10 of the Coolest Classes at Temple University

Our GenEd Program and elective options get such bad raps. Why, you ask? Well, if you’ve ever uttered something along the lines of these classes are a waste of time or I just want to finish my major and get the heck out of here, then you, my friend, are guilty. We’ve caught you red-handed. Lucky for you, though, there’s plenty of room for forgiveness. These classes should change your mind. Who knows…they might even change your major, too! Here are 10 of the Coolest Classes at Temple University!

1. ADV 2005 – Social Media Marketing

Let’s face it—social media is everything. Take your Insta game to the next level by gaining a better understanding of the strategies behind some of the world’s leading platforms. Your prof might say otherwise, but we’ll totally give you bonus points if you go viral by finals.

2. HIST 1008 – The Sixties: The American Experience

You know how to spot hemp bracelets and hippies from a mile away, but have you ever considered things like counterculture and the Vietnam War? A series of guest speakers, discussions, films, and other content will expand your horizons.

3. DANCE 1821 – Michael Jackson: Entertainer, Artist, Celebrity

It’s not a typo. We actually have a class in all things Michael. Snag a seat in this class, and you’ll get to research the King of Pop’s song skills, celebrity status, and place in the grand scheme of pop culture.

4. CSCD 1001-1004 – American Sign Language

These classes are downright cool. If you’re totally new to deaf culture, then no worries. The four-semester sequence will familiarize you with its history in the U.S. and, hopefully, allow you to become fluent in American Sign Language.

5. CHEM 0821 – Chemistry of Wine

Grapes are only part of the story. In this class, you’ll learn how wine comes to life, what made it the go-to beverage throughout history, and why some bottles cost more than your rent. Here’s hoping you earn an A and some newfound knowledge of rosé.

6. ARTU 2400 – Cosplay: Creating an Alter Ego

While there’s no guarantee that this course will transform you into a superhero, supervillain, or Pokémon, there is a strong possibility that you’ll learn how to navigate a sewing machine. History, alter egos, and fabric will be at your fingertips

7. FMA 0869 – Imaginary Cities

Although it may seem like cities shape the silver screen, you’ll soon discover that this tends to be the other way around. Take this class to watch fantastic films, analyze their portrayals of urban life, and get the lowdown on the California McDonald’s that serves zero Big Macs.

8. DANC 1807 – Hatha Yoga I

Other classes can be so frustrating that they cause you to lose your breath. This one helps you find it. Instead of losing focus in a crammed lecture hall, you’ll roll out a mat and reach your center through amazing asanas.

9. ENVT 0845 – The Environment

The world around us is as massive as, well, a world, so why not learn a thing or two about it? You’ll pinpoint your place on the food chain, don goggles for a few hands-on experiments, and face off in a final debate about anything from solar energy to water pollution.

10. ENG 2004 – Creative Writing: Fiction

What’s better than a good story? Being the genius responsible for coming up with it. No worries if novels make you nervous—this class focuses on shorter essays that let you sharpen your skills at your own pace.

7 of the Best Food Places Near Temple University

On-campus dining does have its perks. However, in the all-too-frequent event that the stale burger buns at J&H or the obnoxiously long line at Tony Luke’s won’t cut it, it’s nice to know that other options exist near Temple University. They don’t take Diamond Dollars (such a bummer!), but these restaurants and food spots are definitely worth checking out.

1. Champ’s Diner

If you haven’t already been to Champ’s, then hightail it over to Cecil B. Moore Ave. for a heaping stack of hotcakes. This cozy diner is the perfect go-to for those Saturday mornings when you and your crew want a solid brunch that’s just a couple of blocks away. The omelets are packed, the coffee is fresh and takeout’s totally an option.

2. Loco Pez 

Spanish for “crazy fish,” Loco Pez puts its money where its enchilada-loving mouth is. The Fishtown dive bar/taqueria serves up insanely good tacos, salsa and other LA-style street food. I ordered a side of refried beans to go along with my dinner, and it was the size of my face. No lie. Bonus – the name’s not just an aquatic reference. There are PEZ dispensers all over the place.

3. Mugshots Coffeehouse 

Time to switch up your TECH Center routine! Trade your time spent scoping out available desktops for an afternoon at this earthy café, and you won’t regret it. Mugshots sources local grub that’ll pair perfectly with your caffeinated drink of choice. Craving something savory? Go for a flatbread or an egg sandwich that you – yes, you – get to build yourself. Sweet tooth? The Banana Baked French Toast is crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside and oh-so satisfying.

