Thursday, March 24, 2011

Explore Courses Outside Your Field of Study

As spring quarter is just around the quarter, consider taking an elective course. The Explore Courses feature of the Stanford Bulletin allows one to browse courses by name, instructor, title, or keyword. If you’re not sure where to begin, allow me to suggest some starting points.

The School of Medicine offers a category of courses called “Medicine Interdisciplinary,” or INDE. Course titles include “Medical Mandarin,” “Human Health and Disease,” "Career Transition Planning,” and “Managing Difficult Conversations.” These courses are excellent for professional development.

The Center for Teaching and Learning offers several courses aimed to improve oral communication and teaching skills. Find a complete list of these courses entering the code “CTL” in the Explore Courses search field.

The Hasso Plattner Institute of Design ( offers hands-on lab courses that expose students to the creative process of design. Enter “design institute” to find a complete listing of courses on Explore Courses.

The Vice Provost for Graduate Education (VPGE) has compiled a list of “Outward Facing Classes” categorized by Home School/Program.

If you’re interested in what other Stanford students thought of a particular course, visit Courserank. Additionally, Stanford medical students have compiled a list of courses and reviews on Medipedia (Life Inside → Pre-Clinical Years → Interesting Electives). Both require SUNetID and password for access.

Feel free to comment or email with course recommendations!

1 comment:

  1. AKA "Why Stanford is better than UCSF"... :)

    Don't forget classes from the business school! And of course, golf. It makes you more productive in lab. I promise.