Extremely difficult. Most are set up seminar style with 10-15 students. My smallest class was Dance Design and Production and had only 4 other students in it. Professors require your involvement in discussions and attendance is not always necessary, but expect a concerned e-mail from your professor if you don't show up. The workload is intense...hence the notorious "Work Forest" nickname.
Active and Smart
As an English major, my classes are small (10-20 students) and largely discussion-based. Any intro classes that I've taken (100 level) have been larger (20-30 students)--science and math intro classes being much larger in size and lecture-based (around 30-80 students). Overall, my upper-level classes (300 level) are challenging but no class has ever been unmanageable without help from my professors. Course load is everything. My discernment of the number combination of classes that I want to take in a semester has been crucial to how stressful and enjoyable the classes have been--and to my success in those classes.
As a general rule, I really like my classes...I mean I ought to, they're classes for my majors, English and French. But as to what my classes are "like"? They are generally around 18-25 students per class, class participation is generally mandatory, but that's okay because you get to show off your smarts with witty comments. Classes are either 50 minutes long/ 3x a week, OR 1hr15min classes/twice a week. I prefer 50 minutes classes...mainly because I swear I'm slightly ADD and I can't keep focus for that long.
My classes at Wake vary from department to department, but each one has been challenging in its own way. Whether it through learning a new perspective or learning a new language, each class has required me to put effort into it. If the student has any concerns or questions, all they need to do is ask their professor. Professors are willing to meet with students and usually have office hours.
Some of my classes have completely changed the way that I view the world. The most poignant one so far in my college education was about Contemporary India. This class enabled me to learn about a country that is far more diverse than I could originally fathom. One of my English professors introduced literature to me in a way that will make me never read a book the same way, but with far more depth and insight.
Ultimately, classes at Wake depend on each professor, but students have to earn their grades. The standard of education is higher, but it is one that I thrive on as a student that takes my grades seriously. After all, it is the more demanding classes that a student takes the most away from. Each student can choose how much their load will be depending on their major, as some majors are more demanding than others. Overall, professors take their classes seriously and expect their students to do so, but it is always fun to learn from passionate professors!
My classes consist of 3 English major courses (African American Fiction, African American Poetry, and 18th century British Literature). They are so interesting but a lot of reading and a lot of paper writing. The Writing Center is my best resource besides my professor's office hours on handling everything.
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