Great Classes to Take for EVERY Major

Looking to fill your elective slots? Or your general requirements? Here are some great and extremely useful courses to take, regardless of your degree, major, minor or concentration:

Intro to Computer Science

2-18 Class - COMPSCI

As a journalism major, I was concerned about having to take this class, but it’s actually a really useful skill to have even at an introductory level. Knowing basic coding can help you in any field that might involve you using the internet (which in today’s world, is probably most).

American Government

2-18 Class- GOV

Assuming you are living in the US, knowing the basics about how your government works and (theoretically) functions is important for cultural literacy.

Religious Studies

2-18 Class- REL

Specifically something you don’t believe in. Challenge yourself to understand another culture, religion or belief system. Seeing how others view the world can help you define more clearly how you see the world.

Foreign Language

2-18 Class- LANG

This can be really useful on a resume and in future jobs. Also helpful if you want to study abroad.

English Literature

2-18 Class- LIT

Read some books that you would have never picked up in a million years. Form some opinions about great authors. Make sure you can write a decent essay and argue your thesis coherently. These skills are important and having read some classic or just really good books will help you in life.

Astronomy

2-18 Class - ASTRO

With just a little math, learn about where we are in the universe and all the other incredible things we share space in the universe with. (Ok, as an astronomy minor, I might be slightly biased on this one.. but it’s still a great option!)

Amanda Drazen

About Amanda Drazen

Amanda is a sophomore at the University of Maryland, College Park majoring in journalism and minoring in astronomy. In her free time she likes to blog, read novels and watch TV with friends.

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