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Because some people just like a challenge.
Unless you really like memorization, this class is quite hellish. The lectures are great, but the memorization -- five facts for each slide -- is a lot of work. Also, since virtually no one has written an art history paper before (at least no one who is taking 101-102) you just write the papers like regular papers, and it turns out that art history papers are supposed to be totally different, and since there are only two papers in the semester, it's hard to improve much.
Estimated weekly workload: 2-5 hours
Topology is hard. And the final exam was really hard, definitely nothing like what was in class. Since the textbook (Munkres -- pretty much the only textbook in existence) is created for a two-semester graduate school course, and this class covers it in one semester as a 300-level course, you have to skip a lot, so it's hard to know what to review in the textbook. Also, there are very few examples, and a lot of long proofs, and almost no illustrations.
Estimated weekly workload: 5-10 hours
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