15 of The Coolest Classes at VCU

Hidden among Organic Chemistry and International Law are some classes you might not know about. So let’s take a look at some of the coolest hidden classes offered.

1. DANC 141 – Ballroom Dancing

Ever wanted to get your groove on? Take this easy class that allows you to learn a number of different dances like Rhumba, the foxtrot, and even the Waltz! Ballroom Dancing can teach you how to move. You don’t even have to be good at the beginning you’ll learn everything you need as you go along. You only need one dance.

2. MASC 201 – Curiousness 

This class challenges you to think inside, outside, and all around the box. Advertising majors and non-majors come together to think and create. With fun and exciting projects it truly is one of those classes that you’ll keep recommending. Many have said that they did not feel creative before but that the class opened them up to all new possibilities.

3. EUCU 311 – Classical Mythology 

As a kid, I was fascinated with the Greek and Roman gods and that hasn’t really gone away. This class will remind you of stories you may have been told when you were young or teach you some new ones. It will even show you how those myths are still around and influencing things today. And how cool would it be when someone asks you where you are going to say you are on your way to Mythology?

4. HPEX 218 – Scuba 

Seriously do I even need a description? You can learn how to scuba dive. You could learn how to be the embodiment of this gif. While getting credit for it. Crazy!

5. HPEX 121 – Judo 

VCU students can also blend their love of exercise, martial arts, and getting credit into one class. Taught at a center close to campus this class will teach you the basics of Judo. Some take it to learn self-defense while others wanted a new and challenging way to exercise. Whatever your reason you’ll definitely come away looking like a badass to all your friends.

6. HPEX 121 – Karate

Same as judo the karate class is taught off the main campus. It combines different elements to teach you how to defend yourself which is a really helpful skill to know on a college campus. Plus earning credit for it helps fit it into a busy hectic schedule.

7. RELS 250 – Death: Myth and Reality 

Religion majors swear this is one of the most interesting classes they’ve had at VCU. It got so popular that it became a class offered almost every semester. From people’s responses to death to the idea of the afterlife, the class covers the whole spectrum. Everyone comes away from this class with more understanding and empathy.

8. INTL 341 – Global Ethics and World Religions 

Another class that gives you an all-encompassing view of the world and a new understanding of other religions and cultures that are not your own. It’s a great class to take in your freshman or sophomore year to help you understand the world and your fellow classmates better.

9. ANTH 394 – Historical Archeology 

Who has not seen Indiana Jones and thought wow that would be so cool to be like him. Now you can learn all about it while sitting in a class. Learn about the past and maybe even find a trip you can go on in the summer to have hands on experience.

10. PSYC 407 – Psychology of the Abnormal 

Every wanted to delve into the weird and deranged parts of the human mind? In the class, you can learn about anything from Bipolar Disorder to Dissociative Identity Disorder. Discover the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders and find yourself lost in the pages. Just be careful that you don’t start diagnosing your friends or family. 

 

11. WRLD 230 – World Cinema 

One of the easier credits to earn on campus, lean back and watch movies on a silver (projection) screen and discuss them afterward. What better way to earn credit than getting to watch some of the world’s best movies? Make sure to pay attention thought and not fall asleep!

12. DANC 254 – Yoga 

So there are two ways to get to this dog’s level. You can either go to the gym for free classes every week. Or you can get credit for your stretches to fulfill your fine arts requirement. Either way, make sure you sign up quick because spots fill up fast.

13. ARTF 121 – Drawing for Non-majors 

Another fine arts credit that many choose to take is a drawing class specifically designed for those not artistically minded. Here you can learn the basics and practice your craft. Near the end, your class may venture out into other mediums like acrylics or gouache. Who knows maybe you’ll become the next Picasso by taking it? It is definitely relaxing after spending all day studying for your next big exam.

14. Languages (100 level through 400 level)

Most students underestimate the value of being bilingual. But at VCU there are tons of different language classes to choose from. You can major in French, German, or Spanish. You can take Arabic or Latin. There is also even a language lab where you can use Rosetta Stone for FREE! Some majors require you to get a certain level in a language so it’s helpful to have resources and choices.

15. Topic Courses (Look in course section for Topics)

One thing that flies under the radar in a lot of majors is the topic courses. They are specialized courses and are often not taught again for a number of semesters. Some will be relevant to today’s issues and some may just be something a teacher is interested in. The topic course I took freshman year actually got me interested in the topic and I’m now minoring in it. You never really know what you will learn.

Adjusting Courses at VCU

Imagine a combination of dodgeball and paintball, where players throw balloons filled with paint rather than balls. This is what Hezekiah, a sophomore at Sargent Reynolds Community College, would do if he could create an art and physical education major.

