Our GenEd Program and elective options get such bad raps. Why, you ask? Well, if you’ve ever uttered something along the lines of these classes are a waste of time or I just want to finish my major and get the heck out of here, then you, my friend, are guilty. We’ve caught you red-handed. Lucky for you, though, there’s plenty of room for forgiveness. These classes should change your mind. Who knows…they might even change your major, too! Here are 10 of the Coolest Classes at Temple University!

1. ADV 2005 – Social Media Marketing

Let’s face it—social media is everything. Take your Insta game to the next level by gaining a better understanding of the strategies behind some of the world’s leading platforms. Your prof might say otherwise, but we’ll totally give you bonus points if you go viral by finals.

2. HIST 1008 – The Sixties: The American Experience

You know how to spot hemp bracelets and hippies from a mile away, but have you ever considered things like counterculture and the Vietnam War? A series of guest speakers, discussions, films, and other content will expand your horizons.

3. DANCE 1821 – Michael Jackson: Entertainer, Artist, Celebrity

It’s not a typo. We actually have a class in all things Michael. Snag a seat in this class, and you’ll get to research the King of Pop’s song skills, celebrity status, and place in the grand scheme of pop culture.

4. CSCD 1001-1004 – American Sign Language

These classes are downright cool. If you’re totally new to deaf culture, then no worries. The four-semester sequence will familiarize you with its history in the U.S. and, hopefully, allow you to become fluent in American Sign Language.

5. CHEM 0821 – Chemistry of Wine

Grapes are only part of the story. In this class, you’ll learn how wine comes to life, what made it the go-to beverage throughout history, and why some bottles cost more than your rent. Here’s hoping you earn an A and some newfound knowledge of rosé.

6. ARTU 2400 – Cosplay: Creating an Alter Ego

While there’s no guarantee that this course will transform you into a superhero, supervillain, or Pokémon, there is a strong possibility that you’ll learn how to navigate a sewing machine. History, alter egos, and fabric will be at your fingertips

7. FMA 0869 – Imaginary Cities

Although it may seem like cities shape the silver screen, you’ll soon discover that this tends to be the other way around. Take this class to watch fantastic films, analyze their portrayals of urban life, and get the lowdown on the California McDonald’s that serves zero Big Macs.

8. DANC 1807 – Hatha Yoga I

Other classes can be so frustrating that they cause you to lose your breath. This one helps you find it. Instead of losing focus in a crammed lecture hall, you’ll roll out a mat and reach your center through amazing asanas.

9. ENVT 0845 – The Environment

The world around us is as massive as, well, a world, so why not learn a thing or two about it? You’ll pinpoint your place on the food chain, don goggles for a few hands-on experiments, and face off in a final debate about anything from solar energy to water pollution.

10. ENG 2004 – Creative Writing: Fiction

What’s better than a good story? Being the genius responsible for coming up with it. No worries if novels make you nervous—this class focuses on shorter essays that let you sharpen your skills at your own pace.


Megan Sawey

Megan Sawey is a Temple University alumnus. She maintains deep passions for puns, distance running, hula hooping, peanut butter, and (thanks to her recent trip to Rome) Nutella. You can find her on megansawey.com.

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