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Fun, Easy Classes

beth's mombeth's mom Posts: 2,374Registered User Senior Member
edited February 2012 in University of Alabama
Folks are always recommending that students balance their schedules to preserve their sanity/GPA, and make sure to take a fun, easy class every semester. Obviously what's fun and easy varies by individual, but I'd love to see some recommendations of those fun, easy classes that you (or your kids) have taken. I've found some recommendations scattered throughout various threads, but it would be nice to collect a list of them in a single thread. Thanks!
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  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Posts: 61,249Registered User Senior Member
    Good idea.....

    and it might help if in addition to naming a class, include time committment, and how much reading and writing is req'd.
  • ldinctldinct Posts: 1,810Registered User Senior Member
    ARt History 253 online class - significant time commitment but for the most part you can do the work when you can fit it in, except for weekly journal & tests.

    I was just about to start this thread as registration will be in a couple of weeks.
  • wdaveowdaveo Posts: 405Registered User Member
    I'd be interested in hearing about fun/easy Honors courses. I see several 1 credit courses with interesting topics, but I am guessing some are more time consuming than others.
  • beth's mombeth's mom Posts: 2,374Registered User Senior Member
    Yes, I've noticed the 1 credit Common Book Experience classes and wondered how they're graded/how much work is involved. Are there any grade distribution requirements at Alabama? If so you could run into problems with all the geniuses in the honors classes!
  • wake210wake210 Posts: 62Registered User Junior Member
    My S took MUS121 (intro to listening) during his first semester. It's a three credit class, that involves going to class 1 hour per week, and attending 4 on-campus concerts during the semester. There are a couple of quizzes during the semester - - not too difficult according to my S. And if you have Kevin Woosley as the prof, he gives many, many extra credit opportunities. (look on ratemyprofessors.com , the reviews for this course are very accurate)

    This easy 3-credit A+ was a great GPA booster. The only negative... it was Friday 8:00 am.
  • momreadsmomreads Posts: 2,831Registered User Senior Member
    My son took a Common Book Experience a couple of years ago. He really enjoyed the class. Had to write a couple of short papers. Really enjoyed his professor, too.
  • wdaveowdaveo Posts: 405Registered User Member
    MUS 121 looks fun - my S would love it. It doesn't count towards any requirements, though, does it? (Especially for an engineering major?)
  • crazyinalabama11crazyinalabama11 Posts: 137Registered User Junior Member
    I took a UH 120 that wasn't technically a CBE, but was about a book. It was very relaxed and engaging, and ended in October.

    I'm currently taking EN 220, which is Honors American Lit II. It's really, really fun. It's a discussion class and very laid back. My particular section requires daily reading journals and in-class reading quizzes, but those along with participation are 30% of your grade... so it's largely just showing up. We had a really easy midterm, and still have two papers and a final. I have Fred Whiting and he is AWESOME. This is legitimately my favorite class (and I'm in 19 hours, so that's significant), and I'd highly recommend it/him if you need lit credit.

    A lot of American studies classes are on really interesting topics. I'm taking a popular humor class right now and it's cool. I will say that my two favorite classes are easily my discussion ones (lit and political theory) though, so UH seminars would probably be the first choice for something fun since they're all small.

    As a general rule, you automatically care more about the class and get more out of it when it's interactive.
  • wake210wake210 Posts: 62Registered User Junior Member
    @wdaveo - MUS121 counts as a Fine Arts (FA) credit. My S is an engineering major also.
  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Posts: 61,249Registered User Senior Member
    If Mus121 counts as a Fine Arts, then an Engineering major can use it towards Core Req't of 9 credits of humanities. Most eng'g majors don't HAVE to take a FA class, but if they do, they can count it towards Humanities. Other majors do have to take at least 3 credits of FA.


    Eng'g Core Req'ts Humanities:
    9 semester hours of humanities (HU), literature (L) and fine arts (FA) area courses. A 6-hour discipline depth study is required and may be taken in either HU, L, and FA or HI and SB. There are no mandatory general education requirements for literature or fine arts, except as required for a specific engineering program.


    And....BTW...for sure it does count for FA


    MUS 121 Introduction to Listening FA


    http://registrar.ua.edu/academics/core-curriculum/general-studies/#tab=tab-2
  • JTownatpJTownatp Posts: 152Registered User Junior Member
    Thanks a lot for that recommendation, wake! MSC 121 is exactly what I was looking for to round out my schedule.
  • LadyDianeskiLadyDianeski Posts: 2,044Registered User Senior Member
    My son thought Art History 253 was going to be easy as pie, but he has trouble memorizing the slides because, he says, he's "not visual." He got a 94 on the first test, but he claims that was only because it was open book. (The others won't be.)

    His favorite class continues to be Latin, but I think that's partly because of the social aspect. He says the classics community at UA is like family.
  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Posts: 61,249Registered User Senior Member
    Oh...I agree....Art History isn't easy. Between memorizing artists, eras, names of paintings, symbolism, etc.....those classes can be brutal.
  • juniebugjuniebug Posts: 415Registered User Member
    LadyDianesky, is he taking the online version of that art class? That's the one DD is in. She says she is already familiar with the artists of that era thanks to her European History class in high school. My recollection is that this was a recommended "easy" class from last year!
  • fauxmavenfauxmaven Posts: 1,581Registered User Senior Member
    How about a dance class ?
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