Looking for easy classes to boost your GPA this semester? You are in the right place. Standford, one of the most elite and prestigious universities, can be stressful due to the high expectation from the school to its students. Here are some of the 10 easiest classes you can take at this great university.
1. EARTH 1D – Know Your Planet – Careers in Earth, Energy, and the Environment
Meet working professionals in the earth sciences, network with Stanford Earth alums, and learn from expert panels about various career paths and post-graduation opportunities available to you in the earth, energy, and environmental sciences.
2. ARTHIST 12SC – Fashion History and Modern Art
This course explores the intersecting vectors of fashion, art and modernity in the late 19th and early 20th centuries (roughly, 1865-1965). Making use of primary sources — from couture clothing to period fashion journals and relevant works of art on campus and in Bay Area museum collections — students will examine the historical foundations of the fashion system in France and the United States, enabling them to approach and understand the contemporary nexus of art, fashion, branding and celebrity culture from an informed and critically engaged perspective.
3. DANCE 46 – Social Dance I
Introduction to non-competitive social dance. The social dances found in today’s popular culture include 3 kinds of swing, 3 forms of waltz, tango, salsa, bachata, cha-cha and nightclub two-step. The course also includes tips for great partnering, enhancing creativity, developing personal style, stress reduction, musicality, and the ability to adapt to changing situations. The emphasis on comfort, partnering and flexibility will enable students to dance with partners whose experience comes from any dance tradition.
4. ECON 1 – Principles of Economics
This is an introductory course in economics. We will cover microeconomics (investigating decisions by individuals and firms) and macroeconomics (examining the economy as a whole). The primary goal is to develop and then build on your understanding of economists’ analytical tools and approaches. This will help you to interpret economic news and economic data at a much deeper level while also forming your own opinions on economic issues. The course will also provide a strong foundation for those of you who want to continue on with intermediate microeconomics and/or intermediate macroeconomics and possibly beyond
5. HISTORY 1B – Global History: The Early Modern World, 1300 to 1800
Topics include early globalization and cross-cultural exchanges; varying and diverse cultural formations in different parts of the world; the growth and interaction of empires and states; the rise of capitalism and the economic divergence of “the west”; changes like technology, including military and information technologies; migration of ideas and people (including the slave-trade); disease, climate, and environmental change over time
6. PSYCH 1 – Introduction to Psychology
An introduction to the science of how people think, feel and behave. We will explore intelligence, perception, memory, happiness, personality, culture, social influence, development, emotion, and mental illness. Students will learn about classic and cutting edge research, a range of methods, and discover how psychology informs our understanding of what it means to be human, addresses other fields, and offers solutions to critical social problems.
7. SOC 1 – Introduction to Sociology
This course to get students to think like a sociologist; to use core concepts and theories from the field of sociology to make sense of the most pressing issues of our time: race and ethnicity; gender and sexuality; family; education; social class, and economic inequality; social connectedness; social movements; and immigration. The course will draw heavily on the research and writing of Stanford¿s own sociologist.
8. HPS 60 – Introduction to Philosophy of Science
This course introduces students to tools for the philosophical analysis of science. We will cover observation, experiment, and reasoning issues, questions about the aims of science, scientific change, and the relations between science and values.
9. ETHICSOC 20 – Introduction to Moral Philosophy (PHIL 2)
What should I do with my life? What kind of person should I be? How should we treat others? What makes actions right or wrong? What is good and what is bad? What should we value? How should we organize society? Is there any reason to be moral? Is morality relative or subjective? How, if at all, can such questions be answered? Intensive introduction to theories and techniques in contemporary moral philosophy.
10. ANTHRO 1 – Introduction to Cultural and Social Anthropology (ANTHRO 201)
This course introduces basic anthropological concepts and presents the discipline’s distinctive perspective on society and culture. The power of this perspective is illustrated by exploring vividly-written ethnographic cases that show how anthropological approaches illuminate contemporary social and political issues in a range of different cultural sites.