10 of the Coolest Classes at ECU

East Caroline University is known for its football, extreme spirit, and awesome parties, but lets not forget it is a place of learning. Here are ten amazing classes that might be just as fun as the parties you are going to.

1. ANTH 1001: Aliens, Atlantis and Archaeology: Psuedoscience and Interpretations of the Past

Ever wanted to learn more about conspiracy theories while finishing one of your core requirements? Well now you can! ANTH 1001 offers an amazing first look at anthropology through the examination of popular myths that have been passed down through the ages. This class is a pretty easy A and attendance isn’t mandatory for most professors. So why not give it a try? Making up crazy cult theories can’t be that hard right?

2. HIST 2150 : Shop Til You Drop:Consumerism

Want to learn the ins and outs of why you love going to Target? Ever wondered how we got to the consumerist market we are in today? If so, then this class is right for you. Not only is it a helping hand when learning where to go on your next shopping spree, but HIST 2150 will help open your eyes to why exactly we feel the need to buy so much STUFF. Not an easy A, but definitely worth your money.

3. PSYC 3206: Developmental Psychology

Babies actually think your face disappears when you play peek-a-boo. No wonder they find it so entertaining! In this class, you will learn amazing facts about humans in all stages of life that will help you understand why others work the way they do. An easy A due to ample extra credit options, this class has no mandatory meetings allowing you to really go to lectures you are interested in. Want to learn more about teenagers? Go week 5. Interested in why your parents are such grumps? Go Week 6. Any way you go, this class is a win.

4. MUSC 1665 : Women’s Glee Club

Known to be one of the most fun classes on campus, Women’s Glee Club provides ladies with a way to express their fun and expressive spirits while also bumping up your GPA. This class allows you to create your own performance and gives you the tools to become a Glee star all on your own. Who wouldn’t want to take that class?

5. ART 1105 : Ceramics Appreciation

Ever wanted to make a vase or mug on your own? Ever wondered how people paint and glaze pottery? Well look no further, because in this class you learn the basics of ceramics and much more. While finishing one of your fine art requirements, you also get to have fun and maybe even make something worth selling. The university provides all of the materials, so why not try your hands at pottery?

6. CLAS 1500: Classical Mythology

Zeus, Athena, and Hades, some of the most recognizable names in all of history. In this class, you will get to take an in depth look at ancient Greek and Roman mythology. Experience what it was like to be a Spartan and learn just why they had such cruel and violent traditions. Learn how the gods experienced sex appeal and how Hera got back at every single mistress her husband ever had. A class all about ridiculous family drama. Why not?

7. ENGL 3480: Science Fiction

One of the most popular and exciting genres to ever exist even has its own class! Read books about aliens, immortality, monsters, and time travel. Experience worlds that are yet to exist with one of the most amazing professors at ECU. This class isn’t an easy A but it is definitely one of the coolest classes on campus.

8. DNCE 2200: Creative Dance and Drama for the Elementary School

If you love kids, having a good time, and dressing up in silly costumes then this is the class for you. DNCE 2200 is an amazing class with a service-learning component that allows you to go to close by elementary schools and help them preform and execute plays. This class is a fun and easy A where you get to interact with the community and create your own theater production.

9. SOCI 3326 : LGBT Identity, Society, and Politics

If you have any interest in the upcoming social revolution involving sexual orientation and gender identity, then this is a class for you. This class looks at how and why the LGBT rights movement started, reactions from people all around the world, and where current policies are headed. With the polar political climate today, who doesn’t want to be informed on this debatable issue?

10. MRCH 2239: Fashion and Culture

Whether you wear sweats and a t-shirt or a Louis Vuitton scarf to this class, you are sure to learn some interesting things about how we see ourselves and what we wear. This class looks at fashion around the world and allows you to see just how far we have come from fashion of the past. With an excitable and interesting professor, this class is sure to capture your interest. Have fun and WORK IT!


10 of the Coolest Classes at UCONN

Are you wondering if UCONN is right for you? Are you wondering what classes you’ll take now that you’re here? Are you procrastinating some assignment by reading blogs about classes that give other assignments? Look no further. Here are 10 of the Coolest Classes at UCONN!

1. AMST 1700: American Landscapes

This class can be quite vague at times, particularly with essay assignments, but it is definitely a fun course. The highlight: a TON of field trips, all free. One took us all the way to Massachusetts! During another field trip, we trekked out into the woods and sat around a pond, just so that we would have a place to concentrate on thinking. If you’re into nature and transcendentalism from the great mind of Henry David Thoreau, this is a course you must take.

