03 9 / 2013
Good luck, and have a fantastic year! We’re rooting for you.
13 8 / 2013
13 8 / 2013
Anonymous said: Could you tell me what the sociology department at Reed is like? Also, what's the distinction between Sociology and Anthropology at Reed? Thanks!
Since neither of us were sociology or anthropology majors, we can’t really give you any in-depth info, but we can point you to Reedies who can. There are a bunch here on Tumblr, or you can drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For general info on sociology at Reed, a good place to start is the major homepage. You can browse faculty profiles, get a sense of what they study, courses + course descriptions, recent thesis titles, and other resources.
Sociology is housed under the History and Social Sciences division, and is a super awesome major. The profs are great, and the students are really dedicated to what they study. Sociology seems to really combine all the typical social science aspects of the other majors and become a HSS supermajor: the cultural studies of anthropology, the comparative studies of history, and the empirical thinking and analysis of economics. Soc at Reed is very much a cross-cultural and comprehensive study of social institutions and human learning in a range of settings, whether they be economic, political, religious, racial, or educational. Like we said, it’s cool.
Anthro is a bit harder to pin down. In general, it is “a broadly comparative framework for the study of human life and experience.” Yet there are also sub-divisions of cultural, linguistic, biological, and archeological anthropology that you’ll find in certain classes both in and outside of the department. Traditionally, the department has been centered on cultural anthropology and can be very theory-based. Again, if there are Anthro majors out there who want to lend their experience, feel free to chime in.
Definitely check out the course catalog for both of these departments to get a sense of what subjects are taught at Reed, and if they seem like they might be up your alley. If you’re an incoming freshman planning on being an HSS major, you’re probably going to end up taking either (or both) Sociology 101 or Anthro 101 after freshman year. Talk with your adviser, professors in each department, and trust your judgement. Don’t be afraid of being stuck in a major your first year, either. If you decide one isn’t your academic cup of tea, there are always other options.
13 8 / 2013
Anonymous said: Hi, I have an anonymous question I'd like to ask. I'm a freshman and will be at Reed in about 20 days. In our meeting with our adviser, I know we discuss courses and stuff. What else do we talk about? I would like to study domestically and apply for a Visiting Student Permit at Harvard. Would this be possible to have arranged? Thanks.
Honestly, what you talk about really depends on your adviser, your major, and the questions you have. Some might check in with you about how Orientation is going and how you’re adjusting, some might be more detached and just go through what you need to know about signing up for classes. If you have any about major planning, requirements, class set-up, etc., that meeting is a really good place to get them off your chest.
You can certainly talk about domestic study abroad plans with your adviser, and it definitely doesn’t hurt to start early. Right now Reed doesn’t offer a domestic program with Harvard (we do offer a domestic study with Howard University), but that doesn’t bar you from putting together a program.
Here is more info on domestic programs, international programs, and contact info for the International Programs Office. If you are considering any kind of study abroad, we would definitely suggest setting up a meeting with Paul DeYoung, the Director of International Programs. He can tell you all you would need to know about the specifics and nitty-gritty of applying for, arranging, and planning for any kind of study abroad trips.
13 8 / 2013
Anonymous said: I want to join Reed's rowing team, but I have no experience at all. I know that Reed has a beginner's PE class for rowing, but would that allow me to join the team?
Basically, you don’t have to have much experience to do any sport at Reed. It helps, sure, but you’re not barred from participating. And that P.E. class? That is the rowing team. To sign up for crack-of-dawn, beautiful sunrise practice sessions on the Willamette, all you have to do is sign up for the class. (You receive P.E. credit for being on the team this way.)
If any other Reedies out there know who is currently coaching/heading the team and could get in touch with this Anon, please let us know!
13 8 / 2013
should I take Hum 210 instead of Latin (which I am currently enrolled in) I don’t know what to doooo.
also if I do does anybody have any advice on which professor to take it with? choices that would fit into my schedule as it stands are I-Don’t-Know-First-Name-Or-Department Steinman and Dana Katz.
(I’m supposedly a history major so I have to take it at some point but I really like Latin BUT it doesn’t seem like it’s going to be overly useful and it seems silly to take a class that is a full year if it isn’t going towards anything.)
and also of course I can’t wait to see you all again and I love you and welcome to the innocent freshlings and so on. :)
Steinman = Lisa Steinman of the English department. She specializes in poetry, and is a very supportive professor. Dana Katz is from Art History, exuberant, very good about supporting/meeting with students to discuss paper topics, provide resources, etc, and an all-around lovely person. In short, they’re both great to have as conference leaders.
If you’re considering majoring in History, it’s going to be useful to have Hum 210 finished before your junior year (JSem and Qual year.) Hum 210 is a time commitment, and depending on conference leader, can have more research and paper writing than you’ll want to be doing on top of JSem and the Qual.
13 8 / 2013
To all Reed students: Listen up, this is important!
I don’t know how many of you check your Reed emails regularly during the summer, but there have been two important Webmail developments in the last several weeks. (I’m still on Webmail, yes.)
On July 16, a staff member sent out an email informing the community that two professors and two members of the student senate have been asked to draft a new policy on discriminatory harassment and sexual misconduct. The email contains links to a rough draft of the proposed policy and an online form community members may use to critique it.
I urge you all the read the draft, of course. The issues of assault and harassment affect every member of the Reed community in some way; it would be against your own best interest to ignore the college’s attempts to address them. Also, revisions should be almost done by now, so if you want to have a say, you need to read the draft and submit your feedback as soon as possible.
Personally, I think it looks good. It needs to be expanded and made clearer in some places, but I can’t see anything wrong with it at the moment. (If you disagree with this assessment, you need to make your voice heard because I already left positive feedback through the online survey.)
However, that’s not the point of this post.
This has been making the rounds, but is a very important read. Please take the time to go through it, especially if you’re interested in how this will translate to student involvement in school policy.