Is there an easy way for a student to grab information from PeopleSoft about all the courses that are currently full and all that are currently empty? If not, could our readers pick their favorite departments (I would like to see MATH/STAT, HIST, PSCI, PSYC and ENGL next) and post the results in the comments? Thanks! Below the break are the results for ECON and PHIL.

Why are we doing this? First, the more data we have about Williams, the better we are able to evaluate what is going well and what is not. The College does not make this data available to alumni, so, without student help, we can’t tell if Williams is doing a good job of matching the supply of courses/professors with student demand. Second, we would like to create a time series of data. Perhaps the issue isn’t a big one on campus this year, but it might matter in 2 or 3 year. If so, those future students are going to appreciate having this information. Third, this data highlight, I think, continuing mistakes by the college in how it allocates resources and structures courses. Previous discussion here. But we can’t have a fully informed conversation about that without more/better data.

ECON and PHIL data below.

Full:
ECON 110 (Sec. 2) – Principles of Microeconomics, Gazzale
ECON 120 (Sec. 2)- Principles of Macroeconomics, LaLumia
ECON 120 (Sec. 4)- Principles of Macroeconomics, Love
ECON 225 – Global Financial Crisis and African Economic Development, Samson
ECON 252 (Sec. 2&3) – Macroeconomics, Kuttner, Love (respectively)
ECON 357 – The Economics of Higher Education, Zimmerman
ECON 374 – Poverty and Public Policy, Shore-Sheppard
ECON 384 – Corporate Finance, Gentry
ECON 467 – Development Successes, Montiel

Not Full:
ECON 110 (Sec. 1) – Principles of Microeconomics, Gazzale
ECON 111 – Introduction to Economics and Its Applications, Bradburd
ECON 120 (Sec. 1, 3) – Principles of Macroeconomics, LaLumia, Love (respectively)
ECON 222 – Economics of the Arts and Culture, Sheppard
ECON 228 – Water as a Scarce Resource, Bradburd
ECON 229 – Law and Economics, Gentry
ECON 251 (Sec. 1&2) – Price and Allocation Theory, Konishi
ECON 252 (Sec. 1)- Macroeconomics, Kuttner
ECON 255 (Sec. 1&2)- Econometrics, Swamy, Watson
ECON 360 – International Monetary Economics, Pedroni
ECON 362 – Global Competitive Strategies, Fortunato
ECON 378 – Long-Run Perspectives on Economic Growth, Ashraf
ECON 385 – Games and Information, Rai
ECON 389 – Tax Policy in Emerging Markets, Bakija
ECON 398 – Independent Study, Sheppard
ECON 457 – Public Economics Research Seminar, Bakija
ECON 463 – Financial History, Caprio
ECON 464 – Empirical Methods in Macroeconomics, Pedroni
ECON 492 – Honors Seminar, Sheppard
ECON 494 – Honors Thesis, Sheppard

Full:

PHIL 101 (Sec. 1, 2, 3)- Introduction to Moral and Political Philosophy, Barry, Mladenovic, Sawicki
PHIL 102 (Sec. 1) – Introduction to Metaphysics and Epistemology, Gerrard
PHIL 109 – Skepticism and Relativism, Cruz
PHIL 207 – The Unconscious, Mladenovic & Sawicki
PHIL 281 – Philosophy of Religion, Barry

Not Full:
PHIL 102 (Sec. 2)- Introduction to Metaphysics and Epistemology, White
PHIL 212 – Ethics and Reproductive Technologies, Pedroni
PHIL 224 – The Philosophy of Sex and Domination, Welch
PHIL 288 – The Embodied Mind: A Cross-Cultural Exploration, Dreyfus & Cruz
PHIL 318 – Necessity and Possibility, McPartland
PHIL 334 – Greek and Roman Ethics, McPartland
PHIL 379 – American Pragmatism, Gerrard
PHIL 388 – Consciousness, Cruz
PHIL 389 – The Structural-Systematic Philosophy, White
PHIL 494 – Senior Thesis, Gerrard
PHIL 498 – Independent Study, Gerrard

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