Hofstra University Hardest classes

At every university, there are classes that make the semester more challenging. Whether these course are difficult because of workload or the content of the course, these courses have proven to be challenging, and even bring down your GPA. If taking these classes can be at all avoided, it is recommended, because the level of difficulty in these courses is certainly among the highest. Here is a list of 10 of the hardest classes at Hofstra University.

1. BIO 011 – Intro to Cell Biology and Genetics with Nathan Rigel

As one of the introductory classes for biology majors, it is a widely known “weed-out” course that eliminates students from the biology major. The course is made to be extremely difficult, with a great deal of memorization a complete necessity to even pass the course. There is an overwhelming amount of information according to students, and is expected to be learned in a very short period of time. Lab write-ups are frequent and tests demand a very specific recollection of information, making the course one of the most, if not the most difficult biology course.

2. MATH 072 – Calculus II with Robert Silverstone

Universally, Calculus II is considered one of the most difficult calculus courses in any university. It deals with a mix of both calculus and a heavy emphasis on algebra, which can be a difficult mix of content. While the teacher is a light grader and wants students to succeed, the content is extremely difficult. There are no trick questions on the test and they usually consist of shorter questions. However, even so, memorizing the information and formulas are no small task, and this course that most STEM majors must take is one of the hardest.

3. SOC 004 – Contemporary Society with Gail Satler

Contemporary Society is a hard course for a multitude of reasons. The teacher is very repetitive, and Satler is very dry in her lectures. The reading is absolutely mandatory, including the textbook, so it is a lot of content that has to be taken in. There are also very few assignments, so if you do poorly on one, there is a good chance you will unfortunately not do well in the class. As well as this, if you miss class, you will miss important information and Satler does not use blackboard or give feedback on how you are doing in the class.

4. MATH 073 – Calculus III with Steven J. Warner

Like CALC72, this course is one of the more difficult mathematics courses. The calculus portion is said to be easier in this course, however, the algebra is much more intensive which can be problematic at times. The problems, and subsequently, the homework, take a very long time to do, and tend to be rather complicated. However, the tests are similar to the reviews, and are generally fair. There are no tricks, but the content in general is challenging. There are not many assessments, but the ones that are given are complex.

5. ANTH 004 – World Cultures with Timothy Daniels

While anthropology and learning about different cultures is interesting, this specific course has a very severe workload. Throughout the course you have to read three books, along with over 5 “short” ethnographies, 3 short essays, 3 group projects with 8 page essays included within them. It is difficult to do well on the tests unless you read the books or never miss class and take very comprehensive notes. It is a very demanding course, and if you do not have to take it, students would recommend that you avoid it.

6. WSC 001 FA – Composition with Frank Gaughan

This course is heavily writing intensive, and most freshman need to take this course to fulfill their Writing Proficiency requirement. However, this course is one of the more difficult WSC courses because of the way Gaughan grades. There are a great deal of assignments that are not clearly outlined, and can be very confusing at times. There were only four essays during the semester, but there were multiple revisions required for each that make the workload more severe.

7. SOC 140 – Social Inequality with Willian Lopresti

The course itself is very interesting, but the teaching style utilized makes it difficult. There is also an unequal representation of content, which is problematic considering the course content. The teacher is very unclear in his practices, and does not give very good feedback. As well as this, Lopresti does not tell you what your grades are, and does not utilize Blackboard, so it is difficult to know how you are doing in the course.

8. HUHC 011-014 – Culture and Expression

All of the Culture and Expression courses at Hofstra University are taken by the majority of Honors College students. They rarely are spoken highly of, as the course is mandatory and has a heavy workload. There is a lot of reading involved as well as memorization, and multiple teachers teaching the courses make it increasingly difficult. Many of the texts are bulky and written in Old English, and need to be read in a very short period of time. As well as this, the tests ask for specific quotes from any of the required readings, which means that the readings really must be read along with all of the essays that need to be completed throughout the semester.

9. ACCT 231 – Cost Accounting Systems with Achraf Ali Seyam

ACCT231 is a high-level course in the accounting program. This course features very complicated high level of taxation, which are difficult enough to comprehend. There are a great deal of rules and regulations, and the mix of legal and mathematical concepts together are hard to grasp. The teacher was also difficult in his tactics, and did not explain things clearly according to his students.

10. ENGG 010 – Computer Programming for Engineers with Nicholas Merna

A course with a mixture of computer science and engineering is arguably difficult in itself. Students in this course had difficulty with the content, but more difficulty with the teacher. Merna did not explain this difficult topic well, and the material was not well covered. Along with this, grading was said to be very inconsistent. Quizzes are graded much more leniently, and then when the test came along, they were graded much more harshly.

While no course is likely going to be simple at a university, there are some that certainly stand out as more difficult than others. If they can be avoided, students who are not dedicated to the subject matter should be careful taking these courses. If students are up to the challenge, these classes could be very beneficial, but will certainly be a challenge in multiple aspects.

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