Soon students will register for classes for the spring semester. Sometimes this can be a stressful task and you might be asking yourself, “what are the classes I have to take?” or “what are the classes I want to take?” Forty years ago, Saint Rose students struggled with the same dilemmas. Flipping through the Undergraduate Course Catalog from 1973 to 1974 the majors and areas of concentration would probably look familiar to you. Back in ’73 there were twenty areas students could study. And just like today, different courses were offered every semester. Here is a sample of some of those classes:
French majors could sign up for a course called FR. 12 DICTION AND ELOCUTION OF THE SEVENTIES. In this class students would work on French pronunciation with an emphasis on expression and public speaking. Students would practice inside the classroom and in the language laboratory.
Students studying Business could take BS. 11 STENOGRAPHY and learn shorthand and speed reading and writing. Biology students would take BIO. 36 POPULATION ECOLOGY this course had an emphasis on the nature of population growth, interaction and regulations of populations. Even though Saint Rose had become a nondenominational college, students could still study Religion, the course description was as follows for RS. 41 SANCTITY, SANITY AND SEX “Sex, marriage and religion.” So, students had quite a few options of courses they could take.
The course catalog not only describes the educational life of the college student but the campus life too. Below are two pages from the catalog that describe the campus life of a college student. I like the second on the list of something a Saint Rose student does, “sit up long hours talking.” Don’t tell Mom!
Check out the college’s first course catalog on the Archives website located in the digital document collection.
-Stephanie Clowe, Archives Intern