TEACHING: More Popular Than Dismal

There was standing room only at Harvard's Lowell Lecture Hall as more than 1,200 eager students crowded in for the opening of one of the hottest courses on campus. Human Sexuality 101? Analytical Communal Living 202? Mysticism 303? Hardly. It was Economics 10, the standard survey course for beginners. Enrollment in the course is up 43% from last fall, and nearly one in every five Harvard undergrads is taking it. The Harvard campus is not alone. At Columbia and Barnard, at Atlanta's black Morehouse College and the patrician University of Virginia, at universities all across the U.S., that once-dismal mainstay...

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