2. UNIV 1784: Telling Tales: Stories of Witches in Fairy Tales

This course is not offered all the time so if you glimpse it, grab it. The professor is super chill (and brought ice cream cake to serve when everyone brought in their final projects). Most of the class consists of reading fairy tales and then presenting through creative projects. One student made a game board (that you could actually play!) and a group made a parody video of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.  

3. DRAM 1501: Introduction to World Puppetry

UCONN is one of very few schools in the nation to provide Puppetry as a major. However, just because it’s not mainstream, UCONN doesn’t skimp on quality or opportunity, even for students outside the major. For all those little dilettantes out there, the drama department has a few courses that are open to all students and an intro course is perfect for a quick taste. In addition to the Ballard Institute of Puppetry, there’s also a puppetry museum where puppets are showcased.

4. ANSC 2251: Horse Science

There was always that one girl in our memory: the one obsessed with horses. Tina Belcher and friends, this course is for you. The cool thing about this course is that there’s a lot of practical work with actual, real life horses alongside the indoor theory classes. The other day, students temporarily taped the names of bones on a horse for anatomy practice.

5. ANSC 1602: Behavior and Training of Domestic Animals

This course is the reason going to an agricultural school is the bomb. You basically get to choose between a (usually baby) horse, cow, chicken, pig, or sheep and raise it to get used to being shown in a farm fair kind of thing on campus. Don’t get too attached though. My friend made the mistake of picking the sheep breed they use for food instead of wool and is not sure if she’s still around…

6. ENGL 2011: Literary Study through Reading and Research for Austen and Austeniana

I don’t know about you guys, but I personally love Jane Austen and her adaptations are usually pretty brilliant. In this course, we read Austen novels (some of them are a bit dry, not going to lie) and then watch movie adaptations including, but not limited to, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Clueless, and Bridget Jones’ Diary. For all those period piece buffs, this is a super fun class.

7. PHYS 1020Q: Introductory Astronomy

This is a very light and easy but fairly interesting course. It also fills up the laboratory science general education requirement. Night observing sessions are part of the course as well, which means a lot of hands on experience with the stars and application of theory. Even though it’s a big class, the professor tries hard to be personable with all his students and holds lectures like discussions.

8. ENGL 3301: Celtic and Norse Myth and Legend

If you are a geek or video game nerd, this is a relatable course. A lot of what you read can be connected to movies like Lord of the Rings or games like Zelda. Even though the level seems high, the class is not exclusive to English majors and it’s a pretty chill course. Everyone there just really wants to learn about mythology and have fun! Don’t worry, you should be able to pass.

9. EGEN 3200: Peer Mentoring and Leadership

This course is pretty cool because it prepares and trains you to be a facilitator (kind of like a T.A.) for a First Year Experience course. A facilitator basically runs half of the FYE course for the incoming freshman. The highlight of the class is trying out different ice breakers and coming up with ones of your own so that you’ll have stuff to do with the new freshmen.

10. AIRF 1000: Air Force Studies I

If you’re interested in the armed forces at all or just want to learn something completely new, here’s a course to take. If you enjoy the class, you might be able to take a field training course later which actually involves flying jets and planes. I’m personally biased towards this class because I have family in the air force, but there’s also Military Science courses at UCONN.

15 of the Coolest Classes at the University of Calgary

1. Health Psychology PSYC330

I might be a tad biased as a psychology major, but I can assure you majority of the class I took it with, loved it and loved our prof Dr. Lisa Daroux-Cole. Her slides are posted on D2L, but going to class everyday really expanded my cultural perspective on life due to the discussion within the class, as well as she gave explicit hints for what will be on the exam. Not only is it interesting and rewarding but also fairly easy to do well if you pay attention to the notes (most exam questions are straight of her notes). Lisa definitely cares about her students, worried about how she teaches the class and adjusts accordingly. The class wasn’t about a grade, and the prof was passionate about each topic—including stress, what every sane student experiences. Amazing and inspiring guest speakers made appearances on several occasions—definitely some chill days where you don’t have to take notes. The textbook brings up controversial topics including psychologists in the hospital, a topic that is brought up for discussion in class, which encourages ethical and economic debates. The course testes knowledge and understanding of material rather than nitty-gritty details, so sign up, attend class, and an A is achievable! (Trust me I did it.)

2. FILM 201 

A prerequisite for all film studies courses, but still an amazing class you’d want to take either way. There is a three-hour lab in which you watch movies and a tutorial where you may ask your heart away. What more can I say?

