Since second semester started yesterday, it might be fun to take a look at some course options.

For starters, how could you not try to get in to ECON 357T(S) The Strange Economics of College, a tutorial taught by Morty? Morty was a great teacher 16 years ago and I suspect that he has only improved with age. Of course, some allowances (only 6 students allowed and meetings with three students instead of two as in other tutorials) seem to have been made for Morty’s position as president, but these are small beer compared to the opportunity for an marvelous class.

ECON 255 Econometrics is something that anyone who as even daydreamed about graduate school in any of the social sciences should take. The course description notes:

Highly recommended for students considering graduate training in economics or public policy.

This should really read:

Failure to take this course, along with as many math and statistics courses that you can possibly stand, will result in a miserable experience in graduate school, not just for economics but for political science, sociology, public policy and most everything where numbers are ever used. Don’t believe us? Look at any recent issue of the leading journals in these fields. Also, students at Williams who double major in math are most likely to be accepted by elite graduate schools and do well there.

But maybe that’s just me.

REL 303 Reality with Mark Taylor should be a requirement for any undergraduate who thinks that she is smarter than her professors. Dropping the old REL 301 course with Taylor was the single stupidest course decision I made at Williams. Whether you think of Taylor as a prophet or a fraud, there can be no doubt that he runs his classes in an academically rigorous — some might even so old-fashioned and conservative — fashion. As with all such cool classes, you should feel free to ignore the course prerequisites. Just tell Professor Taylor that the Williams Blog sent you!


Other ancient alum are welcome to send in there advice to today’s Ephs.

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