Primack and Shectman have been in the class since the beginning of the semester. They are non-UNC auditors, which means they take classes on campus but aren’t UNC students.
“Anyone from the community that is interested in a class here (can audit), so it could be someone who is retired or just looking to audit a class to get additional information,” said Heather Duncan, assistant registrar for registration services.
Duncan said auditing comes with a $20 fee, and the auditor needs permission from the instructor and department head. Once approved, the auditor has access to Sakai and course documents but does not have to complete tests and assignments.
Auditing has historically been allowed on campus, but a 2010 change in policy required non-UNC auditors to register for classes rather than simply sitting in.
“There are four or five guys who are all retired who, some of them kind of follow me from class to class. Whatever I’m teaching they show up,” Andrews said.
“Last year I had a 92-year-old come to my class. It was great; we were talking about World War II and he was like, ‘Well let me tell you about...’ you know. So I think there’s a value to that, that I like.”
Some auditors have taken every one of Andrews’ classes, but this is the first of his classes both Primack and Shectman have taken. Primack said sports is a passion for him because he played varsity soccer in college.
“It’s interesting, and it’s running parallel with the other class I’m taking, which is religion in American history,” Primack said.