UT in Austin.
A special class taught by (retired now, I think ) professor Kammash in the nuclear engineering department. The topic was advanced spacecraft propulsion, including far-out concepts like anti-matter drives and the like ( I was an aerospace major ).
Outside of that I found most classes difficult, that's what I get for taking engineering...
I believe he is retired, but he actually came back this past Winter semester and taught that class again. I had a colleague take that class, and he didn't have as high of praise for that class as you have and we're both spacecraft propulsion people.
I actually loved ME 450. That's senior design right? My team's project was pretty easy and we got to drive up to my teammate's house in Bay City and grill out while we built it on the university's dime because there wasn't adequate woodworking equipment in the ME shop.
1) My History Colloquium "World of the Ship" with David Hancock. He also teaches a freshman level history course (I think its US history or something similar) which peolple I've talked to didn't care for. I know that he doesn't really like teaching it either, but he has to. His Senior level colloquium, though, is fantastic. If you're a history major I highly reccomend taking it if it's available.
2) Education 222 "Video Games and Education" with Professor Fishman. It's about video games. Need I say more? (actually, not only is the class really fun, but I actually learned a lot about educational theory.)
His American Revolution class is tough but amazing. If you think you know anything about the Revolution, you're wrong.
I took "World of the Ship". I attempted to write my paper about the first America's Cup race and the first winner of the race, America. He was really forgiving on my paper because the subject itself was such a challenge to write about due to a lack of solid source material.
I also took his 160 course sophomore year. Jeff Kaja was the GSI and was excellent. I had a small discussion group which allowed for a good learning experience. I liked both classes quite a bit.
I did mine on the early Great Lakes trade, specifically as it regarded to Detroit and Fort Michilimackinac.
My favorite was Art History. It was cool to see some of the pre-historic porn our forefathers were making in their spare time. No joke.
I took the introductory Art History course from the Renaissance to the 20th century. Really interesting stuff. (The exams weren't too tough either - if you could defend what you wrote about each painting in the bluebook, they'd let it go.)
actually used it more than most other classes from UNDERGRAD i.e. impressing the ladies while traveling through Europe. "Ah, ... Caravaggios' use of of light was revolutonary" got me a lot of action
Philosophy of Law and any econ class with Professor Adams
And let them wear bikinis?! That should be a prerequisite.
The thing about Orgo is that while I only got a B/B+ (Orgo 1/2 respectively), I retained virtually everything I learned. When MCAT class rolled around I got about 95% of the Orgo-related questions right. Even when you're 60 years old you'll remember the right-hand rule and what enantiomers are and what a methyl shift is, ya know?
Stupid enantiomers only being different at one stupid chiral carbon...GRRRR!!!!!11!!!!11!
In that swimming class.
Psych 418- Psychology of Spiritual Development with Richard Mann.... not even a psych course really. This was hands down the most amazing course I have ever taken or would expect to take in the future.
Psych 418 with Professor Mann was the only class I could ever imagine taking that actually changed my life in a positive way. If you can take it spring term. He is an emeritus professor and recently they tried to let him go but due to student response they have kept him on board.
Hands down the best class I took at Michigan and I'm still in touch with the professor.
I loved all Ralph Williams' classes too but he's gone so...
We collected over 100 letters and several pieces of art and photography inspired by the class and assembled it into a binder. We started with the Provost and ended up going all the way to Mary Sue before being passed all the way back down to the Provost. We eventually got our request granted, but seeing behind the scenes of the university budgeting process was not pretty. kudos to Provost Sullivan for finding the money to keep the Mann around.
Psych 351 (i think) - It was a freshman semenar that met in cousins lobby. You got to chill on couches and talk about social issues(racism, GLBT, etc.). It was a 20 person class and as long as you did your weekly reading summary (which we were told could be on a napkin), didnt miss more than 1 class, and did the 2 group assignments (which you could redo for an auto A) you were garenteed an A in this class.
One of my 400 level Econ classes that I took my last semester in college before graduating. I cant remember the number but it was one of those calc based ones. Personally I love the social economic classes and hate the heavy math ones. Our teacher had a heavy russian accent and class was a 3 hour lecture 3 days a week with a discussion another day. We sat in a lecture hall even though we had about 30 people. I could not understand the teacher. I eventually stopped going and got called out at the end of the semester for never showing. I ended up with a C+ but I didnt care as it was my last class of my Bachlors, I had my job already, and was starting my Masters right after in Accounting.