As Hezekiah sits in the library with a video game controller in hand and his computer set up in front of him, it’s not hard to see his passion for video games.  Selecting a major was a simple task for him as he easily gravitated towards the computer sciences with the ultimate goal of creating video games. “Take time to think about what you want to do and make sure it’s really what you want to do,” says Hezekiah when asked what advice he would give to incoming freshmen.

College can be an incredibly exciting time for incoming freshmen; the world is filled with endless possibilities. Every application has the standard set of questions: name, birth date and high school GPA. These questions are simple, but hidden among this barrage of surface level questions is the question that makes students pause for a moment, “What is your intended major?”. This question seems simple enough, but the answer sets the course of every students’ future. For some students, the answer is simple, they have always known what they want to do but for others it can be a daunting decision. Golden, a junior at VCU, stated that he didn’t feel prepared for the decision. He wished that his advisors in high school had better helped students feel equipped to make that decision. On the other hand, a VCU sophomore, Sarah, felt confident in her decision to study Forensic Science. She took forensic science classes in high school and said “Don’t go in blind thinking it’s going to work.” Sarah believes that students should consider the major they are invested in pursuing before deciding.

Megan, a sophomore at VCU, said that “The major you choose doesn’t bind you”. The biomedical turned chemical engineering student stated the importance of knowing there are options when choosing a career based on a specific major.  In the case that things don’t go your way VCU senior, Jimmy, recommends having a backup plan. He applied to art school but was denied. Fortunately, he had a backup plan and is about to graduate with a physics degree. Each student stressed that it is perfectly alright to change your mind while in school. Laura, a sophomore at VCU, knows all too well that plans can change. She applied to VCU as an exercise science major but fell in love with psychology while taking a psychology 101 course.

Plans change and there is nothing wrong with that. Choosing a major is not a simple decision but not one student must face it alone. All the students who were interviewed sought help from family, friends and/or advisors. VCU has so many resources available to students who need help.  “Don’t stress because you’ll find your major eventually,” says Golden, “Choose whatever major you’re passionate about.” It’s good to remember that the best decisions and the most important ones can take time. Be like Hezekiah, his passion is visible as his face lights up when talking about video games because at the end of the day, it’s good to do what you love.

Top 10 Best Facebook Groups Posts at VCU

Welcome readers! My name is Solleyha and this is my first post for OneClass Blog! If you are a VCU student, I will be recapping the best posts on our Facebook group and if you are not a VCU student you get to have an inside scoop on what the Ram-ily talks about. Without further-a-do, here are your top 10 best Facebook group posts at VCU!

1. Show off Your School’s Beauty

For a campus this large, it would take a few hours to take your visiting friends on a full-on VCU tour. So instead, how about you show them this video montage of how beautiful VCU really is through the eyes of a drone. Although you cannot see the inside of buildings or visit your favorite professors, it gives you a good enough overview of the university. Even so, that your friends might want to transfer here next year, just saying!

2. Dog Envy

Feeling homesick and missing your animal companion? No need to worry, VCU students got you covered with the numerous dog photos that seem to relieve my stress. They range from the smallest Pomeranian to a Black Labrador to the neighborly service dog, Jellyfish.

3. Art Lingo

Being an art student at VCU is definitely not easy, but if join the VCU Arts page you will realize you are not alone. You will find countless memes that you can relate to and hopefully relieve the pain of doing a self-portrait triptych (three panels of artwork) over spring break. At this point I think we can add memes as an art form, don’t you think?

4. Swipes

Being hungry is almost a ritual on campus, but you can always count on your fellow peers to back you up with any crucial information relating to dining. Apparently, Freshii has made their smoothies worth a swipe. HOORAY! If you enjoyed their smoothies before, you’ll enjoy not having to dig into your pockets in order to enjoy them. Bon Appetite!

5. #Relatable

It is safe to say that taking an 8:45 am class was a big mistake, but when you find a gif that you can relate to, it makes the process of getting up even better. Who doesn’t love a good laugh? So grab your cup of coffee, tea, or even water, head out the door, and keep scrolling through these posts because there’s more where that came from.

6. God Sent Gifts

The character among these students is unbelievable! If you ever lose something, make sure to check your VCU class page to see if anyone has made a post saying they found it. Can’t find it? Don’t give up, there’s a ton of posts to look through from missing wallets to keys, to even school IDs. Keep track of your belongings or pray that one of God’s sent gifts of a VCU student has found it for you.

7. Ladies, Defend Yourselves

Unfortunately men, this one is for my ladies, but the person who posted this disagrees and wants to open it to all. If you did not know, VCU holds a rape aggression defense training that is free to students. It is a 12-hour course that involves open discussion and lecture, physical techniques from stances to pressure points, and an optional simulation. Instead of being afraid in a city you know call home, learn to defend yourself in it because you deserve to live your life.

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8. Cover those roots!