4. Sabrina’s Café 

Speaking of French toast, you won’t truly know the Philly breakfast scene until you’ve tried Sabrina’s Stuffed Challah French Toast. You’ll be tempted to pull out a tape measure when this plate hits your table because the vanilla bean syrup-topped tower is unbelievably thick. (Just writing about it has me drooling!) If batter-dipped bread’s not your best friend, then have no fear – Sabrina’s has frittatas, burgers and vegetarian options that’ll make you wish you never had to use a meal swipe again.

5. Pete’s Famous Pizza 

A Fairmount mainstay, Pete’s is one of those rare best-of-both-worlds eateries. In addition to signature pizzas, sizzling Stromboli and solid sandwiches, this kitchen serves a pretty magnificent breakfast menu. My brother chose pork roll for his Hungry Man Special, and, well, let’s just say he didn’t walk away with an empty stomach.

6. Hip City Veg 

To all you nonbelievers out there, I have just one thing to say: vegetables are the bomb. They’re so cool, in fact, that the fast casual options at Hip City Veg will make you forget all about that thing that starts with m and rhymes with feet. I hadn’t known about the deceptive powers of chick’n until a chance encounter with one of the restaurant’s Chipotle Fajita Wraps won me over. Order it with Organic Iced Green Tea, and you’ll know exactly what I mean.

7. Green Eggs Café 

To-die-for doesn’t even begin to describe the tantalizing treat that is Green Eggs. This potential nod to Dr. Seuss’s bestseller is anything but old-school. They fill bread bowls with chicken potpie, smother lox with hollandaise sauce and fill French toast with cookie dough. Yes, you read that correctly. Cookie dough. For the love of all that’s good in this world, stash some cash in your wallet and snag a table!

10 of the Hardest Classes at Temple University

 Temple University is all fun and games—until you start taking a class that makes you want to bang your head against your bedroom wall. Regardless of your major, it’ll be nearly impossible to make it through your time as an Owl without registering for at least one stressful lecture, lab, or seminar. Here are 10 of the hardest classes at Temple University.

1. ACCT 3533: Advanced Accounting

For starters, the course description includes phrases like “intercompany transactions,” “inter-corporate stock ownership,” and “consolidated financial statements.” If you’re an accounting major, and the simple act of reading these is enough to make you sweat, you may want to reconsider your career goals. Sure, you’ll learn the ins and outs of money exchanges. But can you handle all those dollar signs?

2. AMST 2021: Philadelphia Neighborhoods

Calling all photojournalism majors: this one’s for you. If you just so happen to be a member of the photo-j crowd, then get ready to know more about a specific area of Philly than you’ve ever thought possible. Because Philadelphia Neighborhoods is the major’s capstone course, you’ll be required to spend tons of time in your assigned neighborhood. While there, you and a partner will capture content and create multimedia deliverables. Hope you’re comfortable working with images, videos, and text!

3. ANTH 0825: Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences

You’ve probably watched someone try to make a claim without having the numbers to back it up, and you likely listened in as that person struggled to gain support for said claim. The proof is always in the statistical pudding. However, getting the numbers is easier said than done. If you’re a stats whiz, then this class could be a piece of cake. (Apologies for all the dessert references!) Otherwise, you may want to look for a social science class that’s a little less math-heavy.

4. ARTU1101: Introduction to Visual Language, Painting

Let me guess, you’re wondering how an art course landed on this list. A. Tyler classes are no walk in the park (unless your specific class does, indeed, require you to do art in a park), and B. ARTU1101 meets twice each week, for just under 3 ½ hours per session. Those are huge chunks of time, especially when you take the rest of you schedule—others courses, work shifts, club meetings, etc.—into consideration. So yes, painting is hard—and it’s further intensified by the extra course fee you’ll have to pay to take it.

5. BIOL1001: Human Biology

Think all the way back to your high school bio class. Did you pass with flying colors? If not, then Human Biology will throw you for one heck of a scientific loop. You’ll fight to stay afloat as your prof presents PowerPoint after PowerPoint and speed teaches her way through human development, biomolecules, heredity, and other big concepts. In addition to this, you’ll have to prep your stomach for dissection labs. Start strengthening your gut ASAP.

6. CHEM 2201: Organic Chemistry I

Hydrogen, halogens, and hydrocarbons—oh my! In this demanding course, you’ll dive head-first into all three of these. Plus, if you haven’t already done so, you and your class/labmates will discover the delightful world of derivatives. (And yes, I say delightful sarcastically.) Have fun wrapping your head around reaction mechanisms.

7. CJ 3304: Capital Punishment

What makes Capital Punishment challenging? Well, the star subject of the course is one of society’s most debated topics! You’ll learn about the death penalty’s history and applications in the U.S., the prisoners currently on death row, and the opinions that make this type of punishment so controversial. No matter what your position going into the course may be, you’ll come out of it mentally exhausted from the nonstop morality discussions.

