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Undersubscribed HASS subjects are cancelled

By Trudy Liu

Four fall-term undergraduate classes in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences program were cancelled early this term due to low enrollment.

In the literature department, Irish Literature (21.075) and Problems in Cultural Interpretation (21.177) were cancelled. Poetry Workshop (21.762) and Science and Technical Writing Workshop (21.783), both from the Writing Program, were also cancelled.

According to HASS Dean Philip S. Khoury, the number of cancelled classes this term is not significantly different from that of previous terms. There probably will not be a significant change in the number of HASS classes offered this spring term, he added.

"There is roughly the same number of HASS subjects every term," Khoury said.

According to officials from the literature department, low enrollment was the reason for two literature classes being cancelled. Seven students pre-registered for 21.075, and only four showed up for the first class. Professor of Literature Stephen J. Tapscott, who was to have taught the course, now teaches an extra section of Major Poets (21.004), which is oversubscribed.

Also cancelled due to low enrollment was 21.177, which is normally offered both terms and deals with the relationship between imaginative texts and the culture surrounding them. The topic planned for this fall term would have been "Intellectual Foundations of the Far Orient."

The course "has a tendency to be undersubscribed because most people don't know what the course is about," said Senior Secretary of the Department of Literature Briany G. Keith. "As a result, people tend to overlook the class," he said.

The focus topic in 21.177 in the spring will be "Novels, Feelings, and Moral Dilemmas, 1750-Present," and will be taught by Associate Professor of Literature Rita B. Goldberg.

Poetry Workshop, a nine-unit course, has no prerequisites but is designed for students with previous experience in writing poetry. Science Journalism is the prerequisite for the 12-unit Science and Technical Writing Workshop. Both were cancelled this term.

Despite cancellation, 21.762 and 21.783 will continue to be offered on a regular basis, officials from the Writing Program said.