Curious about Class Sizes?
I talk with a lot of prospective students and many have asked me what a typical university class is like in Arts.
Well, besides the mandatory Arts 1000 class, all my classes have been relatively small- averaging between 25-65 people. However, I do have a class this year that only has nine students… so, obviously the professor has gotten to know each of us very well. And that’s not to say that your professor won’t learn your name in a class of 60, it just might take them a little longer.
I find many of my classes are similar to those I had in high school. You go to class, listen to a lecture, take notes and are encouraged to participate. However, there is one VERY key difference. When I was in school, I once had a French Immersion Science class with a teacher who didn’t even speak French… does that make any sense to you? No, me either. That will NOT happen here. Your professor will know their material inside and out and will be very eager to share all they know with you.
My first class EVER at UNB was a history class. The lecture was on the invention of the clock. I know… my first thought was “BORING…” but was I wrong. The professor used a combination of overheads, YouTube videos, and an animated speech. He explained in GREAT detail how the invention of the clock changed the world (and trust me, it did!)
UNB claims that students here are more than just a number in the classroom and I wholeheartedly agree. I am more than a number. To most of my professors I am Rachel. You walk down the halls of Tilley and they often greet you with a smile and a wave. The small classes allow you to get to know your professor, learn their expectations and enjoy your class that much more.
Many professors are branching out on their teaching styles and no longer just use straight lecturing techniques. All of my professors use multiple media outlets to engage with students such as showing videos, using PowerPoints, and creating online participation options. Many classrooms are completely set up with built-in projectors and sound systems too.
Want to see a classroom for yourself?
UNB offers an incredible opportunity for prospective students to come and sit in on an Arts class. Interested? GOOD! I HIGHLY encourage you to check it out! Come for a tour and request to sit in on a class.
Maybe I will see you there.
Editor’s Note: The average first and second-year class size in the Faculty of Arts is 28.