What Classes Should Every Student Take in College?

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Hi-Tech classroom

Ah, yes. The quiet before the “learning” storm.

With spring semester starting, students are settling into new schedules—and probably wondering whether they chose the correct courses. SALT turned to our community to find out the classes that everyone needs to take (i.e., the ones where they got their money’s worth). Here’s what they chose.


Speech and communication courses are very significant. I feel as though technology has made many people antisocial and has isolated the youth so that they do not properly learn how to communicate. Thus, a course such as speech would be great. In addition, it is also a great course for students to take who have social anxiety to help lessen that fear.


Everyone should be required to take a programming class. It improves problem-solving skills by breaking down a large problem into pieces and forcing attention to detail.


When I first learned I HAD to take psychology, I was pretty mad and frustrated about it. I thought it would be the worst thing ever. But it just happened to be quite the opposite. Not only does it help one learn about the way your brain thinks and reacts and such, but it also gives you a different perspective on others. It helps you understand how others think.


Courses about culture are very important and can allow you to view other cultures with a new, fresh perspective, as well as take a better introspective look at yourself and the culture in which you live.


I went to art school, and I must say that I really could’ve used a financing or business management class that could be applicable in the real world—especially when pursuing something like art as a career.


I think business law is a great class for everyone to take, regardless of what your career path is. It prepares you for pretty much every legal aspect of life—or at least gives you a basic understanding to keep yourself out of trouble. In my class, I learned a lot about renting property, buying cars, and dealing with neighbors.


Proper grammar and basic writing skills are essential. Being able to communicate (whether a leader or follower) is critical in a successful work environment.


I would recommend an introductory philosophy class so you can learn logic (symbolic logic). It can be applied to just about anything, and if you can formulate arguments, you will do well in your courses whether you’re designing an experiment using the scientific method or backing up a theme in an art history class.


I think everyone should have to take a CPR and first aid class because everyone in life has emergencies and this would benefit them to help immediately rather than waiting for EMS.


Morals and ethics are significant within society and should be learned. The class—at least the one I took at my community college—offered unique perspectives looking at larger issues as well as smaller, personal experiences. The class does not demand you believe certain things, but it offers you the knowledge to make important decisions on your own with more logic and understanding; it equips you with great life skills.


I think everyone should take a cultural studies class or a history class other than American history. The U.S. is very diverse and knowing about other cultures helps you understand why people do things a certain way.


I think understanding personal finances are huge. Retirement, how to manage debt, different types of debt, etc. This is something so central to everyday life, yet we rarely talk about it. Wouldn’t it be great if we all took a class on it?


I feel that I got the most out of my business ethics class. There is a lot of information that people need to know; most of it seems like common sense, but it is interesting to see how different business efforts and scandals have shaped industries today


A class about art or music, so they can learn to appreciate the more aesthetic things in life.

What do you think, readers? Share your choice in the comments.

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  1. Aaron Weber January 18, 2013 / 4:55 pm

    I’m deeply glad I took intro Computer Science, and I wish I’d taken stats, or maybe economics and statistics, to go with it. I think statistics is probably the most practical mathematical discipline, especially for understanding news and what’s going on in the world.

  2. Faith January 23, 2013 / 1:29 pm

    Ethics is one that everyone should take. Actually, at WIT it is a graduation requirement.

    Personally, I like being a business management major because I sit in class and feel like I’m learning about things that will influence every part of my life, regardless of my future career path.

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