History 265 (?) - History of the University of Michigan
Great professors (Steneck's I think) and very fun/interesting material.
Significantly more difficult than I expected it to be, but worth the effort.
Latin turned out to be so much more than fulfilling a foreign language requirement. I ended up getting a BA and MA in the language, literature, history, art and archaeology. It was creatively taught by some of the most intelligent and personable people I've known. John D'Arms, Frank Copley, John Pedley, Gerda Seligson etc.were standouts!
I believe it was HIS 365. It was History of American Suburbia, and the class, professor, discussions, and ideas were awesome.
excellent class, i wrote my final paper on the drug war.
My all time favorite though is Psychology of Spritual Development with Dick Mann (Psych 418). That class forever changed my way of being. Prof Mann's Psychology and Consciuosness class was eye-opening as well.
was defnitely my favorite class as an undergrad by far. As a history major, it was refreshing to see a historian incorporate lots of new(ish) media clips into their lectures (the sopranos, bruce springsteen, and the wire...to name a few).
I highly recommend that any of you still at U of M take a Matt Lassiter class.
Best course I took at Michigan was Integrated Product Development (IPD) taught by Professor Lovejoy (yes, that really is his name).
It is a cross-disciplinary course that is part of the Tauber Institute for Global Operations (joint program between Ross and Industrial Engineering schools) where you work as part of a team to conduct market research, design, and literally manufacture a product (our year, it was after-market cupholders for cars). Then you do all the marketing around that product and compete against the other teams at a live tradeshow.
Very cool class and really helpful if you ever want to do anything with new product development.
Here is a link to it: http://www.tauber.umich.edu/News%20and%20Events/IPD/index.htm
History of College Athletics with John U. Bacon
American Revolution with David Hancock
Britain 1901-1939 with Kali Israel
Origins of Nazism with Ulrike Weckel
The Vietnam War and Iraq with Victor Lieberman
America and Middle Eastern Wars with Juan Cole
haters gotta hate,
but juan is way to full of himself and hancock was downright boring.
israel on the other hand gets suprisingly little credit; topic was meh but well put together course
I can definitely see both of your assessments about Cole and Hancock. To each his own, I guess. I know I've had a few professors that people liked and I couldn't stand.
Hancock might have been better in that class. If i rec all i think i had him for Hist 260.
Juan Cole's class still was good and i dont regret taking it, it jsut seemed every 5 minutes he was referencing how he could have prevented a war or his own experiences dealing with current Arab leaders.
From what I understand from other people who've had him, he doesn't like teaching broad survey courses so they end up kind of sucking. When he's teaching his upper-level more specialized courses he's awesome.
I loved the Vietnam War and Iraq course with Lieberman. That was my second favorite course ever, behind an Astro course I took sophomore year that told the story of the constellations through Greek mythology. Entering my fourth year this fall, by the way, so maybe I'll be fortunate enough to have even better classes!
As the rare architecture student on the board, I really enjoyed Keith Mitnick's "Outlooks" course, a small seminar that looked at contemporary trends in art and literature and projected the effects of them on the future of architectural design. In essence, it was basically a weekly three hour night discussion about what creative people are doing with themselves these days. Very interesting info.
Shaun Jackson's "The Architecture of Objects" was also really useful. In essence we spent the semester designing and building different furniture projects, and getting tutorials on working with metal, wood, and plastics.
Modern Wars with David Fitzpatrick. The lectures were just entertaining as hell.
Easy: Protein Structure and Function
A supposedly fun course I'll never take again: Law & politics of sexuality
Clearsly, I did the peculiar CMB/PolSci duo.
you have bardwell for protein strucutre and function? that was a really fascinating course. he was a really approachable professor as well.
History 317: Europe in the Era of Total War (1845-1945)
Dr. Brian Porter taught this class, and it was superb. Actually looked forward to attending lecture each day. Cannot emphasize enough how well thought and structured his lectures were. He's no Ralph Williams (c'mon, no one is), but his delivery was outstanding as well.
Chemistry 451: Biochemistrry 1
There was a time when this class was well-known as the hardest on campus (also known as 2000). I'd say starting in week three, it was pretty commonplace to see my classmates cry. How do you say I really don't give a damn about teaching? Dr. Yocum. How do you say not only do I not care about teaching, but I actually hate my students? Dr. Coward.
Special prop's to Drs. Matthews and Ninfa for Chemistry 452 -- you guys almost sucked as bad as 451, but have to settle for bridesmaids on this one.
