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Benedictine University is a private Roman Catholic university located in Lisle, Illinois. The student population is roughly 5,000. It is one of the top colleges in the country as of 2019 as ranked by Forbes Magazine. Benedictine University's location offers numerous internships and employment opportunities in the city of Chicago. Here are some of the hardest classes at the school.

1. ACCT 120 - VITA Service Learning

Students help assist with this vital program to file taxes.

If you want to help someone file their taxes, you should take a look at this course! It is based on the IRS' Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. As part of the course, you will be trained in basic tax filing and be required to take and pass an IRS exam. Then you will be required to volunteer at a site to help people file their income taxes. Sounds like fun, doesn't it?

2. BENB 99 - Benedictine Beginnings-Freshmen Success Seminar

A success coach mentors a student.

This is one class you really don't want to take since you are required to take it if you are on academic probation. This class prepares you for future success at the university by having you understand university expectations and participating in self-exploration exercises. It isn't supposed to be an enjoyable class since the goal is for you to not be on academic probation after this class.

3. BIOL 160 - Plagues and People

A plague doctor tries to cure people infected with the Black Death to no avail.

This course is intended for non-biology majors and serves an introduction to critical thinking in the natural sciences. Students will explore the origins and history of deadly plagues such as the Black Death and their effects on people. Along the way, they will discover investigative techniques used by scientists.

4. BIOL 302 - Stem Cell Biology

The professor explains stem-cell differentiation.

If you haven't been living under a rock for the past decade, you've probably heard of the term "stem cells". But what exactly are they? This course will teach you all about what stem cells are, how to regulate their development, FDA regulations, and ethical considerations. In short, you will come out knowing a lot more than the average lay-man about stem cells and will be better informed when the debate inevitably pops up again about stem cell funding.

5. MGT 310 - Applied Innovation

The professor presents a presentation on startup businesses.

How about putting all your management skills to work in the real world? This course offers students the ability to work with a local start up business and in the process practice skills necessary to succeed in the business world. Students are selected via an interview process and are they placed into teams of five. The team will then help the company develop a proper business model and plan of success.

6. DMSC 307 - Principles of Ultrasound Physics I

A doctor shows a woman the ultrasound of her womb.

This course may be the one for those who like physics and who also want to become an OB-GYN someday! In this course, you will learn all about the physics of the diagnostic ultrasound. More specifically, you will be looking into the acoustics of ultrasound and the equipment used to perform it.

7. ENT 340 - Entrepreneurial Challenge

Shark Tank judges discuss a proposal.

Attention future contestants of Shark Tank and The Apprentice! If you want to get a taste of what it's like to be on those shows, take this course first! You will be divided up into teams where you will have to showcase your skills in strategy, marketing and negotiation. You will then have to present your business in front of a panel of judges. May the best team win!

8. HIST 282 - Modern China

The Shanghai skyline at night.

Learn about the modern history of China in this exciting course. Go from Qing Dynasty and end at today's global power as you explore the internal and external forces that shaped China during the 19th and 20th centuries. Explore the problems and successes of 21st century China.

9. RADT 337 - Radiation Safety and Protection

A therapist prepares the patient for radiation treatment.

A radiation therapist is someone who prescribes radiation treatment for various forms of cancer. It is a dangerous field of work so anyone going into this profession needs to take this course of safety. Learn about the health effects of radiation exposure as well as federal and state regulations. Delve into the responsibilities of radiation therapists.

10. THEO 225 - Pilgrimage

Muslims on the pilgrimage to Mecca.

A pilgrimage is a journey seeking spiritual significance. This course will focus on pilgrimage in Christianity with additional focus on Buddhism, Islam, and Judaism. Students will study religious texts referring to pilgrimage as well as become familiar with places such as Mecca and Jerusalem.

Those were some of the hardest classes at Benedictine University! Come here if you want to learn how to become a radiation therapist and save the lives of those with cancer. Learn about the use of stem cells in medical research. How about being a participant on the university's equivalent of Shark Tank? These are all things you can do and there's even more waiting for you on campus!


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