10 Easiest Classes at ESCC

With just two years to explore a career pathway before pursuing a profession or transferring to higher education, time spent at Edison State Community College can definitely feel like a breeze. But if you feel like your current course load is preventing you from chasing your dreams, consider taking some of these classes to help boost your GPA.

1. MTH 126S – Mathematical Foundations 1

As the first of a two course sequence designed for elementary education majors, the topics covered include math you would expect to learn in an elementary to early middle school setting; basic math principles, PEMDAS, and graphical notation, for example. For aspiring elementary school teachers, these topics are certainly worth exploring in detail. But for students just looking for an easy class, this will more than foot the bill – although you might understandably grow a bit bored listening to lectures on how to construct Venn Diagrams and find multiples and factors of numbers.

Algebraic equations

2. COM 228S – Interpersonal Communication

Communicating effectively with other people in our personal lives is hard. A course that offers these opportunities in a structured setting is most likely going to be easier than your typical course in school. Goals include conducting an effective interview, analyzing interpersonal conflict, and diagnosing dysfunctional aspects of interpersonal communication. Even if the course does end up more difficult than expected, you’ll be walking away with stronger verbal communication skills.

Graphic Featuring Two People in Dialogue

3. MTH 110S – Math in Society

Most of us are aware of the extensive role math plays in all aspects of our society. This course focuses particularly on voting theory, graph theory, and introductory probability and statistics, tying these theoretical concepts to real-life challenges such as effective voting and polling methods and mortgage refinance scenarios. While math is not a strong suit for most people, the real-world applications of this class makes it useful, if not easy.

Data Visualization Charts Featuring Republican and Democratic States

4. CIT 110S – Computer Concepts and Applications

Although computer science classes are notoriously known for being difficult, you shouldn’t expect as much with a class that includes “computing” and “word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and database software” in the same sentence. Expect less a class about programming techniques and computer architecture, and more a class on proprietary word-editing software, spreadsheet and database systems, and a general overview of computer-related concepts.

Desktop with Pseudo-3D Apps Popping Out from the Monitor

5. GEO 121S – PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY

For most people, this class should be a slightly more in-depth version of their high school geology class. Goals include describing “Earth-Sun relationships and their connection to latitude and longitude” and comparing “general climate zones and soil profiles” among other introductory geographical and geological concepts. The content might be bone dry, but at least you have some background walking into the class!

Scenery from Thailand

6. THE 141S – INTRODUCTION TO THE ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE

This course is unfortunately only 1 credit hour, but invites students to the Alexander Technique, a system that develops an actor’s kinesthetic awareness. While students should not expect a ballet class, they will walk away with a better understanding of habitual and breathing patterns that might be limiting their balance and freedom of movement and expression.

Graphic Demonstrating Alexander Technique

7. PSY 228S – HUMAN SEXUALITY

This course touches upon the anatomy and physiology of human sexuality, and also how it has informed and been informed by personal values and society moral systems. Not unlike your high school health class, this course will also explore how various sexual dysfunctions are treated, alternative life styles to the (hetero)normative, discussions around sex education, and so on.

Sex Signs Linked Together

8. MGT 126S – HUMAN RELATIONS IN THE WORKPLACE

If the HR department in the company you’ve previously worked at behooved you in any shape or form, be confused no longer! This course will guide you through the meaning of human relations, and along the way invite you to see most problems in the workforce and workplace as human relationship conflicts.You’ll learn to recognize the elements of morale and their affect in the office, differentiate the complexity of cultural issues companies face internally, and also how to turn disjointed groups into well-oiled work teams. If not, you’ll at least walk away with a better understanding of the otherwise nebulous department tucked away into the corner of your summer internship office!

Stock Photos of Employees Gathered Around a Report

9. MGT 219S – NEGOTIATED DECISION MAKING

Navigating negotiations is often a difficult task for even the most trained of sales executives. Taking a course on the negotiation process may not accurately reflect real-world situations, but having a controlled environment to practice strategy and tactics is invaluable. Although the course itself might be slightly challenging, you’ll walk away with the feeling that life has gotten a bit easier, now that you can identify and classify steps taken during real-life persuasion processes.

Two Businessmen in Suits Shouting at Each Other Through a Loudspeaker

10. CIT 101S – INTRODUCTION TO WORD PROCESSING

This class is also just one credit hour, but to be fair, most students should already be aware of how to use MS Word and other word-editing applications. Any difficulty that arises from this class most likely will stem from less used tools, such as creating headers, footers, and page numbers, or using tabs.

Word-Graphic Featuring "Word Processing"

And there you have it! While it’s more likely the case that you’re rushing to piece all the classes you want to take into two semesters, if you do happen to have one or two open slots, consider a few classes from this list should something fall through with your main courses. It doesn’t hurt to have a good cushioning for your GPA, after all.

