Hope you’re all excited to start a Penn State career with upcoming New Student Orientation! Selecting your first college courses can be daunting, however, here is a list of recommended classes to fill up your first schedule. If you’re reading this and are not a new student, take the time to read this list and get ideas for filling up your schedule! These classes are great regardless of academic year:
A very basic, required class that most students are happy to start with in their schedules. Not only does it help your writing skills, this beginner English course helps prepare you for the amount of effort you will have to put into your classes.
2. Cas 100
This class usually goes hand in hand with English 15 and is a required course. In fact, most students taking summer session will schedule this with English 15. With many college courses, students find themselves tasked with making speeches for a large portion of the final grade. This class will help prepare you for what is to come and the professor’s will help you with your public speaking.
3. Sociology 119
This class satisfies General Science, US Cultures, and Bachelor of Arts requirements. A huge part of college education is building perspective and learning how to think critically. This class combines both features to help educate about social issues. The professor, Dr. Sam Richards, is known for his intellectual lectures saying, ““The best I can do is challenge everyone’s assumptions in equal measure. Nobody should ever walk away from my class without engaging in some sort of argument with me in their head.”
4. Horticulture 150: Plants in the Human Context
In need of a natural science class? Look no further than Dennis Decoteau’s class where you will learn about plant’s importances in everyday lives. Not only is it interesting, but the professor is known for caring about his students and making sure that everyone understands the material.
5. ENT 202: The Inset Connection
Still need a general science class and find plants a bit boring? Hopefully this class is a little more interesting with learning about insects and the various roles they have in the world. Even if you’re squeamish about bugs, overcome your fear and learn that these little guys actually can have a huge impact on the planet.
6. Kines 72: Fitness Walking
Since not everyone is athletically inclined, Fitness Walking is a great class for a required kinesiology credit. It’s a great way to learn time management, explore campus, and actually improve your stride. Since this is considered “fitness”, you will break a sweat in this class. Not to worry as it is a great and easy way to stay active during the week to help avoid the Freshmen 15.
Still need help with making decisions about which class to take? Check out our website and see which classes have notes or study guides published. Also, if you have any other suggestions, comment below!