Anthropology 101: Cultural Anthropology
Dr. Fricke repreated everything he said in lecture for greater effect. Dr. Fricke -- repreated everything he said in lecture -- for greater effect. I quickly realized that if he just said everything once, the class would only take half as long. Not to mention that lecture quickly felt like a Charlton Heston Bud Light commercial. Infuriating. Making matters worse, department chair Conrad Kotak has the balls to come out with a new edition of his intro anthro text every 18 months just to have swarms of undergrads buy it. Really Conrad, unless there's a new Amazonian tribe that's been discovered to have something unobserved and relating to culture, I think one edition per decade would suffice. There's a special place in hell for prof's who abuse there power for financial gain as you did. Hope you find your way there!
I took his history of Roman Catholocism Class and he is able to keep you interested in his lectures and actually motivated me to read some of the dense readings we had in class.
Great teacher and good class.
I shudder to ask what semesters you took Chem 451/452, because I might have been your TA - that's the same combination of professors I was assisting. And given it was my first year in grad school (and that organic was my specialty, not biochem), there's a non-zero chance that you hate me, too.
CLCIV 381: Witchcraft was taught by Derek Collins and was an awesome class. Was interesting and well taught
Kids study hard and soup up that extra curricular resume. That way you won't end up like me. MSU grad wishing I could be part of this conversation.
...the truth about NateVolk's mysterious past comes out...
Kudos to you for having the balls to admit that. I'm from Okemos so I have a bit of Spartan in me by default. Fortunately I "soup'ed up" on the extra stuff. You're welcome here anytime my friend.
"Favorite Undergrad Courses", not favorite Michigan undergrad courses, so you could comment on what classes you liked at MSU. You know, assuming they hold any classes up there.
My favorite actually was one of the first classes i took, a freshmen seminar Phil 196: Michigan a moral institution? by Gary Krenz who was an Assistant to MSC, we basically just talked about what was the point of college and how various entities such as the hospital and athletic departments were linked. One of the days MSC came in and we got to ask her q's about Michigan doing contervisial or stupid things. IT was great as a freshmen getting to know how the school worked and what you could pull on campus.
Worst was PS 340 by Tsbelis. Guy is brilliant but it just wasnt a good class. He seems to think actually teaching is beneath him and his whole class is read his books on game theory which make great claims but are written in Greek.
I want to take UM: A Moral Institution? in the future. I have already e-mailed Krenz to see if he would be teaching it in the future. It just seems fascinating to me.
I strongly reccomend it.
But seeing as your posting on here and it is the summer i kinda doubt that you are a freshmen. In which case even if it is offered it is nearly impossible to get into a freshmen seminar after your first year.
Not entirely sure what the policy on non freshemn in it. And Krenz wasn't actually a Prof so his schedule is very random so good luck!
History of Wars in the 20th Century hasn't been called out. That was regularly voted favorite class, and everyone loved the professor.
And I told you this was a good off-season topic. Board unity.
I already voted, but that might be my second choice. What the heck was that Professor's name? He was like a Green Beret from Veitnam or something, wasn't he?
When did you have the class? I took it in "91 or '92.
Any suggestions in the Political Science department for an incoming PoliSci student?
Polsci 101 (Political Theory) with Lavaque-Manty if he's still teaching it. This was one of the 2 humanties courses I needed for my engineering degree and I thought that the way he taught the class was really conducive to learning the material because the emphasis is on the discussion sections and with my section, at least, we had some really engaging, interesting discussions about the nature of human beings and how they choose to govern themselves.
I know a lot of political science majors who have not taken 101 and I think it's a travesty... it has shaped how I view human social behavior.
As an aero eng major, of course I has an affinity for math and science classes, buy my two favorite courses were a fluid dynamics and a combustion course with the late G. M. Faeth and philosophy of religion (which I immensely regret taking pass/fail).
History of the Byzantine Empire.
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Class of 1971.
• Great Books - Donald Hall - '72 -- Hall was a visiting lecturer that semester, and many years later was designated Poet Laureate of the U.S. Great teacher.
• Intro to Physiology - Sherman - '74
• Baroque painting/sculpture - Bissel, Art History - early '80s
• 19th and 20th century European art - Isaacson, Art History - early '80s
• Design, College of Architecture & Urban Planning, '75/76 and '76/77
• International Politics, '71 or '72 - spent much time on the Cuban Missile Crisis
• Intaglio printmaking, School of Art, '79-81 - Cassara
• Illustration, School of Art, '81 - Hesseltine - great teacher
Worst class: Intro Calculus - never had a fucking clue what was going on and the lecturer had a thick German accent so I couldn't understand him half the time to boot. I got a good solid D on the first exam and I bailed, seeing the handwriting on the wall.
