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After declaring a major, students often focus on taking classes within that program so they don’t end up in their fourth year without enough credits in their field. However, there is a multitude of classes that are most likely way more fun and will let you explore other fields!

1. FA/DANC 1400 – Dancing for Non-Majors

Three-hour lectures are brutal; you’re sitting at a desk for hours on end and may not even be paying attention because you’re too busy looking at your Facebook news feed! That’s why is just a good idea to try a dance class. It’s a different form of teaching and it gets you up and moving! Furthermore, it’s already hard enough to find time in a busy academic schedule to get exercise; this way you get to shoot two birds with one stone!

2. AP/LA 1000 – Elementary Latin

One of the most inaccurate sentences is that “Latin is a dead language.” It’s true that Latin is not spoken in the modern world but it is the basis of all the Romance languages. That means that if you ever want to learn French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, or Romanian, it’s going to be way easier! Not only that – learning Latin helps you understand more advanced English words you may not be familiar with. Ever wonder what “ubiquitous” means? If you have taken Latin, you would be able to figure it out simply because the Latin word for “everywhere” is “ubique”. And honestly, how proud would your parents be if you told them you were taking Latin??

 

3. AP/WRIT 1000 – Academic Writing in the Social Sciences

Okay, so for most people, probably not as interesting as the other courses mentioned in this blog. But honestly? It’s certainly going to be useful. The majority of students are going to need to be able to write a coherent and analytical essay at some point or another, so why not learn how to do it well?

4. AP/CRIM 1650 – Introduction to Criminology

This is basically Criminal Minds, but in lecture form. Interested in the justice system? Curious about how criminals move through the interrogation process? Then this course is for you! It isn’t necessarily the easiest course at York, but if you’re interested in the subject matter, it’s definitely worth looking at!

5. AP/SOWK 2025 – Eating Disorders: The Political, Social, and Psychological Issues

This list wouldn’t be complete without an online course! This class isn’t just a great idea to take because it’s online (and therefore doesn’t require the long commute to the York campus!), but also because it tackles an extremely important and relevant issue. Eating disorders are prevalent in modern day society, and the more awareness is spread, the better!

The beauty of York being such a big school is that they have a huge variety of courses to choose from. Everyone has the courses they feel comfortable with – the courses they took in high school – but there is something to be said about stepping outside of that comfort zone! After all, if there was anytime to do it, it would be during university!


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Lia Reed

Lia hopes to get her PhD in Clinical Psychology, so she'll be in school for a long time! Aside from that, she loves playing with her cat and tutoring (so she gets at least some human interaction!).


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