3. GEOG205

I took this thinking it would be an easy A and definitely was not in my opinion; I thought I was going to learn where different countries in the world are located. The first part had to do with land forms—I learnt in grade four in Ontario, something I didn’t want to learn about again—but Peter Slezak taught cultural geography in the second half and turned my grade around. Cultural geography puts a spin on the geographical landforms that exist around the world by discussing each regions culture, religion, and traditions of the civilians within them. Showing the interaction of the man-made and natural disasters that have disrupted civilization. The displacement of civilians in Afghanistan into the mountains due to the war were followed by the deaths of these displaced in avalanches—who knew hot countries had avalanches! Understanding differences in the world has helped me in my acceptance and understanding of psychological factors that exist—just psych major with a sociology minor things.

4. ASL201

This class is offered to learn American Sign Language and the culture of deaf people, mostly preferring students in medicine, nursing, and social work but who says you won’t need it one day? An interesting class that pushes your ability to use your hand-eye coordinated non-violent actions as words not your mouth. Basic communication and conversation skills are taught in American Sign Language. This course was made for students who have no background or previous experience, a.k.a. majority of students who are reading this right now.

5. ANTH331 Sex and Gender

The first part of this class discusses males & females: primarily using examples from animals and how males and females are more similar than different. The course topic switches to the portrayal of gender roles in society, including the perception of female gender roles are roles taken by men in various cultures, as well as discussing the differences in opportunities and advantages between men and women in North America due to perceived gender roles. The final main topic brings up controversy of psychological and scientific explanations of transgender and transsexual genetics and gonads—which are included in the secretion of testosterone, estragon & progesterone. A class that will increase not only your GPA, but your understanding of biology without having to learn gross in-depth details.

6. PSYC204 Human Sexuality

This course is new which means the department is experimenting their techniques, but as a human sexuality course it is similar to other sex and gender courses. Taught by two amazing psychology profs: Melissa Boyce and Simon Spanswick. The first half is neuropsychology, which is followed by social psychology explanations for sexuality. As a junior course, expectations are not high; Melissa Boyce thoroughly explains each concept to make sure everyone is on board and agrees with what she’s saying, and is open to debate. Increase your GPA and admiration for my favourite profs at U of C.

7. SOCI201

This course has interesting topics, but with Dumas the course takes a whole new level. Dumas cares about his students, demonstrated through his encouraged laughter and his examples that are included to help strengthen students understanding. Dumas wants you to come to class, and that on it’s own makes this course (or prof) interesting.

8. MUSI304 Music in Popular Culture

Previously known as Music history and literature 309, this course is now Music in Popular Culture: Musical Theatre. I accept all your appreciation in advance because you love that this course requires you to travel to New York City! It is an intersession of Spring that is a travel-study course. What’s a better way to learn about musical theatre than to be apart of the live audience in New York? Catch a morning flight and it’s a direct 5 hour flight!

9. LWSO201

This course is the introduction to law and society. I had Ed McCoy, amazing prof with interesting information about the social context of the power of law, also he sometimes told the class stories about his cat and his kid—with pictures! The information is fairly easy to grasp, one of the main topics was the Andrew Mercer reformatory for girls aged 16-30—a female aged 16-30 that could be promiscuous or consuming alcohol would be sent there, guilty without a fair trial.

10. LWSO203

Law and society 203 is a deeper look into law in comparison to 201, containing Canadian criminal context. Social engineering using the philosophy and the science of law will be used; really helps expand what you and your brain are able to do.

11. MATH211

Ya, a math course. You’re probably thinking—ew how could math ever be fun, but trust. Math211 is Linear Math; this is one of the most engaging mathematics courses, but only if you can appreciate math. In this course you will learn about all the different things you can do with numbers in mathematics and makes you wish you were shown this when they first starting asking you what does two plus five equal?

12. PSYC203

This is like the millionth time a psychology course has shown up; it’s for your benefit! Introduction level psychology course, which includes all the basic information about Pavlov’s dog and classical conditioning—essentials only. Take with Melissa Boyce for a great semester; once again you’re welcome.

13. ARST201

This course is the introductory level to architectural studies, which engages students in thought processes including (but not limited to) the usefulness of buildings—purpose and intentions. Develop an understanding and appreciation of the social, cultural, historical, technological, economic, and natural context that inspire & influence the design of buildings and other objects.

14. BIOL 311

Biology course that focuses on genetics! A biology course that finally talks all about you, because your life is all about yourself, and the other people who are in it… This course includes a lab component that allows hands-on knowledge about genetic principles!

15. KNES201

Introduction to kinesiology, an activity course labeled “Essence and Experience”. Hopefully, you’ve made the choice of taking biology 30 or equivalent in highschool or else you aren’t eligible to enrol in this course. Topics include the fundamental factors that influence the activities humans have chosen and the way humans are capable of moving.

Hope you enjoy your years at university of Calgary, especially if you have taken any of my favourite 15 courses! Thanks for reading!