10 Easiest Courses at SMCM

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Many college students who find themselves struggling with their coursework often find that one effective strategy to manage their time is by taking easier courses that do not require too much time or effort. Below are 10 of the easiest courses to take at St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM).

1. ART 204 – Introduction to Drawing

This course is an introduction to the fundamental issues, materials, and techniques of drawing. Drawing skills and visual awareness are addressed through formal exercises and creative projects. Emphasis is given to developing an understanding of the basic principles of two-dimensional design and the depiction of form and space.

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2. ASTR 154 – Solar System Astronomy with Laboratory

This course is an introduction to the astronomy and planetary science of the solar system, with emphasis on the formation, structure and composition of the planets circling the sun. Other topics studied include the examination of comets and the asteroid belt, Kuiper belt planetesimals such as the former planet Pluto, formation and composition of the moons circling the planets, the search for planets outside the solar system and the possibility of extraterrestrial life in and outside the solar system.

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3. ENGL 101 – Introduction to Writing

This course introduces students to college-level discourse and aims to help students improve basic writing skills. The course emphasizes effective processes of composing as well as the qualities of a successful written product. Instruction is conducted through journal writings, class meetings, small-group sessions, tutorial sessions and individual conferences. It also includes work on grammar, sentence structure and the writing of paragraphs and essays.

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4. PHIL 101 – Introduction to Philosophy

This course provides students with the opportunity to think critically and systematically about fundamental problems of life and the nature of the universe, with materials drawn from a wide variety of intellectual traditions, ancient and modern, Western and non-Western.

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5. PSYC 101 – Introduction to Psychology

This course is a survey of the theoretical and empirical foundations of contemporary psychology. Throughout this study of human behavior and the mind, students gain insight into the history of the field of psychology, as well as explore current theories and issues in areas such as cognition, motivation, and wellness.

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6. SOCI 101 – Introduction to Sociology

This course examines social order and change using fundamental sociological concepts. It establishes a framework for the systematic and critical interpretation of society and the analysis of social problems, and facilitates an understanding of how and why individuals and groups behave as they do.

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7. TFMS 106 – Introduction to Dramatic Literature

In this course, students study scripts and other related performance materials chosen to exemplify a range of genres, historical periods, and cultures. Readings assist students toward understanding the social, ideological, and artistic contexts and functions of performance literature.

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8. WGSX 150 – Introductory Topics in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

This course explores various topics in women, gender, and sexuality, offered at an introductory level. Topics may include the study of women across a variety of disciplines, the examination of femininities and masculinities, or the application of gender and queer theory.

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9. GEOL 130 – Introduction to Geology

This course explores the world of geology, both physical and historical, with emphasis on its relevance to other major disciplines. Basic principles of the geosciences are examined and used to illustrate some of the important contributions geology has made to our knowledge and understanding of the world today.

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10EDUC 140 – Introductory Special Topics in Educational Studies

This course explores an examination of a special area of educational studies. The course explores concepts and applications relevant to the selected area.

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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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