What are some classes everyone should take in college?

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  1. Aperipan

    Aperipan Senior member

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    What random courses you took which have proved to be useful later on?
     


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    Neo_Version 7 Senior member

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    As much as I hated taking them, I would suggest registering for a few English classes before graduating.
     


  3. Piobaire

    Piobaire Not left of center?

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    What random courses you took which have proved to be useful later on?

    Impact of feminist thought in the 20th century.
     


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    kwilkinson Having a Ball

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    I recommend you take some political science classes. And argumentation.
     


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    Impact of feminist thought in the 20th century.

    This course can be summed up in one word: minimal.
     


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    Aperipan Senior member

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    Impact of feminist thought in the 20th century.

    Care to explain how this has proved "useful"? Thanks.
     


  7. Huntsman

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    I wish I had taken more Philosophy. I have found that all the hardest classes with the most involved Profs were the most useful in life -- because they expanded and made more elastic my ways of thinking. Aesthetics was incredible. The sciences -- physics and chemistry -- are peerless in helping you to understand the physical whys. Public speaking has been very useful. Calculus I is the most useful math class from an 'aha' this is why standpoint. A good Western Civ class can be incredibly elightening but they seem to becoming more rare. History is essential for you to understand where you've been. Remember, learning is as much about process as product. The courses in which you have to fight your own mind and push yourself out of your comfort zone will always be the best. This, typically, will be a function of the Prof -- and frankly, you;ll never have the best of experiences with cakewalk Profs, nor with hardened curmudgeons, either. Find the ones with spark -- their rate-a-prof pages will usually have only strongly negative and strongly positive comments. ~ H
     


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    Huntsman Senior member

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    As much as I hated taking them, I would suggest registering for a few English classes before graduating.
    Missed this. I was a great writer going into college, and balked at the Eng Comp I class -- what an arrogant little idiot I was then. I learned so much. You rule, Mrs. McP! ~ H
     


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    I took an English class that focused on critical thinking, which was very good. It taught about persuasive writing, logical fallacies, that kind of thing. But the biggest lesson learned in that class was how many people, after a semester-long class, still didn't get it [​IMG].
     


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    Piobaire Not left of center?

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    This course can be summed up in one word: minimal.

    You could not be more wrong.
     




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    + 1. I would add basic math and physics classes to that too.
     


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    I agree with one of the above, something along the lines of philosophy, or law/contracts, or english writing, etc. the subject matter is actually less important then the process you'll be learning. Basically, how arguments are constructed and how to reason and think critically. Very practical.

    I personally found a course on human sexuality also very fascinating.

    if it's available - I took a course along the lines of career management, covering everything from resumes and interviews, to (and most importantly) how to manage your career, deal with bosses, coworkers, etc.

    Most of university is 80-20. You'll forget a lot of the knowledge but remember the process. A few things'll stick out and you'll use them again and again but most stuff you'll jsut forget.
     


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    Threak Senior member

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    I personally found a course on human sexuality also very fascinating.
    I took a class like that offered by the psychology department and enjoyed it. A female friend of mine sat in the class once, though, and hated it. She observed the class in the middle of the semester, though, so I think she was shocked by how explicit the lectures and discussions were, whereas the rest us of were comfortable with them by then. Or maybe she was just a prude. Then again, the professor, a Japanese lady in her 30-40's, frequently made jerking-off gestures (sometimes with sound effects).
     


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