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Some semesters at Temple are more of a struggle than others. Looking for a way to lighten your academic load this year? If so, hop on to TUPortal and register for one of these easy classes! Here are 10 of the easiest classes at Temple University.

1. FMA 0869: Imaginary Cities

This course meets just once a week, and most of your in-class time is spent watching and discussing how blockbuster movies depict Philly, New York City, Los Angeles, Tokyo, and the rest of the world’s most well-known urban areas. You can expect little-to-no homework, two quick projects, and a couple of take home tests.

2. ADV 3101: Creative Thinking for Advertising

So you’re an advertising major, huh? Well, sharpen your crayons—this class will have you coloring in no time! You’ll draw goofy monsters, create your own children’s book, and, if you’re lucky, watch Shrek and Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium.

3. MUSC 1529: Guitar for Non-Music Majors

The best way to master a few basic guitar chords is to do so alongside other students who are just now playing the instrument for the first time. It’s a one-credit course, so you won’t have to worry much about whether or not you’ll have enough schedule space. Plus, the whole “non-music majors” part means there’s little chance you’ll be judged for your so-so “Row Row Row Your Boat” rendition.

4. GSWS 2002: Sexual Differences in the Cinema

Here’s another once-weekly film class. This one examines the roles of gender, sexuality, race, and class in indie films, cult classics, and big-ticket items like Les Miserables and The Imitation Game. The weekly journal entries can be a pain in the neck if you forget to keep up with them, but you won’t have to take a single test!  

5. ENG 0857: The Detective Novel

The Detective Novel is a fun tour of America’s most popular literary form, with stops in the texts of Agatha Christie, Sherlock Holmes, and—you guessed it—Edgar Allen Poe. If you like chasing mysteries and solving crimes, then polish off that old magnifying glass in your garage (for style points only—it’s not a course requirement). You’re in for a smooth ride.

6. THTR 0825: The Art of Acting

Are you an actor? Great! Alternatively, do you have zero acting experience? Even better! As an Art of Acting student, you’ll get to practice your improv skills, use your imagination, and attend live performances. The homework is light (just a few reflection papers), and the final is a short partner scene.

7. SOC 0835: Ethnicity and the Immigrant Experience in the U.S.

Race & Diversity Gen Eds may seem daunting. However, this class has got you covered! You’ll learn how food, family, and other ethnic factors play into a person’s American identity. Classes are mostly lecture-based, and, if you’re lucky, your professor will show clips from South Park and Chappelle’s Show. Nothing beats earning credits while laughing your butt off.

8. MATH 0824: Mathematical Patterns

Calculus isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. If you’re looking for a laidback way to satisfy your Quantitative Literacy Gen Ed, this is definitely the way to go. Math Patterns uses real-life examples (the NFL, Google, music shuffling, etc.) to explain logic and probability. Compared to Temple’s other math classes, this one’s a breeze.

9. KINS 1001: Cardiovascular Fitness for a Healthy Lifestyle

Listen up, gym rats: this is the class for you! You’ll earn two credits for working out, improving your pushup game, and writing a handful of one-page reflection papers. The final is your only test, and (if you pay attention during the in-class review game) it’s a piece of cake.

10. ENVT 0845: The Environment

It doesn’t take long to realize The Environment is almost every non-science major’s go-to Science & Technology Gen Ed. That’s because the class is low-stress, engaging, and way easier than anything physics-related. The tests are online, and the final is a debate of a popular environmental topic. If you’ve got a lot to say about nuclear power, solar energy, or plastic water bottles, sign up!


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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