Located in Wellesley, Massachusetts, this prestigious university offers 52 majors to only female students (you can find their list of majors here). Although the university offers 52 majors, the class sizes are kept rather small, having a student-faculty ratio of 7:1, allowing one-on-one conversations, closer relationships, and all-in-all a better education. I have put together 10 of not only the easiest courses, but seemingly interesting. Most of these courses do not have prerequisites, making it easier for first-year students to take the course
1. ECON102 – Principles of Macroeconomics
In this course, students will learn about the measurement of national income, economic growth, unemployment, inflation, business cycles, balance of payments, and exchange rates. This course would be beneficial to anyone who is looking to open up a business in the future. To anyone who is looking to better the work-force, this also would teach society as a whole how to better use their resources.
2. REL114 – Science and the Bible
This course introduces many controversies between the Bible and its relevance to scientific inquiries. It touches conflicting topics that will be discussed such as evolution, the making of the Earth, environmental stewardship, and genetic engineering. Anyone taking this course will be asked to consider the limitations that science puts in place and how these limitations have shaped our world today.
3. ECON103 – Introduction to Probability and Statistical Methods
In this course, students will focus on the basic concepts of research including central tendency, hypothesis, testing, and parameter estimation. These methods of research help us determine everyday things, including the weather, insurance policies, sports, as well as gambling. This isn’t just your normal algebra course. More than likely, you will have to use these concepts regardless of your job.
4. PSYC101 – Introduction to Psychology
What kind of “easiest course” list would this be if it didn’t include this one? In this course, students will learn about the developmental, personality, abnormal, clinical, physiological, cognitive, cultural, and social psychology. They will also be exploring the many research methods and theoretical perspectives used by psychologists to study origins and variations in human behavior.
5. CHIN101 – Beginning Chinese
As China’s empire grows more and more by the day, it becomes more helpful to others to start speaking Chinese. This course offers skills in listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing in Mandarin Chinese. There will also be a strong emphasis on pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar, and communication.
6. PSYC213 – Abnormal Psychology
If you love crime shows such as NCIS, Hawaii Five-O, Criminal Minds, or any others, then this is the course for you. Students will discuss psychological disorders with a special emphasis on phenomenology. Students should expect to learn about behavioral treatments of anxiety-based disorders, cognitive treatment of depression, psychoanalytic therapy of personality disorders, and biochemical treatment of schizophrenia.
7. ASTR100 – Exploring the Cosmos: Introductory Astronomy
This course, like you might expect, provides an overview of our Universe. The covered topics in which one should expect to study are the stars and their planetary companions, lives and death of stars, black holes, and the origin and fate of the Universe. This class also includes night time observations with a naked eye as well as usage of modern telescopes will be conducted and scheduled regularly. This course would not come up on an “easy course list,” this specific university has had outstanding results when teaching astronomy. Please keep in mind that the professor makes a difference in how much you are able to learn.
8. ARTH343 – Roman Monuments: Memory and Metamorphosis
Roman architecture affects a lot of the world’s architectural design today. In this course, students will focus on a different Roman monument each week and discuss how they negotiated power through unique designs. Students will analyze ancient precedents for destroying or rewriting dedications to condemned emperors. This course should leave students with a better understanding of how monuments work and how Roman architecture has shaped the world we live in today.
9. ARTS207 – Sculpture I
You probably expected something involving the arts, didn’t you? What kind of “easiest course list” would this be if it didn’t include an art course? Sculpture is solely based on working with clay, wood, and plaster. Although it includes these materials, one can simply sculpt with any material if molded correctly. This course is a lot of work from personal experience taking a sculpting class. However, it is worth it in the end when you have a collection of pieces.
10. REL236 – Divine Madness: Dreams, Visions, and Hallucinations
The first thing that popped in mind was Alice in Wonderland and all of the conspiracy theories behind the story. Much like those controversies, students will examine what constitutes madness in individuals and how it corresponds to particular religious meanings. Throughout this course, students will look at how madness transitioned from a spiritual problem to a biomedical one. Questions of whether people with mental illness in Western cultures might be recognized as shamans, mystics or visionaries. Each week, a new “madness” lab will be conducted and will analyze film, music, scientific texts, and others in which depict dreams, visions, and hallucinations.
College courses are never going to be an automatic easy-A. If you take courses that interest you, they will automatically become easy. I hope this list helped you choose your courses for next semester, and best of luck!