This may not be at all funny without the background of what UCSC's catalogs look like, but what the heck.
Indecisive Studies Faculty and Professional Interests Hoo K. Aires, Professor of Politics, Stevenson Diplomacy and the open mind, undifferentiated products May Bhee, Associate Professor of History of Consciousness, Kresge East Asian indecisiveness Vic R. Bray, Lecturer of History of Consciousness, Oakes Tudor-era indecisiveness, agnosticism, Olivier's Hamlet C. Ross Campus, Professor of Education, Merrill Academic advising, class shopping, university administration Knot Know, Professor of American Studies, Cowell Procrastination, hypocrisy, history of "No Comment" P. R. Haps Nott, Assistant Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Porter Quantum uncertainty principle, indecisiveness from the cosmic perspective Aaron R. Priven, Professor of Sociology, College Eight, Coordinator Western cultural indecisiveness, mostly Scope The Indecisive Studies Committee is at this time (it is believed) a group of faculty members (well, they could be faculty members; frankly, we've never checked) who have not yet decided that they want to help students who are similarly irresolute. The Committee may possibly like to see students who are unsettled about their academic interests and are indetermined to continue on in such a fashion in the future. The Committee may offer a path for students with any possible interests, except perhaps psychobiology (well, maybe even that). The Committee has recommended in the past (although this may change without notice) that incoming students prepare themselves in many different subjects, although theater arts and engineering courses are stressed on alternate Thursdays. (Or was that Tuesdays?) The Indecisive Studies Committee office was last known to be located at 313 Merrill, and could be telephoned at 459-2850, but the office furniture and supplies have been put in storage at Hahn Student Services in preparation for a move to the new College Eight facilities (or was that Natural Sciences IV?). Requirements for the Major Eleven or so courses and something of a comprehensive are required for a B.A. Those requirements are (at press time): Introduction to Indecisiveness, Perhaps (course 10). This course may provide a basic study of modern indecisiveness for those who are not sure they want to enter the major. Sort-Of-Advanced Indecisiveness (course 100). This has given students (in the past) a strong foundation in whatever the fundamentals of Indecisive Studies are. Two upper-division courses from each division, and two from the arts. Arts courses may not be used to satisfy humanities requirements except in years ab urbe condita divisible by 3. One other upper-division indecisiveness course, well, unless you don't have time this quarter. Completion of an oral comprehensive examination or senior thesis. Alternatively, this requirement may be satisfied by doing the coordinator's laundry for a month, if the coordinator doesn't get too nervous about being found out. Lower-Division Courses 10. Introduction to Indecisive Studies, Perhaps Introduction to what might be the major. May discuss the nature of indecisiveness and why people don't choose to become indecisive. Or do they? Maybe you can find out. Studies indecision, frustration, and the burdens of choice. Field study in the 5th week at Baskin-Robbins. (General education code: either IH, IN, or IS, but nobody's really sure.) The Staff 42. Student-Directed Seminar. Seminars taught sometimes by upper-division students under faculty supervision (but not necessarily much of it). (See course 193, or was that 192? Whatever.) Prerequsite: consent of instructor and a note from the chairperson of any board beginning with "C" or "E." 80. Topical courses. These courses probably deal with a single subject, somewhat in-depth. That's the intention, anyway. Q. Hypocrisy and Cowardice in 1950's America. Might well deal with McCarthyism and the refusal of many to commit to it. Discusses the reaction (or lack of it) by the moderate-to-liberal business community and media to the assault upon leftist groups by the House Un- American Activities Committee, and in doing so will try to find out what an un-American activity is anyway. (General education code: T, usually.) K. Know Z. Strategies for Course Selection All (well, most) about courses at UCSC and how to avoid picking yours until the last minute, if even then. How to shop for classes, how to attend two different classes at the same time for at least the first week, tutorials on Add/Drop Petitions and Late Fee Waiver Petitions. (General education code: T, W for designated sections.) C. Campus Upper-Division Courses 100A. Sort-of-Advanced Indecisiveness. Mostly a continuation of studies from course 10. Goes into vacillation, incohesiveness, confusion, and coin-tossing, and the effects on American and world society. Priority given to majors and people who say "please" a lot. Prerequsite: course 10, or an equivalent course at another institution. A. Priven, K. Know 100L. Sort-of-Advanced Indecisiveness Laboratory (.2 course credit). Laboratory sequence studying some (but not all, probably) of the topics covered in 100A. One about three-hour laboratory section per week. Prerequisite: concurrent enrollment in 100A (or promising you will take it real real soon). The Staff 120A-*B. The Western Tradition. Studies the way indecisiveness has progressed in the West. A: Begins with Greek and Roman indecisiveness and continues through indecisiveness in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Special seminars on Hannibal: to stay in Italy or to return to Carthage; and on Jerome's literary decisions. Special unit on the English Reformation. B: Post-Renaissance indecisiveness. English public opinion during the Revolutionary War, French monarchism and republicanism, Haiti's status as a colony, and American isolationism. A: A. Priven, V. Bray; B: A. Priven, H. Aires 140. Eastern Indecisiveness. Indecisiveness in Eastern religions and the works of Eastern philosophers, including Confucian, Daoist, Buddhist, Vedic, and Shinto thought. (Well, I guess including that... I really haven't made up my mind yet.) Also studies uncertainty within the Eastern religions' world view, if there is any. M. Bhee 163. Uncertainty in Modern Physics Analysis of the uncertainty principle: Schrödinger's and Heisenberg's revelations and what they mean to modern science, philosophy, and religion. Relation of the uncertainty principle to indecisivism and the way in which indecisivists have affected modern physics. P. R. H. Nott 187. Study for the Comprehensive Examination. Reading and discussion under individual direction (if you can decide what to read and what to discuss). Required of majors who are taking the comprehensive examination, unless you complain to the coordinator enough. 192. Directed (sometimes) Student Teaching. Teaching a lower-division seminar (if anybody shows up) under some (usually not much) amount of faculty supervision. (See course, uh, 42.) Prerequisite: upper-division standing (or sitting, if you have a broken leg); submission of a proposal supported somewhat by a faculty member willing to do what passes for supervision. The Staff 195A-B. Senior Essay. Preparation for the senior thesis over one or two quarters normally including the middle quarter of the senior year. If taken as a multiple-term course, the grade and narrative evaluation submitted for the final quarter will apply for the first quarter unless a Petition to Erase the Evil IP is filed. The Staff 196. Coordinator's Laundry. Students selecting this method of fulfilling the comprehensive requirement may take this class to receive credit for the work. Due to odiferous footwear, prospective students with olfactory nerves are cautioned against taking the course. A. Priven 198. Independent Field Study. This course is to provide for off-campus work for credit. Only offered to nonmajors because no Indecisive Studies major could decide where to go. The Staff 199. Tutorial. Independent projects carried out under supervision of the faculty, or at least part of it. Prerequisite: bribery of the coordinator.