I’ve spent some time recently talking with various people about classes they took in school, whether they found them worthwhile, and what schools can do to improve the quality of their education. It’s been fascinating. So, I thought I’d post a few of the questions that I’ve been using and see what you all think. If you want to make a comment, please don’t feel like you have to answer all four questions. Just respond to the ones that seem most interesting to you.
Feel free to offer comments on any class that you’ve taken in college, graduate school, or seminary. I’ve added my own answers in red. (Note to my students: You don’t have to list any of my classes as your favorite class. Of course, if you don’t, I will remember that the next time that you take a class from me. I’ll try to be gracious, but I can’t make any promises.)
1. What was your favorite class? Why?
Hebrew exegesis. Since I didn’t have any Hebrew as an undergrad, my Hebrew classes in seminary were eye-opening and challenging in the best way.
2. What was one class that you’d take over again if you could?
Philosophy. There’s still so much there that I’m just now starting to understand.
3. What was one class that you didn’t think was worth the money?
I once took a class on Christian education in which I’m pretty sure that I learned absolutely nothing. Granted, it may have been my own fault. But still, I wouldn’t mind having that money back.
4. What is one class that you wish had been offered when you were in school?
Any class on the great figures of Christian theology (Augustine, Calvin, Wesley, etc.). I’m sure that’s one of the reasons that I teach a series of classes on such figures now.
What about you? If you can spare a few minutes from your weekend? What do you think about the various classes that you’ve taken so far?