What was your favorite college course you have taken?

  • metta

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    Aug 04, 2017 4:41 PM GMT
    What was your favorite college course you have taken?
  • metta

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    Aug 04, 2017 5:34 PM GMT
    For me it was Humanities. I didn't realize that I was going to learn so much about the World and myself in one course. It forever changed how I look at things.
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    Aug 04, 2017 10:43 PM GMT
    My TV and Radio Production classes. Just fun and a wonderful chance to be creative, and at times outrageous & silly, what I love best.

    The Broadcasting courses were consolidated under something called TELERAD (television and radio). All semester long you worked to produce radio & TV programs that would be featured during a week of shows at end of semester. These were voted upon by the students, with trophy awards given at a dinner, like the Emmys.

    But what was really unique was that TELERAD was run by the students themselves, with Professor oversight. And the Board, headed by a student Executive Director, was elected by the students themselves. I was repeatedly chosen as the Executive Director for 2 years, almost the entire time I was in that program. And I won awards for writing, producing, directing. I think maybe even for some stupid acting I did.

    I just found it easy. But it was a cutthroat career field, and that scared me. I can be a soldier, but I'm not a vicious killer. There is a difference.

    Nor can I throw co-workers under the bus to promote myself. Throw them or they throw you. Rather, I advance on my own talent and merit, not by stepping over bodies.

    And so I returned to the Army. Which can be a surprisingly humane and orderly environment, until we face the real enemy. Still, I miss broadcasting, and throughout my life I've often returned to it briefly, to dabble in radio and do other voice work.
  • Happenis

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    Aug 05, 2017 2:15 AM GMT
    I have the following degrees so I've taken a WIDE variety of courses:
    - Associate Degree in Accounting.
    - Bachelors Degree in International Trade
    - Masters Degree in HR Management

    My favorite classes were mainly my geography/earth science type classes:
    - Meteorology
    - Nutrition
    - Human Resources 101
    - Geography of Development
    - Intermediate French
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    Aug 05, 2017 2:57 AM GMT
    Happenis said
    My favorite classes were mainly my geography/earth science type classes:
    - Meteorology
    - Nutrition
    - Human Resources 101
    - Geography of Development
    - Intermediate French

    I'm not sure what Nutrition, Human Resources 101, and Intermediate French have to do with geography/earth sciences.

    BTW, I taught map reading in college. Sorta related to geography. I was surprised how many students were completely puzzled by a map. It might as well have been in Chinese.

    Whereas I can read a map as easily as a newspaper. Always could from childhood. I think it may have to do with spacial relationships or something, I dunno.
  • Roel_london

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    Aug 05, 2017 11:41 AM GMT
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    Aug 05, 2017 2:38 PM GMT
    Can't decide between two MBA courses: Managing Legal Risk and Behaviorial and Experimental Finance
  • Destinharbor

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    Aug 05, 2017 5:01 PM GMT
    Art history. I was majoring in Economic Theory and loved settling in for a two hour lecture that covered art, architecture, some philosophy and history twice/week. Can't beat learning for no purpose but personal pleasure.
  • bro4bro

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    Aug 05, 2017 5:56 PM GMT
    Last semester of undergrad, I took Geography of Wine. We learned about wine producing regions of the world, and then tasted a few.
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    Aug 05, 2017 6:17 PM GMT
    Hmmmm, for BA in English, i really enjoyed 20th century American Literature, Chaucer, and African American Literature. Literature of the South was good too.

    For MS in National Security Studies, Philosophy of National Security, Forecasting Terrorism, and Regional Security Issues.
  • Apparition

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    Aug 05, 2017 6:55 PM GMT
    vector calculus
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    Aug 05, 2017 8:10 PM GMT
    My favorite college courses I have taken would be (1 The History of Opera and Classical Theater with Gabriela Roepke (a review of the history of theater and opera from the Roman Empire to the present), (2 Acting with Kay Walker Castaldo (a real genius director for the operatic stage), and (3 Opera Workshop (early opera, Baroque, Classical and modern works with a cast of young, eager singers).

    I could not narrow my choice to just one!!!!!
  • MuchoMasQueMu...

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    Aug 06, 2017 1:00 AM GMT
    Critical Thinking and anything related to Spanish language which was my major.

    They should teach critical thinking in grammar school as far as I'm concerned. It seems rather obvious but the moment I learned how to identify someone's obvious fallacious argumentative style and ad hominem attacks staying on point became a breeze and helped me gain a ton of confidence whenever I get into a debate with someone.
  • metta

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    Aug 06, 2017 3:23 AM GMT
    bro4bro saidLast semester of undergrad, I took Geography of Wine. We learned about wine producing regions of the world, and then tasted a few.


