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Taking the right classes can make or break your college experience. It’s important to take classes that are required for your major, but Gen-Eds are crucial too. In order to make your schedule more enjoyable, make sure to do your research and figure out which classes are best for you.

1. Introduction to Finite Math (MTH 107)

Otherwise known as Introduction to Finite Math, this course mainly focuses on probability, and statistics. For someone who enjoys easy math with few actual numbers, equations and problems, this class was an easy A. Other than the fact that it was an early class, it was an enjoyable class that had a very light workload. No homework, which was the best part, but one professor, Hadley, gave a quiz every Friday. There were only 3 exams before the final, all of which the majority of the class found to be very easy.


2. Introduction to Music (MUS 101)

For anyone who grew up around music, this class is a no-brainer. One of the most enjoyable classes that can be taken, it was a simple course that required very little prior knowledge. The class, commonly called Introduction to Music, or known by  Mr. Forsthoff as “The Enjoyment of Music”. Class periods revolve mainly around listening to pieces from different eras from Spotify, and learning the fundamentals of music. One section has a very light amount homework, including 2 Listening Journals (a response to 10 songs from the current unit) and a report on a concert attended during the semester. There are only 3 quizzes in the course, in addition to the midterm and the final. The class was a fun one, that covered many contemporary and interesting topics.

3. Introduction to Journalism (JOR 110)

Even for people who aren’t considering a career in journalism have a ton of knowledge to learn from this course. Though the class varies greatly between professors, the underlying topics are the same. Themes discussed revolved around media, evolution of technology, and prejudice. The class was interesting. However there was a great deal of in-class writing assignments, as well as a few homework assignments as well. Overall, the workload wasn’t too taxing, but the material seemed redundant sometimes.

4. Introduction to Mass Communication and Meia (SCM 101)

This class’s official title is “Introduction to Mass Communication and Media”, and that is the only thing covered. Honestly, this class didn’t really make an impression. Under the School of Communication, the main focus of the class was the basics of communication, but not in the way that COM 100 would focus on them. There were many take-home reading assignments, and a ton of group projects, which many people are not fond of. Overall, not the best of classes to take if you’re looking for an education in Communications.

5. Health Psychology (PSY 255)

After taking AP Psych in high school, the next option was either to take PSY 254, or the elective Health Psychology (255). Those who choose the elective route are in for a strange class. The class doesn’t have a single professor, instead it is taught by a revolving group of lecturers who each give a lesson on a different topic. All the topics revolve around the five main behaviors that contribute to early death or chronic disease: smoking, inadequate exercise, unhealthy diet, stress, and alcohol consumption. The class made it hard to understand the bigger picture, as one day the lecture would be about HIV/AIDS, the next it would be about sun exposure and skin cancer. There were 3 large exams in the class, including the final. It only has a few homework assignments about behavior change. The textbook is a necessity, because many of the test questions aren’t taught in the lectures, and can only be learned from the readings.


Choosing classes in freshman year can be hard, picking between Gen Eds and classes for your major, so try to ask people like your advisor and other students  in order to make the best decision for you. Remember, everyone is different, so classes that work for some people may not be the best for you.


Samantha Bloch

A freshman psych major at URI :)