Editorial | The secret to scheduling: Take classes that make learning fun
Published: Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, November 5, 2013 02:11
With most underclassmen registering this week, the Editorial Board of The Miami Student wants to highlight some classes we have taken in the past that have proven to be worthwhile.
Especially for those students who enter college undecided in their major, it is important to branch out and take classes you may never have thought of taking.
Who knows? One of your classes next semester could possibly steer your five-year plan in a direction you’ve never thought of.
If you find yourself still missing requirements that don’t sound too appealing, there are creative ways to take a class that will not only fulfill that requirement but allow you to have fun while doing it.
If you’re not big into writing but can’t get out of taking an English class, we recommend taking ENG 226, Introduction to Creative Writing. In this class, you read and write differently than you would in traditional English classes. You study creative writing work and then try it out yourself through a series of short stories that are sure to get your creative juices flowing. This is a nice break from English classes that require you to write essay after essay.
IMS 201 is also a popular class for a few obvious reasons. First, you study Twitter, blogging and other forms of digital media. In the highly digital world we live in, it is no secret that the skills you learn in IMS 201 will stick with you throughout your college and post-college years. You not only learn the basic history of the Internet, but learn special skills that could give you the competitive edge in today’s job market. You do not have to take IMS 101 to take 201.
If you’d rather work with animals than technology, we suggest taking KNH 150, Beginner’s Horseback Riding. This class provides a much-needed break in any schedule. When will you ever have the chance to ride horses for an entire semester? If you try it out and find you love it, you can retake the class as many times as you want—but you’ll only get credit for it once.
There are a variety of KNH classes that are awesome schedule fillers, which range from tennis to broomball.
If you are like many students who still need a physical science credit, PHY 111 could be for you. The astronomy and space physics class studies space exploration, astrophysics, astronomy and cosmology. Watching space movies is surely a fun alternative to an ordinary physics class.
The Editorial Board also agrees that all students, regardless of major, should take at least one philosophy class during their time at Miami. Philosophy classes teach students to think and reason like an expert. These classes also allow you to learn from classmates and professors through in-depth discussions on issues like morality, religion, the environment or death.
A couple philosophy classes we recommend taking are PHL 131, Problems of Moral and Social Values, or PHL 211, Problems of God, Morality and Religion. These classes will surely challenge your beliefs and promote stronger critical thinking skills.
There are hundreds of classes available for students to take but with only four years to squeeze in all graduation requirements, the pressure is on to choose wisely. We hope these suggestions help.