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Class Wish List for Fall

McKenna elaborates on the factors that influence her decision-making process when choosing classes for the academic term.

McKenna elaborates on the factors that influence her decision-making process when choosing classes for the academic term.

I’m a planner and I absolutely love checking out the Course Catalogue before class registration. Some of the things I look for when picking classes are convenient times, great professors, and interesting topics. 


Carleton’s classes are typically organized into a series of slots. A class that meets during 1A starts at 8:30 am and runs until 9:40 am. If you’re not a morning person, that class might be less appealing. My favorite class schedule is a 1A, 2A, and 3A. This means an early morning but I’m finished with classes before lunch.

Going into senior year as a double major, some of the credits I earn each trimester will be from my comps projects. Because a comps project is an independent research project, this means that I can work on it whenever I want. My plan is to block out a normal class period in the mornings, when I don’t have classes, and spend that time researching. Learning to schedule yourself is an incredibly valuable skill in college!

Light reflecting off of the entrance to Evelyn Anderson Hall
I don’t mind getting up early because the light hitting Evelyn Anderson Hall is one of my favorite sights!


One other way that a lot of students select classes is based on the professor. I definitely understand the appeal! While all Carleton professors are experienced, approachable, and interested in teaching, sometimes there’s someone that you particularly click with. 

professor stands at the front of the class room
I’ve had lots of engaging class discussions with my professors and it’s one of my favorite parts of Carleton!


As I’ve spent more time at Carleton, though, I have started picking classes entirely based on the topic. This last year I ended up having a class very late in the day during each term. My schedule worked fine, but it definitely wasn’t my ideal. Still, I enjoyed the topics enough that I think I’ll stick with this approach.

A white pigeon named Corny
One of the classes I took in Psychology let me work with a pigeon!

My Picks

Using my preferred method of paying attention only to the topics of courses, here are my top 3 classes I would take if I had an extra 48 hours in my day!

EDUC 340.00 Race, Immigration, and Schools

This course caught my eye because it centers around the public school system. Prior to attending Carleton, I attended a public high school. While I didn’t pay that much attention to the way my high school influenced me while I was a student there, it’s something I’ve been thinking a lot about in college. It would be really nice to contextualize my experiences!

SOAN 203.00 Anthropology of Good Intentions

I always love Sociology/Anthropology courses! I think a lot of people (me included) want to make the world a better place, so this course would help me understand what works and what doesn’t—as well as why.

CS 362.00 Computational Biology 

Computer Science is also one of my favorite departments. This course caught my eye because it draws on Biology and Genetics as well as Computer Science principles. It’s a great example of how interdisciplinary courses can become!

McKenna is a Russian and Psychology double major who is thrilled to be spending the summer in Minnesota! On campus, she’s often designing lights for a student performance, speaking Russian in Parish house, or grabbing a meal with friends. She’s also a proud member of the Carleton Equestrian Team. Off campus, she participates in the CLS Program and is a tutor with Paper AirplanesMeet the other Bloggers!