Started school in August and moved away from your trusty stylist? Me too! Now I have no transportation, but I definitely need a trim. The great thing about going to VCU is all the talented people you meet! This VCU student has you covered in the hair department and now I can stop looking like a mop at an affordable price.

9. This Wi-Fi Sucks

The one thing we cannot control, the wi-fi. So help your peers out by not using the wireless connection on your printer. We’re all just trying to catch up on these Netflix shows and you do not want to be responsible for the delay.

10. Deals, deals, and more deals!

Being college broke is a whole other level of stress most us cannot take. Some of us find relief from walking, crafts, or going to concerts. You can count on your peers selling tickets to some of the coolest artists around at a fraction of the cost. Don’t forget, it never hurts to do a little bit of bargaining to get the price even lower!

10 Best Resources at VCU

If you are currently a VCU student, make sure to take advantage if these 10 Best Resources at VCU!

1. The Workshop at Cabell

The Workshop is located in the basement of Cabell Library and provides a ton of art and media resources such as 3D printers, laser wood cutters, turntable equipment, sewing machines, and editing software. All of these services are free to VCU students, although the use of some equipment requires a short and easy training session.

2. Phone chargers

At Cabell Library and in Shafer, there are portable phone chargers that you can rent for iPhone, Android, Samsung, etc. It’s free to use for up to 24 hours, but if you keep them checked out for longer than that there is a small fee. You’ll never have to go to a lecture without technology again.

3. Disability support services

If you’re having trouble with being successful because of the circumstances of your disability, DSS provides students with the option to register their disability with the university and allows students to request their specific academic and personal needs. DSS is located in the Commons in Room 102.

4. Career services

Located across from the Chick-fil-A in the Commons, VCU’s career services provides students with information on internships, grad schools, jobs, and careers related to their degree.

5. Counseling

The counseling center is on the top floor of the Commons in Room 238. Here, students can be provided with free counseling services to manage things like stress, anxiety, depression, and the overall adjustment to college. They also provide outside counseling services for long-term assistance.

6. Writing center

The writing center sits on the fourth floor of the Academic Learning Commons and provides peer-based advice and support to help VCU students become the strongest writers possible. Here, you can have someone review an essay or an assignment, and they will help you perfect it to get that A.

7. RamTech

Across from Red Eye Cookies on Grace St., RamTech provides help with tech troubles for reasonable prices. They also sell new and refurbished electronics so you know you’re getting the best and most useful technology.

8. Advising

All students have an advisor their first year at VCU. Advisors help students to stay on track during their first year here, giving advice on classes, degrees, careers, and projected graduation dates. They’re located on the first floor of Hibbs Hall.

9. Campus learning center

The campus learning center on the first floor of Hibbs provides students with free group and one-on-one tutoring and peer-assisted study sessions, so if you’re having trouble with a class the learning center is your best bet!

10. RamSafe

RamSafe operates from 5pm-8am every day and is a free transportation service to VCU students. RamSafe will take you wherever you need to go on campus when you send in a request online or by the phone.

10 of The Hardest Classes at VCU

Whether you take this list as a warning or a challenge is up to you. Here are 10 of the Hardest Classes at VCU!

1. PHIS 309 – Quantitative Physiology

This class analyzes the processes that your body undergoes to keep you alive, but ironically most people that take it say it feels like death.

2. PSYC 410 – Principles of Learning and Cognition.

How am I supposed to learn about treating people who need help with learning when I still don’t even know what I’m learning or how to learn?

3. CMSC 246 – Advanced Programming Using C++

Advanced computer programming? Binary trees? Coding? I still have a Star Wars CD stuck in my laptop from last week.

4. MATH 401 – Introduction to Abstract Algebra

The description for this course reads “An introduction to groups, rings and fields from an axiomatic point of view. Coset decomposition and basic morphisms.”

5. EGMN 103 – Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

This course covers topics like reverse engineering, so if you’re bored of regular old engineering, this class is for you!!

6. BIOL 402 – Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy

You can’t be spineless if you want to pass this course. (Anyone? No? Okay.)

7. CMSC 401 – Algorithm Analysis with Advanced Data Structures

“Height-balanced trees, B-trees, hashing and graph representation; incorporating data structures into object-oriented design. Analysis of various searching and sorting algorithms. Algorithm design topics include divide-and-conquer, dynamic programming and greedy methods.” If you even know how to explain what this class is about, you probably should be taking it.

8. PHIL 201 – Critical Thinking About Moral Problems

For those of you who can’t stop thinking about all the current issues in the world: now you can take TESTS on them!

9. BIOL 450 – Biology of Cancer

This class is literally about curing cancer. If you wanted to aim higher than this, I don’t know what to tell you.

10. PORT 101 – Elementary Portuguese

Just because I bet you don’t speak Portuguese.