10 of the Easiest Classes at IUS

It’s two in the morning and you’re still in the library, poring through your biology notes and revisiting your comparative literature essay. At some point, you realize that you’ve only been taking major requirements – it’s time you added some spice to your life! Whether you’re looking for a survey course in a totally unrelated field, a class that offers a different perspective to your own major, or just an easy course to boost your GPA, consider the following list of 10 easiest classes to take at IUS.

1. ECON-E 101 – Survey of Economic Issues and Problems

If your major requires you to take one Economics course, considering using this one to foot the bill. Topics include inflation, unemployment, wage and price controls, welfare, social security, national debt, health programs, food prices, pollution, crime, mass transit, revenue sharing, multinationals, population, and energy. In other words, you’ll be applying basic economic principles to many of the current socioeconomic issues we face today. A good primer, especially to those without college-level economics experience.

Basic graph charting interest rates and inflation

 

2. SPCH-S 121 – Public Speaking

Note that you do need to have taken or are currently taking ENG-W 131 in order to register for this class. Despite the requirement, learning the theory and practice of public speaking is crucial to succeeding in the real world. Work on effective delivery and language in a contained environment!

Painting of Cicero

 

3. GEOG-G 110 – Introduction to Human Geography

This course explores the intersection between social and cultural phenomena and the spaces in which these events arise. If you find geography or discussions ranging from population and migration to political and religious divisions dry, this class probably isn’t for you. Otherwise, these topics are pertinent to a better understanding of the world.

Map detailing migration of modern humans

 

4. JOUR-C 200 – Introduction to Mass Communication

A survey course covering the functions, responsibilities, and influences of various forms of mass communication media. Since this is an introductory course, expect a greater focus on how mass media is consumed and produced over any deeper criticism and analysis of the form.

A newspaper's front page

5. BIOL-L 110 – Insects: The Alien Empire

Although insects are commonly understood in the form of cockroaches skittering in the bathroom and spiders in the bedroom, the relationship between humans and insects is far more profound. This course explores the negative and positive impact of insects on the human condition, from the potential use of insects as weapons of war, to pest control measures, to insect influence on human art, religion, and entertainment. Never see that ceiling centipede the same way again.

Ladybug on a flower

6. FINA-H 100 – Introduction to Art History and Visual Culture

Note that there is a pre- or co-requisite: ENG-W 131. Students in this course are acquainted with tools to appreciate and understand curated works of art. Since this does not count toward the Fine Arts major, students can expect that the course wouldn’t go too deep into the purposes, techniques, forms, and content of discussed art – perfect for the interested student looking for a survey in art history and visual culture.

'Fountain', Marcel Duchamp, 1917

7. MUS-M 174 – Music for the Listener

An introduction to the art of music, from symphonic music, to the opera, among other types of classical music. Become acquainted with the great classical composers. Since this is not meant for music majors, students can expect to explore their interests in classical music without being overburdened by in-depth analysis.

Conductor Karajan leading an orchestra.

8. CSCI-A 211 – Word Processing Applications

This course introduces students to word processing techniques used in creating letters, forms, and reports. Since most of us probably have changed styles, modified outlines, created tables, and tampered with field codes in documents and templates at some point, this course should be familiar with even the mildly tech-savvy. If anything, this class is a good review of popular word processing applications, with the occasional nugget of insight.

Icon for Microsoft Word

9. CSCI-A 212 – Spreadsheet Applications

This course is similar to 211 in that students are introduced to techniques useful in creating professional-level worksheets. Students will be introduced to formulas, functions, charts, graphs, and logical functions, and data processing and visualization techniques such as importing data, creating pivot tables, database functions, and integrating Excel with other software applications. If you’re familiar with Excel, this class should be a good review (and GPA booster.)

Excel spreadsheet with latitude, longitude, altitude, distance, speed, and fix features.

10. CMCL-C 202 – Media in the Global Context

This course focuses on the present and the future of global media and international advertising: understanding worldwide markets and strategic communication practices in very different cultural, regulatory and competitive conditions.

College is the best time for you to specialize in a certain skill, but that doesn’t mean you have to spend all your time on your major. Branch out and take a survey course in a field you’ve never heard of, or kick back and take an easy class to fix up your GPA. As you consider your courses, refer to the list of 10 easiest classes to take at Indiana University – Southeast!        

