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Old 03-02-08, 02:52 PM
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Your most useful college class?

Of all the college courses you may have taken, which do you feel has been the most useful in your post-graduation life?
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Old 03-02-08, 03:04 PM
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Haven't graduated yet, but I can already tell that my snowboarding p.e. class will be the most useful.
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Old 03-02-08, 03:32 PM
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Comp 1 & Comp 2.

Also, probably, the most boring.
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so far, nothing too memorable... :\

finance was good, i guess.
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Old 03-02-08, 03:54 PM
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One of my philosophy classes was pretty useful. It was one of those "if A = C and D is greater than A then D is also greater than D" type classes. There were much more complicated lessons obviously, but it really got me to start thinking in a much more processed and logical manner. Sometimes it isn't about what we know, but more about what we don't know. It helps you become a much more persuasive person.

Then a lot of my economic theory classes about how individuals act in relationship to one another was very useful. By this I mean, economics defines individuals as rational self interested utility maximizers. They think everyone is out there for themselves, and no one else. My theory class was then about explaining why a human would help another human. It was all very interesting stuff. This was also another helpful class in that when you can begin to think about other peoples wants and desires then you can begin to see things in a new light. You could use this knowledge to, again, be more persuasive to get what you want while making sure to give them what they want. You could also use this type of logic to understand where you fit into the equation and how to better the lives of yourself and everyone else. It's all very interesting discussion. Perhaps the best thing to do for yourself at this moment isn't what you want to do.

If you ask me, a lot of the most useful classes are the more obscure courses. Physics, mathematics, history, political science, and english composition type classes are great for becoming more learned in those topics, but they can be hard to apply outside of their realms. Understanding how to calculate the frictional coefficient of a 10 gram aluminum block sliding down a 24.5 degree incline ramp tied to a 7 gram counterweight won't do much to help you compose an essay on womens fashion of the 1930's. I say try to get into the theory classes that try to teach you to think in different logics other than you're own. You'll be much more enlightened, open minded, and useful in the real world if you can do that.

Ever heard of thinking outside the box?
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Old 03-02-08, 04:03 PM
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Economics and Psychology. And I took Engineering
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Haven't graduated yet either, but the most useful would be the two research classes I've taken (am taking one now, actually), because I want to do research as a job.
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Yoga (had to take it for phys ed credit). To a college guy, any class that ended with pairing up for massages was OK with me!
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I really liked the Economics/Finance courses but for personal usefulness, it's Nutrition.
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From Biz school- Organizational behavior. We learned all about managing perceptions, building coalitions, etc.. cool real world stuff.

Music school- Theory (I guess Id have to say the last one) In my music, it comes in handy all the time.
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Experimental Methods in Psychology. It certainly doesn't sound like an exciting class (it wasn't), but what it did was engage me in the exercise of considering what constituted valid experimental design. It helped me to notice that a lot of what passes for "scientific proof" in disciplines like Psychology and Sociology (and even some in other sciences), politics and advertising, needs to be taken with at least a grain of salt. The class has helped me to be a more critical consumer, and was a major upgrade to my BS detector.

Close 2nd was English Composition.

Least useful - Intro to Philisophy (I understood it better before the class then after), archery (at least it was fun), English History (but again - it was entertaining).
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Algorithm Design and Analysis.

Typical problem:

You are given an unordered set of coordinates which, when plotted form a regular k-gon (like k=3 = equilateral triangle, k=4 = square, etc).
You have to design an algorithm which will plot the regular k-gon in O(n) time. (linear) and prove that it is correct.

This one was actually pretty easy compared to most.
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Originally Posted by permanentjaun View Post
One of my philosophy classes was pretty useful. It was one of those "if A = C and D is greater than A then D is also greater than D" type classes. There were much more complicated lessons obviously, but it really got me to start thinking in a much more processed and logical manner.
+1 - I remember taking a philosophy class like that and learning about modus-ponens and modus-tullens, etc. Probably one of the more memorable classes from my college days. It served as a really good lead-in to my comp-sci classes.
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I have over 200 semester hrs. And the winner. Economics. Even more specifically, supply and demand, diminishing returns, and opportunity costs. Explains 99% of everything in life.
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Critical Thinking.

Every college undergrad should be required to take a class on critical thinking or formal logic.
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Advanced topics in political science. Basically we just picked a topic and wrote a publication quality article on it. Taught me better research, time management, and writing skills.
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Cutural Anthropology was a course I took that really helped a great deal in business. If you think about it, all businesses have a culture - and the better you can understand that culture, the better you will do.
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Yay for the philosophers.
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Hmm... either Mechanism Design or Thermodynamics.
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