10 Easiest Courses at BMCC

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For many college students, an effective strategy to keep up a decent GPA while leaving time for other important matters is by taking relatively easier courses that do not require too much time or effort. Below are 10 of the easiest courses to take at Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC).

1. CRT 100 – Critical Thinking

This course is designed to develop the mind and help students learn to think clearly and effectively. Through substantive readings, structured writing assignments and ongoing discussions, students examine concrete examples from their own experience and readings and contemporary issues in the media to learn how to analyze issues, solve problems, and make informed decisions in their academic, professional, and personal lives.

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2. ACR 094 – Academic & Critical Reading I

This introductory college level reading course emphasizes improved reading comprehension through the practice of literal, inferential and critical reading skills, vocabulary development, writing, flexible reading rates, and study skills. A variety of materials is used to enrich students’ basic understanding of reading.

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3. ENG 101 – English Composition

This course introduces students to academic writing. Students learn to master the fundamentals of college-level reading and writing, including developing a thesis-driven response to the writing of others and following the basic conventions of citation and documentation. They practice what Mike Rose calls the “habits of mind” necessary for success in college and in the larger world: summarizing, classifying, comparing, contrasting, and analyzing.

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4. ENG 300 – Fundamentals of Journalism

This course offers an introduction to the practice, purpose, and history of journalism as projections about its future. The course addresses journalism in all its forms and media, e.g. film, print, radio, television, and Internet-based platforms, including Web sites, blogs, Twitter. It provides a foundation in journalism a??s professional code of ethics and the work of a free press to safeguard social liberty. Skills cultivated include information gathering establishing credibility, writing, editing and dissemination.

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5. HED 100 – Health Education

This course provides students with the knowledge, skills, and behavioral models to enhance their physical, emotional, social, intellectual and spiritual health as well as facilitate their health decision-making ability. The primary areas of instruction include: health and wellness; stress; human sexuality; alcohol, tobacco and substance abuse; nutrition and weight management; and physical fitness.

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6. MAT 100 – Fundamentals of Mathematics I

This course includes the study of several mathematical systems. The course discusses the role of mathematics in modern culture, the role of postulation thinking in all of mathematics, and the scientific method. The course considers topics such as: the nature of axioms, truth and validity; the concept of number; the concept of set; scales of notation; and groups and fields.

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7. MMA 100 – Foundations of Digital Graphic Design

This image-based course introduces graphic design as the foundation upon which effective visual communication is built. Investigation of the elements and principles of graphic design will lead to specific design problems and their solution. The course covers the development of ideas and the ability to communicate them effectively. Discussion of both vector and bitmap-based digital graphic platforms will begin progress toward industry-standard computer proficiency.

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8. ART 101 – Digital Imaging Studio I

This course introduces digital art image making, editing and design techniques as a foundation upon which an effective visual language is built. Students discover a broad range of visual ideas, concepts and techniques to use in creating images. Students use imaging and design software consistent with that in use by artists and other visual professions as a beginning step towards professional-standard computer proficiency.

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9. PHI 100 – Philosophy

The study of philosophy helps students develop analytic skills and gain an appreciation of the general philosophical problems with which human beings have grappled throughout Western civilization. This course explores basic philosophical problems such as free will and determinism, the criteria which justify ethical evaluations, the philosophical considerations which are relevant to belief or disbelief in God, and knowledge and illusion.

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10. COM 100 – Introduction to Communication Studies

This course examines major research areas, perspectives, and theories within the field of communication studies. The course introduces and reviews key approaches to the study of human interaction, rhetoric, language, persuasion, and cultural processes across diverse contexts.

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Taking these courses will surely be a benefit to both your mental health and your GPA. As these classes free some time in your schedule, you can turn you focus to other matters, such as finding a summer internship or joining extracurricular activities.

Author: Chelsea Wang

Undergraduate student at Carnegie Mellon University pursuing a B.S. in computer science with an additional major in mathematical sciences.

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