The last few weeks of winter quarter at Ohio State doesn’t just mean that spring break is right around the corner, but spring quarter scheduling is too! Most upperclassmen, athletes, and honors students have probably already scheduled, but for some freshmen, we are still stressing out over schedules! For those of us that are scrambling to find some fun GECs or even some two credit hour classes to boost our GPAs, don’t panic! I have done some BuckeyeLink research and pulled some classes that might interest us all!
The Ohio State Dance Department offers a ton of classes at many different levels that all vary from around one to three credits! If you’re a beginner, they offer Dance 201.01, .02, .03, etc, which include ballet, modern, jazz, and hip-hop. If you’re more of an advanced dancer, they offer these same classes at the 601.xx level. They are offering a class this quarter on Saturdays from 10:00am-12:00-pm (Dance 601.08: Other), which is circus dancing and tricks! You learn how to master the hula-hoop, basic tumbling and other crazy things you wouldn’t find in most dance classes. They are great, entertaining GPA boosters!
Chocolate Science & Wine and Beer in Western Culture
Wait, classes about chocolate and beer? Sign me up! The Department of Food Science and Technology offers FDSCTE 101 - Chocolate Science and FDSCTE 170 - Wine and Beer in Western Culture. Chocolate science introduces its students to the science of how chocolate is created and what the whole delicious business is like! But, the best part is sampling different types of chocolate during lecture. It’s basically Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory for two credit hou rs. Of course, for Wine and Beer you have to be of legal age to enroll because there is taste testing involved. Students also learn about the effects of wine and beer in our culture today!
Ohio State has really outdone themselves with this class. EDUPAES 139.14 is Introductory Program of Outdoor Sports: Skydiving, where students learn how to skydive, the safety of flying through the air and at the end of the class, actually jump out of a plane. Crazy stuff! This is a satisfactory/unsatisfactory graded course, so if you’re a little scared when the time comes to actually participate in this extreme sport, it is not required that you fling yourself from a moving aircraft to get a good grade.
Bebop to Doowop to Hip Hop
Yes, that is the actual name of the course! The class title alone is interesting enough. The course if AFAMAST 288 and is about the uprising of rhythm and blues and its origins. It teaches all about the traditions of African American music during the times of World War II, the prime era of the development of African music! The best part is that it is a GEC under the Visual and Performing Arts & Diversity categories.
Appearance, Dress, and Cultural Diversity
A class on how to dress; someone has answered our prayers. Under the Consumer Science: Fashion and Retail Studies tab, CSFSNRTS 372 is a course about what people’s appearances mean, how to interpret personality based on outfit choice and the influence of dress on culture. It qualifies as a GEC for a Social Science Individual and Groups course!
Magic and Witchcraft
One of the classes I am oddly intrigued with is MEDIEVAL 240: Magic and Witchcraft in the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Why would you not want to sit in a class with so many relations to Harry Potter? It is a GEC under the Culture and Ideas category, as well as International Issues Western. A similar class is Philosophy 280: Metaphysics, Religion, and Magic in the Scientific Revolution. This historical survey class is great for those of us that don’t want to sit through lectures about 18th Century America and review what we did in high school all over again.
So if you haven’t scheduled yet, or are looking for some more fun, easy credits to add to your schedule, there are hundreds of classes to fit everyone’s personality! BuckeyeLink is right at your fingertips!