10 Easiest Courses at SJFC

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Many college students often find that one effective strategy to manage their time is by taking easier courses that do not require too much time or effort. This tends to benefit both their GPA and their mental health, leaving them time for their social life and a decent amount of sleep. Below are 10 of the easiest courses to take at St. John Fisher College (SJFC).

1. ACCT101 – Principles of Accounting I

This course introduces the student to the language of business. The course includes a study of the concepts underlying the measurement of income and the process of preparing basic financial statements. Other topics include a study of current assets, property, plant and equipment, intangible assets, and current and non-current liabilities.

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2. ARTS102 – Encounter with the Arts

This course aims to give students a firsthand experience of their cultural world through participation in such forms as cinematography, theater, painting, sculpture, music, poetry, dance, and architecture. Whenever possible, artistic events in the Rochester area, as well as classroom presentations by area artists, are incorporated.

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3. ARTS236 – Photo I: Art Photography

In this course, students develop an appreciation for the art of photography through the study of basic digital photographic skills and concepts. The course covers use of an SLR camera and the development of basic Photoshop skills. Students explore a range of photographic styles and subject matter and will discuss the work of professional photographers.

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4. COMM100 – Intro Mass Communication

In this course, students study audiences as users and producers of content, the changes occurring within media industries, and political and legal influences within the areas of strategic communication (public relations, advertising and social media marketing), entertainment (television, video games, books, radio and music), and journalism (online, print and broadcast).

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5. CRIM100 – Intro to Crim & Crim Jus

This course introduces students to the university-level disciplines that examine crime and its processing as empirical, social, economic, and legal phenomena. The course begins by having the student examine what we know about the nature and extent of crime. The course, then, focuses on the process and system developed in this country to deal with crime, offenders, and victims. Students learn why criminal justice is considered a system and what themes characterize each part of it, from policing and the courts through punishment and release. The law surrounding our justice process will be a primary focus of this examination.

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6. ENGL110 – Critical Reading & Writing

This course focuses on engaging students as writers and readers, building the reflective awareness needed for success in a wide range of college experiences. In this course, students write consistently, receive feedback on their writing and give feedback to others, and practice conventions of academic writing. In addition, students engage with challenging readings and begin putting others’ ideas in conversation with their own.

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7. PHIL100 – Basic Logic

This course covers a study of the principles of correct reasoning, with emphasis on the analysis of everyday arguments. Topics include the common fallacies, definitions, deduction, induction, and argument by analogy.

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8. PSYC100 – Intro to Psychology

This course provides the student with an integrated approach to psychology. Students are introduced to both the empirical and theoretical views of behavior within a discipline noted for its breadth and diversity of interests.

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9. SOCI101 – Intro to Sociology

This course provides students with a general introduction to the field of Sociology and the major concepts employed for studying the interrelations between the individual, groups, and society.

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10. WGST101 – Women & Gender Studies

This course is designed to introduce students to the academic study of the relationship between gender roles and power through an intersectional lens. Students develop a greater awareness of gender and its complex intersections with other social, cultural, and biological categories (sex, race, class, ability, age, nationality). Students gain an insight into the degree to which gender is a biological fact of human existence and the degree to which gender is socially constructed.

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These courses will surely be beneficial to both your GPA and your mental health, freeing up time in your schedule to focus on other important matters, such as finding an internship or joining extracurricular activities.



Author: Chelsea Wang

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

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