When You Need Electives
At orientation, before freshman year had started, advisors asked that students declare a major. My daughter left there practically in tears, feeling as though the pressure was on and her course needed to be set. There was a course catalog, per say, in front of her, but she felt limited to just the pages within her major. We encouraged her to explore. Take all different sorts of electives, because you just never know what may spark an interest and possibly change an intended path for something even more grand and exciting.
Sometimes students’ schedules are just so jam-packed that an easy and fun elective is the perfect way to round out a schedule. Electives can serve many purposes: fulfill an individual’s major requirement, supplement more rigorous courses to complete a minor, fill a schedule, or simply to have fun. For those who have the time and space in their schedule for a fun and easy elective, check these out:
- Circus – Yes, don’t just attend (see our FSU Bucket List here) the circus; learn to be part of one. Did you know FSU is one of the only universities in the nation with an operating circus?
- Yoga – For the record, this isn’t just about poses and breathing. There are actually papers and readings. It is much more than just stretching a few times a week, but a popular and well-liked class.
- Bowling (PEL 2111) – Great practice for that league they may join someday. Our interns say is so cool, but we also hear that they really teach you to bowl.
- Coffee, Tea, and International Culture – You will definitely know how to order at Starbucks after this, but you will also gain an understanding of coffee and tea in varying cultures.
- Fantasy Girls: Women and Girls in Science Fiction and Fantasy – Great class for the feminist or anyone for that matter.
- From Ballet to Beyonce: Gender and the Body In Dance and Pop Culture – So you say you can dance? Actually, you don’t have to, but you will learn about choreography, staging and gender stereotypes.
- Just Torture – Have any interest in the way a psychopath’s mind works? Perhaps you want to do a little research to write a detective novel. Well, it also discusses tortures history and more recent legal practices.
- Choral Union – Do you like to sing in the shower? Led by master’s students, members will get to participate in an actual choir. It’s just a lot of fun!
- Sociology of Hip-Hop Culture – Apparently there are deeper messages behind hip=hop and rap and in this class, you will learn to analyze them and their effect on society.
- The Blindness Experience – Actually it is just what it sounds like. Blindness is the number one disability worldwide. Learn braille, use blindfolds and gain an understanding of how blindness is experienced based on gender, race, ethnicity, religion, and class.
- Creating Experiences – Learn how to make pronounced memories and meaningful experiences – emotional and impacting, and then make them for others. Talk about getting creative.
- First Responders Course – This is a yearlong course, then a year of volunteering and students must apply to be part of FSU’s Emergency First Aid unit. Imagine being able to save a life.
And Athletics… There are also quite a few classes that are both fun to take, will force you to exercise and are for credit. Check out classes like:
- Aerobic Conditioning
- Basic Weight Training
- Indoor Tennis
Electives often fill quickly so make a list of the top few electives you would like to take including the course code. This allows for quick searching on the day and time registration opens. As with any class, it is a good idea to check out the professors beforehand. Some electives that include materials will cost money to participate.
There are always CLEP exams too. These aren’t necessarily easy, but they can bring students that much closer to graduation without taking an actual class. Basically, CLEP exams allow students to receive college credit for what you already know by earning qualifying scores on any of the many examinations. It is brilliant, really.