8. MATH 1041: Calculus I

Mean Girls taught us that, in some cases, the limit doesn’t exist. Unfortunately, for Calculus I, this isn’t the case. When you sign up for a college calc course, there’s only so much information you’ll be able to gather from your prof. The rest of the material (practice problem sets, lesson reviews, etc.) is yours to master. Your high school math teachers were probably hands-on and available for daily homework help. If you can’t handle this course without a similar level of assistance, then I definitely suggest taking advantage of office hours and study groups.

9. PHYS 2021: General Physics I

My best friend has taken a lot of science classes at Temple. Even with her vast experience, though, she still swears that physics was the most stressful. Your lecture/recitation/lab will put you through the ringer, forcing your brain to become fluent in fluids, mechanics, and energy conservation. You’ll constantly have your face in a book or lab report, and, like my friend, you might find yourself counting the hours until finals.

10. POLS 2496: Introduction to Political Philosophy

For some, the combination of politics and Plato is fun. For others, it’s anything but. If you’re easily frustrated by today’s political issues, then adding in the heavy texts of Hobbes, Marx, and other philosophers will only make your heart pound even faster. What’s more? Intro to Political Philosophy is a capstone writing course. That means lengthy class discussions and never-ending term papers.

Choose your classes wisely, Owls!

7 Scholarships at Temple University

You get an email stating that your semester bill is ready to be viewed, so you hold your breath and take a look. It’s big. It’s scary. It’s probably more numbers and dollar signs than you’ve ever had hanging out in your bank account. If given the option to pay it or pass the hardest chemistry test of your life, you’d hit the books in a heartbeat.

Guess what? You don’t have to run for the hills to escape the high price tag! Temple may be responsible for several of your money-related nightmares, but the university actually wants to help you through them. Here’s hoping that at least one of these scholarships makes your college journey a tad less terrifying.

1. Memorial Awards

Temple University Memorial Awards are handed out during the spring semester of each academic year. If you’re an all-star in the classroom, a proven leader and/or the reigning champ of community service, then one of these seven scholarships is definitely for you! Apply http://deanofstudents.temple.edu/memorial-awards by the end of February for your chance to be honored.

2. Air Force ROTC

The perks of Temple’s Air Force ROTC program are plentiful. In addition to partial and full tuition scholarships, accepted students may be eligible for room and board, book and cold-hard cash (read: you decide what you do with them) stipends. Have a high school diploma, good GPA, solid SAT scores and the strength to pass a physical exam? Application deadlines vary, so head here https://www.afrotc.com/ to learn more.

3. Army ROTC

Army more your thing? Don’t worry—Temple has you covered. The Army ROTC also offers scholarships to take care of your tuition and fees, as well as a monthly stipend and an annual book allowance. You must be a full-time Temple student who earns great grades and stays in shape. Perfect your push-ups, sit-ups and two-mile run, then check this http://www.goarmy.com/rotc/schools/temple-university.html out to get started.

4. Camille and Bill Cosby Scholarship in Science

Turn your passion for rocks, rivers or the human body into some serious dough by applying for a Camille and Bill Cosby Scholarship in Science. Starting in late February of each academic year, Temple juniors may join the applicant pool if they are a.) natural sciences majors, and b.) in need of financial aid. If you’re eligible, then snag an application from the Natural Sciences department offices and submit it by the beginning of May. Two students win, so cross your fingers!

5. School of Media and Communication Scholarships

So mad about media that you decided to major in it? Lucky for you, the School of Media and Communication (SMC) has set out to help you study for less. At the start of every fall and spring semester, SMC launches its scholarship application. Awards are given for straight-A’s, unpaid internships, study abroad programs, demonstrated financial and, well, just overall awesomeness. Get the scoop here https://smc.temple.edu/admissions-cost-and-aid/financial-aid-and-scholarships

6. Henrietta S. Treen Scholarship

Here’s what you need to know about the Henrietta S. Treen Scholarship. For starters, this money-saver is for Temple students who love ministry, medicine or law. A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required, and your personal character must be on-point. Applications are due by mid-March, so, if you qualify and can’t wait to get in on this, search for the scholarship by setting up a Center for Scholarship Administration https://www.csascholars.org/ account.

7. Supplemental Academic Scholarships (SAS)

The basic recipe for Temple’s Supplemental Academic Scholarships (SAS) takes just two ingredients: a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA and financial need. (Additional qualifications vary by award) When the middle of March rolls around, create your opportunity for scholarship success by completing the online SAS application [http://www.temple.edu/vpus/fellowships/undergrad-opportunities/SAS.htm]. It’ll feel like a long road until recipients are rewarded in August, but the potential $$ are totally worth the wait.

9. OneClass Scholarships

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