REL 103 – Spring 2002

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REL 103 – 9:00 to 9:50 am Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Jan. 7th to April 26th, 2002
Professors: P. Williams, J. Hanges
My Grade: A-
My take on the course:

A little boring, a lot frustrating, and hours more work than it should have been. That sums up my experience with REL 103. The tests were long and the questions got awful specific… the amount of reading they expected us to do was ridiculous… the papers we had to write were a stretch for a class whose course number barely breaks triple digits. I guess the only alternative to being graded for a pointless class is being handed an A for a pointless class, so I haven’t got much of an argument, but sit through a few Miami Plan courses and you’ll know just what I mean.

Oh, and the atmosphere in the University religion department seems to be one of academic arrogance, bias against anything that even rhymes with “traditional,” and just downright weird-ness. Three professors took turns teaching REL 103; two of the three (and my TA – lecture met twice a week and Fridays we were split into discussion sections) seemed rather angry at the world in general and apparently felt that making us write papers would help us see the light (or dark, as the case may be). If you’re short on patience and can find something better for fulfilling those accursed requirements, avoid REL 103.