I am taking Computer Science major.Programming-I is my favorite class as i love to play with codes.The faculty members are cool and they are friendly.Everybody loves their classes and yes class participation is common.Most of students are competitive.Computer science major is one of the popular major here.The course includes a lot of practical exercises and projects.Professors in this department are really friendly and they are never tired of answering questions and sharing their ideas.i spent couple of hours with professors every week.As a whole this major is awesome.
The Music Department at Northwest is very demanding. So if you don't plan on working hard this is not your school. Being a music major does not guarantee a spot in the select choirs so if you plan on participating in these start preparing a solid audition. Dr. Lanier is the director of the show choir Celebration. He might quite possibly be the best in the department. He only expects the best and if you don't meet that he will let you know. He still is a great guy though and I have throughly enjoyed working with him. Dr. Bates and Mr. Kling are forward thinkers when it comes to Music Education. I have found that they encourage class disscussion and debate. I have a huge respect for both of them.
For those going into music be prepared to spend some time with theory. They just love theory here and, in my opinion, focus on it a little too much.
In general the professors on campus are pretty good. Most are willingly to work with you. Northwest does have attendance policies. Not attending class will affect your grade in about 90% of classes. The class sizes are small. I will be a senior next year and I have only been in a lecture hall size class once. The only bad thing about being a smaller university is that there aren't always a lot of class offerings and if there are most likely only one or two teachers teaching that class. This of course sucks if you want a different teacher or if you hate 8am classes.
I can honstly say out of two semesters spent at Northwest the only class I semi-enjoyed was Oral Communications(speech) only because the teacher was fantastic, all other teachers I experienced failed to learn the name of their student or show much concern for personal issues. I missed one Choir class due to the death of a friend I had attended school with since kindergarten, I informed my teacher ahead of time I would be absent and why to find out it was unexcused, when I confronted him he said "It was not the death of an imediate family member, therefore is unexcusable" Does this mean that we should not mourn the death of friends as well as family? This absolutely pissed me off, and I immediately left the program to join the nursing program, which a botany teacher is in charge of running (Tell me how that works) needless to say, i was not happy with either major field. However, the Elementary Education/Agricultural department seem to be the only fields worth pursuing at this school, as those are the departments they seem to spend the most money in (aside from Football.) Also, if you do not have a 'dancers body' don't even bother trying out for the show choir, I saw the department refuse acceptance to some of the best singers I have ever seen because they were not skinny enough but in their words "not in physical shape" for dancing. The music program is what I attended this school for, after turning down a large scholarship for the music program to a community college nearby, I was largely dissapointed with what I found.
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