I would love to see a similar thread on RCMB or Eleven Warriors.
For Professor Potter, had a humanities spot to fill senior year and took "life and sports in ancient rome" as a goof...ended up being a great choice guy is just an awesome lecturer.
As a biomedical engineer, we had a choice between CHEM 351 (Biochemistry), BIOCHEM 415, and MCDB 310. Of these three, MCDB was supposedly the most difficult, but I found it to be simply fascinating. The lecturers (I had Dr. Ken Balazovich and Dr. Stefan Walter) showed a legitimate interest in everything they were teaching and 80% of what they taught I have come to need at some point or another in my job at a microbiology research lab.
Second: BME 221 (Biophysical chemistry and thermodynamics) with Michael Mayer. He was a hilarious teacher and he would always have engaging conversations with the class. The material was challenging, but not impossible, so it was quite fun to learn about statistical thermodynamics and biophysical chemistry.
Worst class: ENVIRON 340 (Environmental ethics). Pointless class. We talked about the beauty of socks, but with no point. And how killing animals is bad. And how we should all try to be one with nature. Ethics had nothing to do with the class whatsoever, as witnessed by the grade I received.
History 303 - Sport in the Modern World - This was my favorite class. I loved Professor Salesa. I took a History of the Pacific Islands class with him too, which was pretty good. He's leaving Michigan though, which is pretty unfortunate.
Classical Civilization 372 - Sport and Daily Life in the Roman World - I took Latin in high school, so this class was cool because it refreshed my recollection of Roman history as well as cultivated my knowledge of Roman sport.
Comparative Literature 430 - Epic, Ancient, and Mafia - This class was just a lot of fun. We read The Iliad and the Odyssey, which were both much more enjoyable to read than high school. We also watched a bunch of awesome mafia movies.
Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Space Sciences 102 - Extreme Weather - Perry Samson. Enough said.
Comparative Political Systems
Both were great courses taught by great professors. I took Shakespeare in Fall 1966 and Comparative Political Systems a year later.
seems like we have a lot of them. My ChemE undergrad from fall 95 - winter 99
Thermo 1 -- Susan Montgomery. Not a bad course, nothing too complicated, just mass and energy balances
Thermo 2 -- Ziff. This took a lot of effort for me and there's a lot to this day I didn't really understand. I remember not really understanding the guts of what Cp or Cv meant, and I just kinda rolled with it.
Fluid Dynamics -- Wilkes. This guy retired in 2000. Easy course, exams just like the homework, nothing too complicated. If you understand Navier-Stokes, you're pretty much good to go.
Heat and Mass Transfer -- Levi Thompson. Tough course, and a very sharp curve. I think only maybe around 5 people got A- or better. I should have done better. It was one of those courses where I'd get the exam back and I couldn't believe how stupid I was. Seems like the wording of the questions could really trip you up on exams.
Seperation Processes -- Mark Burns. So many different types of equipment. Distillation columns, evaporators, liquid-liquid extractors. I think we did ion exchange, too. Tough homework.
Reactor Design and Kinetics -- 3 people, Fogler was on sabbatical. This course was sort of neutered with Fogler on sabbatical. Typically one of the hardest just due to the immense volume of homework. I did get Fogler for grad kinetics, and one time he gave us an assignment that was just one problem. We were like "yay, only one problem!" That problem had X (i.e. 24) parts to it. Still a top professor in the department and his book is used by everybody for a reason.
Lab 1 -- Wang. Horrid, horrid course. Just brutal amounts of work, and I lucked out because they trimmed it down to 1 calibration and 2 reports (from 1 and 3) when I took it. Your grade is completely dependant on what partner you get. The deadbeats who hadn't transferred out to LSA yet will force you to do everything yourself and it ends up being twice the work. This is when I learned to hate group work.
Lab 2 -- More of the same. Useless partners make your life hell. I actually had a partner that I caught typing an email about how useless the group meeting was while I was sitting there banging out the 25-page report by myself. "OK, if you could write the intro, I'll work on everything else." He still didn't write the intro. Partner eval: "did absolutely nothing"
Controls -- I loved this course. Lots of math. Learned so much and turned out to be one of the more useful courses as well.
Senior Design 1 -- More group work. In this case, you had too many cooks in the kitchen because there wasn't enough work to go around. Four people in a group is too many and the requirement on the process you had to size was too simple.
