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it seems that students rave about the classes, they practically
gush about the faculty.
the professors gush right back.
could be better than bright, inquisitive students taking a course
that I have dreamed up because it suits me perfectly?" asks
Professor of English Janet Hadda, a recipient of the Harriet and
Charles Luckman Distinguished Teaching Award, who leads a Collegium
course on psychology and literature.
of English Robert N. Watson, who teaches classes on popular culture,
notes that the Collegium allows professors to "propose and
teach courses that departments generally can't make room for, including
teaching outside one's area of specialization to pursue a new or
of all, he says, "One can assume that the students will be
smart, eager and prepared. It's a chance to make a real contribution
to the interdisciplinary functions of the campus."
of Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics Jeffrey H. Miller
teaches a Collegium course about the interaction of science and
society. "We deal with a lot of controversial topics"
and discussions can sometimes get tense, he says, but that only
makes it more intellectually stimulating. With at least 60 applicants
for the 20 class seats, he looks forward to a class mix that reflects
learn more than the students do each time," he says. "It's
a terrific experience."
some students might complain that it is at times difficult, because
of the limited number of courses, to get the class one wants or
needs, or that perhaps a selection of the science offerings are
more "pop" than hard science, most have found that being
in Honors Programs has been a defining educational experience.
provided me with a sense of academic direction," says Katz.
"It has reinforced the deliciousness of dabbling in other disciplines
for the pure enjoyment of learning."
G. Wax is a freelance writer in Los Angeles.