No matter what major you end up picking, you’re going to have to fill up some liberal studies requirements at most four-year colleges. Whether you’re on the way to earning your B.A. in business, education, or French, it’s always rewarding to open your mind to new ways of thinking about the world. Here’s a list of five classes that’ll help you become a more critical and mindful member of the world.
1. Intro to Astronomy
Many people don’t realize how vast the universe really is. An astronomy course can help you think about the world in a new, humbling way and enrich your everyday experience. You can also learn the constellations and point them out to your friends and family. Most introductory astronomy classes won’t be too math intensive, but if you haven’t taken a single algebra course in your lifetime (or if it’s been a really long time) talk to your adviser before jumping in. Either way, don’t miss out on the chance to learn about galaxies, how stars are formed, theories of the origin of the universe, our solar system, and more.
2. World Religions
Most four-year universities offer some kind of overview of the many religions of the world. These classes can help you realize the different ways that people worship across the globe. You’ll learn about Taoism, Buddhism, Islam, and more as you discuss creation theories and myths from all over the planet. This is a great chance to open up your mind to different ways of understanding the role of religion in society and appreciating the diversity of human life.
3. Intro to Philosophy
I took Philosophy 100 as a freshman as an online course, and it was one of my favorites. Not only will you get a historical background on the origin of philosophical thought, but you’ll hear some of the leading ideas in the world today. Ever wonder what the big deal is about Socrates? Heard about Nietzsche but don’t have a clue what he’s all about? No idea what the hype about existentialism all means? Here’s your chance to explore yourself as well as the world around you and to think outside the box a little.
4. Intro to Psychology
There’s a lot more to psychology than most people would ever think. If you’re the kind of person who always imaged it’s just a bunch of Freudian mumbo jumbo, you might want to take this course to learn about recent trends and developments in psychological models. You’ll learn a lot about yourself and your behaviors as you discuss contemporary understandings of the brain and the way it works. Don’t miss out on this one.
Universities have liberal education requirements to help you become a more well-rounded individual when you leave with your Bachelor’s degree. So instead of packing your schedule with junk, consider these suggestions to learn about the big, fascinating world out there and all the people in it!