Most BS, useless, waste of time undergrad classes you took

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Re: Most BS, useless, waste of time undergrad classes you took

Postby JetstoRJC » Fri Feb 19, 2010 3:14 am

Curling...yes the olympic sport with stones, ice, and brooms. Needed one more credit to qualify for residency at the end of the semester and it was the only one credit class that fit into my schedule. Actually turned out to be pretty fun though

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Re: Most BS, useless, waste of time undergrad classes you took

Postby BigA » Fri Feb 19, 2010 3:19 am

goblue1646 wrote:
Introduction to Walking.

We took walks and read fiction/non-fiction stories on walking.


That one made me laugh but are these and kayaking, etc. just 1 one unit classes people are taking for fun? Because that makes a bit of difference. My "Challenges of Leisure" was a 3 unit class within a major for what it's worth
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Re: Most BS, useless, waste of time undergrad classes you took

Postby wocehtoom » Fri Feb 19, 2010 3:25 am

Sociology of Surfing

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Re: Most BS, useless, waste of time undergrad classes you took

Postby goblue1646 » Fri Feb 19, 2010 3:29 am

BigA wrote:
goblue1646 wrote:
Introduction to Walking.

We took walks and read fiction/non-fiction stories on walking.


That one made me laugh but are these and kayaking, etc. just 1 one unit classes people are taking for fun? Because that makes a bit of difference. My "Challenges of Leisure" was a 3 unit class within a major for what it's worth


nope, 3 credit English course. :) That's what I get for majoring in hippy dippy English at an already hippy school.

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Re: Most BS, useless, waste of time undergrad classes you took

Postby basicgrey7 » Fri Feb 19, 2010 3:33 am

Compensation. It was a MWF class and we got him to cancel every single friday class just because we told him we didn't feel like going. We also got him to give us extra credit for coming to class and he gave out more extra credit than actual points in the class. I got a 130/100 for my first test and 115/100 for my second. Final was optional if you wanted a grade boost. We were pretty sure he made up all of his grades. He took 20 minutes to get class in order by asking how everyone when it was a 50 minute class then would let us go early. It sucked I had to pay money but sure enjoyed it :)

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Re: Most BS, useless, waste of time undergrad classes you took

Postby eandy » Fri Feb 19, 2010 3:41 am

Hmm toss up between History of Baseball and Science and Technology in Society.

History of Baseball was just bullshit because the professor (cranky old man) informed me, the only female in the class, that I could never make an A in the class because as a woman, I would never be able to understand the subtleties of the sport at an A level. Can you say doucher? I mysteriously got a B in the class even though I know I did A-level work. The frustrations of subjectivity in grading...

We also have a Science and Technology in Society requirement. I originally was taking this Technology of Bodies class in the Philosophy department which was cool, because it was about circus freaks and neat things. But, then had to write a ten page paper on social construction, which I couldn't explain well enough to write ten pages on. SO, I wimped out and took Science and Technology in Society, the most worthless class on the planet. I sat there with a hundred freshmen three times a week and basically learned "sometimes something is invented for one use, and it ends up being used for something else", "sometimes technology has unexpected consequences", and that "science is not the same as technology." Worst class ever. The exams were so general and easy that I could write about pretty much anything I wanted, so I just used info from whatever history class I was taking at the time to answer all the questions. Complete waste of time.

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Re: Most BS, useless, waste of time undergrad classes you took

Postby BigA » Fri Feb 19, 2010 3:41 am

goblue1646 wrote:
BigA wrote:
goblue1646 wrote:
Introduction to Walking.

We took walks and read fiction/non-fiction stories on walking.


That one made me laugh but are these and kayaking, etc. just 1 one unit classes people are taking for fun? Because that makes a bit of difference. My "Challenges of Leisure" was a 3 unit class within a major for what it's worth


nope, 3 credit English course. :) That's what I get for majoring in hippy dippy English at an already hippy school.


Awesome!

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Re: Most BS, useless, waste of time undergrad classes you took

Postby Thirteen » Fri Feb 19, 2010 3:44 am

I forgot about another course I took as an upper-division elective: Children's Literature. We read Dr. Seuss and Curious George books, and took multiple choice tests about what happened in the stories. To make it even easier, the TA would review what "might" be on the test in her office hours the day before the test.

