August 15, 2020

Easing your scheduling pains: Seven must-take electives

Scheduling for the upcoming semester is a very stressful time in college students lives and understandably so. Trying to fit all the classes needed into a maximum of 18 credit hours or trying to find enough classes that put you right at that 12 credit hour requirement can give students premature grey hair.

Electives are a good way to attempt to decrease the amount of stress given during the semester. Most of the time these are classes not required for individual majors, but they still can offer valuable knowledge. Here are some that may be able to fit into your schedule for fall 2019.

Counseling psychology

Whether or not you’re interested in being a counselor or a psychologist, psychology 373 is a great opportunity to learn how to be a good human being. You will be taught social skills, how to read others, and how to enforce self-care. There is a prerequisite of either psychology 120 or psychology 121, but that is a must for every major. The class is offered from 6 – 9:20 p.m. Thursdays.

Interpersonal communication

Communications 151 is a great course to take to become a better communicator. Similar to psychology 373, the class focuses on improving your relationships with others and creating a positive atmosphere for change. The class is offered Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:30 – 1:45 p.m. or 2 – 3:15 p.m.

Beginner’s yoga

With health and sports sciences 101, you will learn the beginning steps to yoga and how to unwind from the stress of college. Express your zen while learning child’s pose. This course is perfect for college students that lack motivation to get to the gym on a regular basis. The class is offered Tuesdays from 3:40 – 5:20 p.m.

Self defense

Learning self defense is important for anyone at any age and at any point in their lives. The class provides the knowledge it takes to protect oneself in potentially harmful situations. Getting a grade for learning how to kick butt? Why would anyone not take this class? The course is offered Mondays from 7 – 7:50 p.m.

Introduction to public relations

Public relations 161 provides students with a better understanding of the field of public relations. It is the perfect class for anyone interested in a potential minor or major in public relations, but who is also unsure if it would be a good fit for them. The class runs on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 12 – 12:50 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 – 10:45 a.m.

Introduction to logic

Desire the skills to be the ultimate arguer? Think that you already know how to think? Think again. Philosophy 150 is a class full of problem solving, argument building, and analytical processes. Discover a new way to answer everyday problems with some philosophical thought. The class is offered Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2 – 3:15 p.m. or Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 11 – 11:50 a.m.


Interested in acting but not sure if you really have what it takes? TH-100 is the class for you. Get real life experience by taking part in readers theatre or dramatic productions. While it does require some out of class work (memorizing lines and practicing in the mirror), this class is fun and exciting and a must have if your schedule allows. The class is held Tuesdays from 5 – 5:50 p.m.

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