Division II students in their own words, from Non Satis Scire magazine
American Government and Constitutional Law
AREAS OF FOCUS
U.S. political and philosophical history
Will Ryan, codirector, writing program
Aaron Berman 70F, professor of history
I started out my Div with a heavy focus on political philosophy, but I pretty quickly realized that wasn’t the path I wanted to take. While I often enjoyed the arguments, the philosophical discussions of politics were usually too abstract for me. I’ve always been a solution-oriented person, which doesn’t always lend itself to extended philosophical musings. However, through a class at Mount Holyoke I discovered constitutional law, which has given me a practical application for philosophical arguments. Decisions by the court often rely on the same tools as philosophy but have real-world implications. I’ve been able to combine this new-found interest with my practical “American Gov” aspect, which has enabled me to achieve the balance and direction I wanted in my Div.
By starting Div III! To be honest, I don’t have any particular celebratory plans, but I’m excited about this summer. I’ll be continuing my work with Angus King on his reelection campaign and operating my ice-cream boat for its fourth season on Little Sebago Lake, in Maine.