    My very last quarter I took a wine tasting (non-credit)class to force me to have fun while I was taking so many other classes and working. I was taking 20 other units. It was fun to try with various foods and see how it changed it. I don't drink anything anymore though.
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    Aug 06, 2017 4:13 AM GMT
    English literature 20th century
    German cinema
    American films musicals
    French language and cultures
    Italian studies / Federico Fellini (film director)
    Gay Queer Homocinema studies
    Shakespeare best selected works
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    Aug 06, 2017 4:46 PM GMT
    My favourite was Organisational Behaviour.
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    Aug 06, 2017 4:47 PM GMT
    Electric arc and acetylene gas welding.
  • Destinharbor

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    Aug 06, 2017 5:58 PM GMT
    Also loved pre-revolution Russian history. First courses I'd taken outside traditional western culture. Taught me to respect the cultural antecedents of other historical arcs.
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    Aug 07, 2017 3:40 AM GMT
    I wouldn't say co op was my favorite class, but it probably was the most effective and useful after graduation

    I looked at my old transcripts, looks like a got a "B" in this real world working class, today I believe this is now called internship



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    Jan 06, 2018 10:40 PM GMT
    I'm still finishing my undergraduate studies. My favorite course so far was Artificial Intelligence.

    Although it was pretty introductory, it gave me an overview of how AI evolved (good old-fashioned AI, machine learning and deep learning), and the different types of AI (supervised, unsupervised, reinforced). It also showed me how continuous mathematics could be very useful when combined with computer science (which was mostly based on discrete mathematics before taking this course).

    Machine learning and deep learning were the subjects in this course I enjoyed the most. I just find it impressive that a software is able to discover features given a training data set, and to make a conclusion about a new sample based on what it has learned. But more impressively, that humans thought of those AI architectures. I'm planning to do a technical research paper on deep learning architectures in my next semester.
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    Jan 06, 2018 11:51 PM GMT
    I took an elective class called "Personal Finance" that was taught by a certified financial planner. I really enjoyed the course, and over the course of my life, probably got more mileage out of that class than any of the others I took.
  • barefootlover

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    Jan 07, 2018 1:32 AM GMT
    Speech. But we did not have any internet or power point. I'm from the stone age. lol We used eraser boards and printed outlines. And I typed everything on a typewriter. Schools and colleges are so different today and textbooks are not even being used anymore in many schoolsand colleges today. Neenah converted to full digital last year and got rid of all their textbooks.
  • barefootlover

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    Jan 07, 2018 1:39 AM GMT
    Psychology was a fun class. We got to watch movies from the clicking round film strip reels. I told you I am from the stone age. lol And our driver ed gruesome accident movies in high school were also shown from the round film strip reels. lol Hey, we even had manual typewriters in our typewriter class in high school and we had pay phones in the hallway.
  • mybud

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    Jan 07, 2018 1:42 AM GMT
    wynn saidI'm still finishing my undergraduate studies. My favorite course so far was Artificial Intelligence.

    Although it was pretty introductory, it gave me an overview of how AI evolved (good old-fashioned AI, machine learning and deep learning), and the different types of AI (supervised, unsupervised, reinforced). It also showed me how continuous mathematics could be very useful when combined with computer science (which was mostly based on discrete mathematics before taking this course).

    Machine learning and deep learning were the subjects in this course I enjoyed the most. I just find it impressive that a software is able to discover features given a training data set, and to make a conclusion about a new sample based on what it has learned. But more impressively, that humans thought of those AI architectures. I'm planning to do a technical research paper on deep learning architectures in my next semester.
    I feel like an idolit savant compared to this guy...Congrats bro
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    Jan 07, 2018 2:24 AM GMT
    barefootlover saidSpeech. But we did not have any internet or power point. I'm from the stone age. lol We used eraser boards and printed outlines. And I typed everything on a typewriter. Schools and colleges are so different today and textbooks are not even being used anymore in many schoolsand colleges today. Neenah converted to full digital last year and got rid of all their textbooks.

    Hahaha! That seems to be very accurate from what I've seen. Textbooks seem to be optional, the material is provided in PDF documents for us with PowerPoint presentations and additional online resources. I am graduating this year and I did not purchase a single textbook in my entire degree (not sure if that's normal).


    mybud said
    wynn saidI'm still finishing my undergraduate studies. My favorite course so far was Artificial Intelligence.

    Although it was pretty introductory, it gave me an overview of how AI evolved (good old-fashioned AI, machine learning and deep learning), and the different types of AI (supervised, unsupervised, reinforced). It also showed me how continuous mathematics could be very useful when combined with computer science (which was mostly based on discrete mathematics before taking this course).

    Machine learning and deep learning were the subjects in this course I enjoyed the most. I just find it impressive that a software is able to discover features given a training data set, and to make a conclusion about a new sample based on what it has learned. But more impressively, that humans thought of those AI architectures. I'm planning to do a technical research paper on deep learning architectures in my next semester.
    I feel like an idolit savant compared to this guy...Congrats bro

    Thanks! We all have our strengths. Reading the above posts amazes me! So many talented people. It makes me want to be more multidisciplinary and combine many disciplines in a single project.