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Easy and interesting classes

friedmanfriedman - Posts: 183 Junior Member
edited June 2013 in University of Chicago
Hey! I'm actually an incoming student at UChicago. I was just wondering if any of you could give me a list of easy, yet interesting, classes/professors across all of the school's departments.

Please don't give me any of this, "You should challenge yourself with your schoolwork, regardless of what grade you get." I need to have a relatively high GPA for some career opportunities I'm interested in; I'd like to minimize GPA risk as much as possible. I'm looking to get into ibanking after college, then private equity after ibanking.
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Replies to: Easy and interesting classes

  • JHSJHS Registered User Posts: 17,952 Senior Member
    You aren't going to have any room for that kind of class first year anyway if you are trying to pursue an economics major. You'll be filling Core requirements and taking the economics intros. By the time you have room for the sort of class you want, you will have lots of chances to pick up scuttlebutt about courses and professors.
  • friedmanfriedman - Posts: 183 Junior Member
    Okay, then across hum/sosc/civ and whatever core requirements I'm missing, which professors are both easy and interesting?
  • sa0209sa0209 Registered User Posts: 610 Member
    I'm sure you don't want vague answers but people say classes are easy/interesting for different reasons. Once you get your Cnet ID and password, you will be able to access evaluations . uchicago . edu. Looking at the catalog, the timeschedules for next year, and the evaluations, you should be able to pick classes and professors that suit your tastes.
  • OluwamideOluwamide Registered User Posts: 28 New Member
    I totally agree!

    Here is a list of (easy sauce) classes I and some of friends and housemates recommend:

    1.) MATH 20700 (You'll get an A. Paul Sally is kind of a sweet heart)
    2.) AP 5 Sequence Biology (I'm in the room right now with an econ major who LOVES this sequence)
    3.) Honors Organic Chemistry (Don't worry, it's easier than the regular sequences, just all iBankers, no premeds)
    4.) Don't waste your time with Spanish 101 (or other trivial language classes), accelerated Bengali is more practical, less full, and just as easy (not to mention I know several emergent Bangladeshi firms that are rising stars in global iBanking).
    5.) Stay away from the gender studies civ classes [they go hard ;)]
  • friedmanfriedman - Posts: 183 Junior Member
    I like your sarcasm. Thanks for advising Languages 100's and gender studies civ. I'll take them.
  • neltharionneltharion Registered User Posts: 787 Member
    If you're intelligent, it's entirely possible to maintain a 3.8+ GPA while taking average-to-difficult classes at UChicago. Just FYI.

    Too many people conflate difficulty with amount of work anyways. Difficult courses require a lot of work. But sometimes "easy" intro-level courses give out tons of work too, and they turn into complete time-sinks. (I personally find language classes to be the primary offenders in this latter category.)

    Anyways, yes, check course evaluations. The professor matters more than the course number. I took the very traditional "hardcore" HUM and SOSC classes, and I've definitely spent a quarter of each of those two sequences thinking, "This has got to be a joke."

    (P.S. I don't know when it gets offered next, but History of Statistics is quite good and requires relatively little work. Speaking as someone who is not fond of statistics. Stigler is awesome.

    Anyways if you are majoring in Econ, you may as well double-major or minor in Statistics, and it can be used to fulfill a req.)
  • artloversplusartloversplus Registered User Posts: 8,431 Senior Member
    2.) AP 5 Sequence Biology (I'm in the room right now with an econ major who LOVES this sequence)
    3.) Honors Organic Chemistry (Don't worry, it's easier than the regular sequences, just all iBankers, no premeds)

    ha ha, good suggestion, Econ and Bio double major... great selection in U of C, that of course if you do graduate.
  • LachesLaches Registered User Posts: 28 New Member
    I'd recommend looking at classes that you find personally interesting rather than classes that seem easy. All classes assign a significant amount of work and you're less likely to do well if you don't enjoy the material being taught. When you get to Chicago, start talking to upperclassmen about different professors and that way you'll find classes you'll easily succeed in and enjoy.
  • kparcellkparcell Registered User Posts: 67 Junior Member
    isn't there a freakenomics class? i thought it was like statistics of crime or something?
  • CalvinCoolidgeCalvinCoolidge Registered User Posts: 208 Junior Member
    Economics of Crime taught by Levitt. I'm planning to take that course in the Winter (I think it's available on even number years?)
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