Senior Design 2 -- More group work. Same thing; four-person groups. Really only need three. This was more like what I expected. Sizing, pricing, economics of a process. We had to design a plastics recycling plant. Still not my cup of tea and one of the reasons I went to grad school. I did not want to do that for a living.
So, out of all that, I'd say controls was my favorite and the only one where I really felt truly interested in the subject matter The labs were my least favorite.
He might be the best professor in the humanities at Michigan. If you need to write for your future employment take him.
As I look back, it was a class on the History of the Soviet Union taught by Professor Ronald Grigor Suny, now of Columbia (not sure about the Columbia part). He really focused on the non-Russian people of the Soviet Union and the pressure that having so many different ethnic groups put on the central government.
What made it so interesting is that I took it at about the same time that the Soviet Union fell apart. It was amazing to have access to one of the best minds who had studied the USSR at the same it crumbled, partially for the reason that Professor Suny had stated. It was also amazing that nobody seemed to have an idea of what the hell was going on or what wold happen. If you weren't at least a teenager at a time when the Soviet Union was the other superpower, it is probably hard to appreciate just how bind blowing it was to see it dissolve before your eyes.
It also helped that Professor Suny was a hell of a nice guy. I would see him at the CCRB and he always had time to talk. (He wasn't exactly ripped, but he could put up some weight.) This was true even after I was done taking his class.
yes, for the same reasons that i mentioned b4 re the eastern european class. just unbelievable. I assume the same may now be true re the chinese dept.
Suny is still at Michigan. He was at Chicago for a few years, but he's been back here for almost 10 years now. And, yes, I can attest to the fact that the dude loves him some weight lifting. Used to see him all the time at the IM.
Thanks. That is great news. Google produces Chicago and Columbia and Michigan, but it was hard to see what was current.
i'm only halfway through my college career....
but so far i'd have to say orgo I with nolta, or calc 4 (diff eq) with bob jenkins. i got a plain A in calc 4 while i got a B in calc 1, B- in calc 2, and ended up taking calc 3 at UM dearborn. bob is the man for sure. also, it helped that the exams were incredibly straight forward
and i mean, i don't really have to explain about nolta. i kind of went into that class hearing such great things about her that i thought i would be disappointed, but her passion for teachign really makes it hard not to like her. she passed around enough full size candy for all of chem 1800 at the end of the semester.
Culture, Thought And Meaning
Neuropsychology of Language (I think that's what it was called)
Maps and Decisions with Sandy Arlinghaus. It was awesome!
No doubt about it. Gladiators and phallis symbols - doesn't get much better than that!
Poli Sci 353 Arab Israeli conflict with Ray Tanter
OB 322 Mgmt Union relations with Jim Stateham
SMC 351 Race and Cultural Images in Sport with Keith Harrison
SMC 303 Legal Aspects of Sport with Dave Shand is my fav tho
Most enjoyable: CEE 537 - Building Construction. Course included field trips through some of the building under construction at the time I was there.
Easiest: American Cultures 205. Only graded material was the midterm and the final.
Course you would think might be easy but really isn't: PHYSICS 242. 140 and 240 were a breeze. I wasn't prepared for wave theory.
Course I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy: MECHENG 235 - Thermodynamics
Anybody ever take Rudi Lindner's history courses? They were pretty easy, but damn was that guy a prick. I hated going to his office hours.
Really? I had Lindner for my History Colloquium, and the class was outrageously easy, but he was a pretty nice guy. The class was scheduled for a 3-hour block (it was spring term) but he never kept us more than two hours, and usually closer to an hour and a half. He was sort of going senile and often lost track of what he was saying mid-sentance, but he told us a lot of stories. Fun fact: he graduated high school with a 3.1 GPA and went to Harvard, where tuition was $150 a semester. He got his doctorate at Berkely where tuition was $50 a semester. Dude is old.
I have some pretty strong views about my favorite college courses. Here's my Top Ten:
- University of Michigan Golf Course (sentimental personal favorite)
- Riviera CC (USC) [part-time, including LACC, Hillcrest, Lakeside]
- Bel Air (UCLA)
- Yale University GC (Yale)
- Ohio State University (Scarlet)
- Williams College (Taconic Golf Club)
- Duke University Golf Club
- Oakland University (Scharf)
- University of Wisconsin (University Ridge)
- Michigan State University (Forest Akers - West)
Hoops at Coliseum with Steve Grote on team all day . Hoops at the IM. CCRB too. Football at the Big House with Coach Bo. B-ball with Coach Orr in first row at Crisler by the tunnel. Joe Barry Carroll knocking ball out of bounds in close game at end. Standing up at laughing at him. Him standing a few feet away scowling at us. Us sitting down. Molson tasting at Dooley's.
