Last Updated: August 29, 2013
by Andrea Cerny
Maybe this is your first semester of college, or maybe you’re about to begin your senior year. Here are five classes we think are important for every college student to take at some point in their four years. These courses will help you develop desirable job skills and create unique experiences you may not have once you graduate.
Many students do not consider advanced math to be relevant to their life outside of school. Even if you’re not planning on pursuing a math- or science-related degree, quantitative reasoning skills are important to have in the real world. Taking some sort of advanced math or logic class will provide you with some much-envied business skills as well increase your critical thinking skills.
No matter what your intended major, most universities offer internship opportunities during regular and summer sessions that will count towards course credit. These jobs may not pay much, if at all, but they look great on a resume and you can gain some really valuable skills to enter the workforce. Remember that you don’t necessarily have to take an internship in your field—use this time to help you decide what you want to accomplish while you’re in college and then what you want to accomplish with your degree.
3. Intro to Communication and Interpersonal Communication
It is surprising how little many college graduates actually understand about human communication. Communication is much more than simply talking; it is the exchange of information. Not only will students learn how to prepare speeches and presentations in an introductory class, but an Interpersonal Communication course will teach students how to interact with each other and achieve positive results.
4. Any Programming Language
In many ways, we are a generation with an advantage because we were raised in a world with PCs and the internet. Even smartphones are getting old now. Most people know how to use technology, so you can’t get away with listing “Microsoft Word” as a special skill on your resume anymore. But there is currently a shortage of people who know how to make and manipulate technology. Learning a programming language, whether it’s C, JAVA, Python, or PHP, will put you at a competitive advantage when it comes to the job hunt.
5. Intro to Philosophy
It is sometimes a joke that when students do not know what to study in college, they head for philosophy. There are actually plenty of advantages to taking a philosophy course. They teach critical thinking skills as well as how to form a coherent argument. Philosophy courses also encourage students to use logic to solve problems. Thinking outside the box is a skill that will prove useful no matter what your future holds.
These courses may be especially helpful, even for students who do not know what to study in college. Each of these classes will provide inspiration and critical thinking every college graduate should leave school with.Image source: optometry.nsuok.edu
Original Post Date: August 29th, 2013