10 of the Easiest Classes at Pratt

Pratt Institute has three campuses in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Utica, with its main campus at 200 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn, NY. Given its central location in NYC, the private school offers unparalleled opportunities to some of the best architecture, design, and art firms in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. The 3.5 thousand students are not limited to these options, however; classes are usually small, and professors often work professionally outside of Pratt – two ingredients key to making meaningful connections and finding unique opportunities in fields that interest you. That said, if you’re instead looking for a break from your portfolio work, a unique class to fine-tune your creativity, or even just an easy course to boost your GPA, consider the following list of 10 easiest classes to take at Pratt.

1. MSCI 200 – Mathematics and the Imagination

mathematical equations

While some people might see mathematics as an unapproachable field, the discipline nonetheless carries over to many other areas we rely on to make informed decisions, understand the physical universe, and so on. If you’re interested in how mathematical concepts apply to the concept of paradoxes and controversies, infinites, chaos, and fractal geometry, this introductory course is for you!

2. HMS 390S

Christopher George Latore Wallace, aka The Notorious B.I.G. - photo from Wikipedia

This once-a-week seminar explores how artists and audiences have historically voiced critical defiance of systems and societies through music. The class mostly focuses on popular forms of “rebel music” such as jazz, blues, ska, dub, punk, reggae, and rap, and seeks to explore the creation and appreciation of these styles through questions such as: how does music form communities? What does listening mean? How does location (club/headphones) shape the music’s affective 25 register? What happens when a musical form hits the market? Can it still be the sound of resistance?

3. HMS 490A – Electro-Acoustic Music

Flume - photo from Grimy Goods

This class meets two times a week in a recording studio environment, and invites students to learn how to create and record their own electronic music/ sound projects. No prior knowledge of any sort is required – students will be introduced to different forms of sound synthesis (FM, granular, AM, for example) and processing (reverb, delay, distortions). This course is best for students who enjoy hands-on learning and having ample class time to explore industry-level music production or low-level sound synthesis.

4. HMS 490s – Singing

microphone for singing

Students are introduced to the basics of vocal production, the anatomy of the vocal apparatus, and the physics of pitch and tone production, body acoustics, and philosophy of breath control. The non-performative parts of this class, mainly the art and history, might be dry to some, but the focus on basic musical concepts and performative singing makes this class easier because of its introductory lenses.

5. CHI 101 – Elementary Chinese

The Chinese Language - Photo from YoYo Chinese

This class offers the opportunity for students to brush up their conversational Mandarin. Although the Chinese language is difficult for most, its grammar structure and vocabulary are easier to grasp compared to other languages, and exploration of Chinese culture and history might cull the dullness of drilling intonation.

6. WR 320 – Ghosts in the Machine

Ghostbusters!

Who wouldn’t want to learn how to write a good ghost story? This class meets once a week to explore how ghost stories operate in both the traditional and non-traditional sense, and implores students to inject the supernatural into their own world.

7. WR 320 – Children’s Book Writing

Collection of Dr. Seuss' Titles

This course focuses on writing a story that’ll appeal to both children and adults. A combination of a personal narrative and children’s book class, students will mine their lives and imaginations for a story that resonate with and empower children. Although writing children’s books is deceptively difficult, exploring the importance of brevity, pattern, and cadence yields useful experiences for students regardless of their major. Besides, the course also offers avenues for submitting stories to agents and publishers.

8. MSCI 490/590 – Science in the Enlightenment

Mendel and his Peas - photo from Khan Academy
 

Brush up on your apples and peas; this class will explore the foundations of modern scientific thinking, harkening back to Newton and Mendel, among other seminal thinkers. Compared to other classes on the list, this course is only one credit; but requirements for liberal arts and science credits at Pratt are more lenient, so this class can be a good fulfillment for those obligations.

9. SSWI 244TP – Memphis to Ferguson: Rethinking Modern American History

Painted symbol of the Black Power fist - photo from Wikipedia

US social, cultural, and political history is marked by imperialism, colonialism, and racism – these legacies continue to this day in the form of Flint Michigan, Standing Rock, and the recent policy to separate migrant children from their parents. Exploring how black power and citizenship movements intersect with these histories is not easy, but undoubtedly important to having a more nuanced understanding of contemporary politics and culture.

10. SSWI 276T – Music, Creativity, Consumption

An art critic observing a piece of art observing them - photo form Crisis Magazine

This course invites students to consider what constitutes “authentic” and “inauthentic” creation and explore the social, cultural, and critical concerns that underpin such creations. Interdisciplinary in nature, this class draws from philosophy, musicology, critical theory, cognitive science, legal theory, and music criticism. Never see and hear your music in the same way again.

There’s a certain prestige in attending Pratt Institute, and nowhere is this more apparent than in the sheer number of unique classes available across the schools offered at Pratt. Although there is a heavy emphasis on practical and critical approaches to art, design, and architecture, that shouldn’t limit you from exploring beyond or deeper into the discipline you’re most interested in. This list might be a good place to get started with that!