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Re: Most BS, useless, waste of time undergrad classes you took

Postby LawSchoolGuy746 » Fri Feb 19, 2010 4:27 am

Tractor Driving

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Re: Most BS, useless, waste of time undergrad classes you took

Postby scooter629 » Fri Feb 19, 2010 6:30 am

I wanna know where to forestry one went to school

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Re: Most BS, useless, waste of time undergrad classes you took

Postby dvt0004 » Fri Feb 19, 2010 8:21 am

Beverage Survey. We discussed the history and production techniques for alcoholic beverages.... and then we drank them.

Three fun credit hours, but pretty useless.

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Re: Most BS, useless, waste of time undergrad classes you took

Postby iminlstrick » Fri Feb 19, 2010 8:21 am

Introduction to Drawing.

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Re: Most BS, useless, waste of time undergrad classes you took

Postby parker09 » Fri Feb 19, 2010 8:29 am

dvt0004 wrote:Beverage Survey. We discussed the history and production techniques for alcoholic beverages.... and then we drank them.

Three fun credit hours, but pretty use[strike]less[/strike]ful way to get hammered on the school's dime.


ftfy.

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Re: Most BS, useless, waste of time undergrad classes you took

Postby theavrock » Fri Feb 19, 2010 9:18 am

scooter629 wrote:I wanna know where to forestry one went to school


Maybe Wisconsin? They have an extensive forestry program.

I took a 4 credit 400 level Ethology: Animal Behavior course. Sounds pretty tough right? It was a MWF class, the professor didn't take attendance and the only thing we were graded on was a 10 page research paper on whatever we liked that had nothing to do with what he taught in class. I stopped coming after the third week. Wrote my paper a month later and enjoyed my A at the end of the semester.

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Re: Most BS, useless, waste of time undergrad classes you took

Postby jbarl1 » Fri Feb 19, 2010 9:38 am

BigA wrote:"The Challenges of Leisure"


I took "Leisure Experience." We wrote poems in class about cooking and everyone gets an A.

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Re: Most BS, useless, waste of time undergrad classes you took

Postby jk11287 » Fri Feb 19, 2010 9:43 am

"Intro to Primates...." I was an ART HISTORY major.

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Re: Most BS, useless, waste of time undergrad classes you took

Postby LSATfromNC » Fri Feb 19, 2010 10:04 am

Introduction to Old Testament. We were suppose to meet MWF for 1 1/2 hours, we only met on Wed for 30 minutes. Just enough time for him to go over the 10 question multiple choice take home quiz, and for him to pass out the take home quiz for next week :)

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Re: Most BS, useless, waste of time undergrad classes you took

Postby prefontaine » Fri Feb 19, 2010 10:10 am

Counseling Psych -- it was part of some research project. The requirement: come to a group discussion once a week, talk about anything that was on your mind, and allow yourself to be filmed.

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Re: Most BS, useless, waste of time undergrad classes you took

Postby thestoryends » Fri Feb 19, 2010 10:37 am

"Music, Mallets and More:" an honors seminar class where one exam was an original score performed on a recorder.

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Re: Most BS, useless, waste of time undergrad classes you took

Postby Luis Gomez » Fri Feb 19, 2010 10:56 am

During a summer study abroad, I took Politics of Mexico at the University of San Diego. Being Mexican and a law student in Mexico it was impossible for me no to get an A+. It felt like cheating in a way.

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Postby Cupidity » Fri Feb 19, 2010 11:05 am

I am a former professional shakespearian actor, and in high school I wond 2 or 3 speech competitions at the state level.... I had to take COM:101, a basic speech giving class.

Also, senior year, after having taken senior level seminar classes on Augustine, Aquinas, Moore, and Eastern Philosophy...I had to take religions of the world.

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Re: Most BS, useless, waste of time undergrad classes you took

Postby jc631 » Fri Feb 19, 2010 11:10 am

Intro to Rock Music... It involved memorizing different characteristics of Beatles' albums and the difference between British and American punk rock. It was awesome!

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Re: Most BS, useless, waste of time undergrad classes you took

Postby conformalgeom » Fri Feb 19, 2010 11:12 am

Not really undergraduate courses, but I think Quantum Field Theory and Measure Theory have to be tied for being the largest "waste of time" courses I have taken. Absolutely useless for any career field outside of academics.

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Re: Most BS, useless, waste of time undergrad classes you took

Postby umichgrad » Fri Feb 19, 2010 11:15 am

"Dinosaurs and Other Failures".

also, Anthro 101, where we decided people are different b/c some got left on ice bridges when pangea exploded.

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Re: Most BS, useless, waste of time undergrad classes you took

Postby entrechatsix » Fri Feb 19, 2010 11:24 am

i kind of want to answer "every single course that i took..."

but i'll just go with "math for liberal arts majors"




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