What is success? Success is something you put your heart in to. And what brings success? Investing time in the easy stuff before the difficult ones. At UML, taking easy classes will go a long way to ensuring that you get to the height you have always wanted. Here are ten easy classes you can take to boost your grade at UMass Lowell.
1. SOCI.1010 – Introduction to Sociology
Serves as the basic course in sociology. Emphasis is directed at the ways in which social institutions such as government, schools, the economy, social class, and the family develop and influence our lives. It is concerned not only with presenting various ways to understand our relationship to society but also with ways to change it. Meets Core Curriculum Essential Learning Outcome for Diversity and Cultural Awareness (DCA).
2. HIST.1110 – United States History to 1877
This course surveys United States history from the early settlement of North America through the Civil War and Reconstruction. It considers the role of the political and economic leadership in the building of the nation as well as actions of ordinary people whose energies and aspirations constitute the fabric of United States society. Meets Core Curriculum Essential Learning Outcome for Diversity and Cultural Awareness (DCA)
3. SOCI.2450 – Introduction to Labor Studies
This foundational course has two overarching learning objectives: (1) to give students basic empirical knowledge and analytical tools to understand the context of work in the United States at the dawn of the twenty-first century and (2) to give students an understanding of how labour unions work, what has been their impact historically, and what their role is in contemporary society. The course will be explicitly interdisciplinary, drawing on readings from history, sociology, economics, political science, and psychology to offer and introduction to understanding work and labor through and analytic lens. In addition, the course will include a service-learning component in collaboration with the UML Labor Education Program.
4. DGMD.2400 – Introduction to Digital Editing
This is an introductory course in digital editing. Students are going to be introduced to the basics of digital editing, the aesthetics and technical skills of digital editing for film and video.
5. EXER.2020 – Introduction to Exercise
This course will provide a broad overview of the various fields and career options within Exercise Science. Course content will include a history of the profession, potential career and graduate studies options, the legal and ethical aspects of practice, and an introduction to basic fitness terminology and principles using ACSM guidelines. Students will have the opportunity to network with guest speakers for all different careers and explore various environments in which Exercise Physiologists work.
6. HIST.2230 – England to 1660
A survey of English History to 1660 with emphasis on the Institutional, Economic and cultural developments. In addition to providing general knowledge of the topic, the course is designed to enhance the learning experience of both History and English majors.
7. HIST.3010 – The World of Things: Consumer Cultures in the Modern West
This course will examine the emergence and historical impact of consumer cultures in the modern West, from the eighteenth century through the present. Topics to be covered will include the emergence of spaces of consumption (the home, the commercial/spectacular metropolis, the department store, the shopping mall, the tourist site), changing attitudes toward shopping and spending, the construction of modern social identities of class, gender, generation and race through consumption, and political struggles over consumption.
8. WLFR.1010 – French 1 and Culture
Develops French speaking, listening, reading and writing skills through the discovery of French and Francophone culture in a communicative approach (instruction occurs in French with clarification in English). This class is the 1st of the 4-course French language program offered at UML. Language courses are sequential and must be taken accordingly.
9. DGMD.1000 – Introduction to Digital Media
This foundational course that surveys the history and current state of digital and web-based media from a variety of perspectives: cultural and ethical, as well as the production and monetization of media. Students engage with and become critical consumers of media, learning how we use it to disseminate, market, entertain, influence and disrupt.
10. DGMD.4200 – Podcasting
In this class, students will create audio segments in the style of a Podcast, each executed with increasing complexity. Students will use the language of cinema, television, print, and the web. They will conduct research, scriptwriting, producing, location scouting, and organize scheduling. Students will use current technology to record a location-based audio program.