Didn't really have a problem with undergraduate courses as long as they didn't involve heavy use of advanced mathematics i.e. calculus / trig. Oh man, those were nightmarish classes.
(Sorry to any engineers out there lol)
Any class with this guy was awesomely entertaining and a great persepective on life. I had a Blues class with him and it was amazing. Wasn't able to get his Hippies and Beatnicks class, but that one was supposed to be one of the best on campus.
A great life professor if you ask me
films. great stagecoach western. angel hall.
intro to architecture. built funny little paper houses.
eastern eurpean politcs, or something like that, and potical theory.
frankly, in retrospect, there weren't that many really good classes i took in undergrad or in law school that translated to what i do now. in that respect, looking back, i really like the classes that broadened my horizons and were outside of my "wheelhouse"
was my film teacher. At that time, he was a grad student in American Studies, having quit law school a few years ealrier.
Really great teacher. I wrote his nomination as TA of the year in LS&A, and he won.
AMCULT 315: Rick's vs. Skeeps was by far my favorite class as an undergrad.
Here's a copy of the syllabus.
That is phenomenal.
Hardest: ChemE 230, Thermodynamics, Fall '00 (honorable mention: EECS 482, Operating Systems, Fall '02)
Easiest: IOE 422, Entrepreneurship, Fall '02
Favorite: EECS 487, Computer Graphics, Winter '02
Well, I haven't really had a favorite so far, but I'm looking forward to EEB 440/441. Its the Biology of Fishes and its lab. From what I've read it looks to be a fun class.
Least favorites are clear though; Calc II and Orgo II lab (chem 216). I'm pretty sure I managed a C- in calc by just a few points. I hated it, hated class, and rode the struggle bus hard. And Chem 216 was way more work than the 2 credits it was worth. I honestly put in more work to that class than just about any other class I've taken, and it was only worth two credits.
Engin 100 with Andrew Yagle "The Yaglemeister." We had a great time laughing at his pearly white tennis shoes and skinny tie that made his head look like a balloon. Then he'd give us every question that would be on the tests.
but my favorite course by far was Anatomy and Physiology in my first year of my science degree. After HS I really had no idea what I wanted to do and took a rather odd road completing it. I dropped out of school when I was 16 and went lobster fishing for a couple years, following that spent a couple years in the army and finally figured I should go back to HS and try my hand at University.
My first crack at school didn't go so well so I was nervous, but my parents kept telling me I could do it if I tried (which I admit I never did in my first attempt). So I did, and with the added maturity I ended up graduating HS in 2 years with a 4.1 GPA. I even amazed my parents with that.
Still, I kept questioning whether I would be able to hack University so my aspirations weren't very high. I figured I would try to get my BSc. and go from there. When I started Anatomy and Physiology everything became clear. I loved the course and had absolutely no problem learning (or remembering) the content. From that point I set my sights on becoming a Doctor and never looked back. Loved the course and the professor.
Funny thing was when I left the army I figured my ceiling was getting a GED. My parents encouraged me to try HS again but I really thought I couldn't do it. I spent a week taking my GED and the teacher pulled me aside after class one night and said "What the hell are you doing here?" I thought she meant I was doing badly and should drop out so I kind of just shrugged my shoulders. She said "you are too smart for this. There is an adult HS in this building, why don't you go back and finish your diploma?".
For the first time in my life someone other than my parents had faith in me and it prompted me to go back to HS. I owe that teacher a lot. Something I will never be able to repay, but I often drop in to see her and each time i remind her what an impact she made with one simple conversation.
ENGR 100 the blimp class with Washabaugh. Because Pete is awesome and you build blimps... and then race them.
Runner up would be Rabkin's 300 level English class on Science First.
To the OP: So what are the pros and cons of all-nighters and day time naps?
I would also like to know this as well since I have and continue to do my fair share of them minus the daytime nap.
back in my days, that was my favorite class which we attended on Monday nights in the fall from 9 pm until Midnight for dimer beer nite!
I love these threads because it give interesting insight into a place that I have a slim to none chance of attending.
Don't sell yourself short. I once thought I could never attend UM. A transfer, 2 degrees, and 100K in student loans later I can participate in this message board topic!