In honor of the topic below... what does everyone think about this topic? I'd say my easiest class was Marriage & the Family (it was a Soc class, I don't remember the number) or the 1 credit Geosci class I took Senior year to get to 120 credits.
Easiest Class at U-M?
That was the 1 credit Geosci class I took senior year to get to 120... however it was not the easiest class I had.
I'm gonna go with Linguistics 111.
Something about different "eras"- i.e. Mesozoic, Paleozoic, etc etc. It was a 30 question multiple choice final and that's it.
I needed one last credit to graduate, so I was looking for the easiest class I could find. I took Communications 111- Introduction to the Computer. At the time I was working at Circuit City, and had worked for 3 years at Ulrich's Electronics. I had also built my own computer, so I figured it was an easy A. I was correct. The first day was geared towards teaching you how to create a folder and upload content via FTP to your University account.
I did the same thing except for engineering you need 128 credits. I took GEOSCI 114 - Coral Reefs and 115 - Global Warming.
I took Coral Reefs during an otherwise-nightmarish semester, and I don't think I attended even once. I'm pretty sure I didn't, in fact - because I didn't find out about the weekly quizzes worth (cumulatively) 10 or 15% of the grade, until I was trying desperately to print the slides off CourseTools the night before the final.
Anyway, 3 or 4 hours with the .ppt's, and I aced the shit out of that exam.
Any of my classes this semester:
Biology of sex (Bio 116)
Evolution of life (Bio 107)
Microbial World (Env 175)
I love being a senior done w/ my major.
I bet you like drinking on sunday nights too?
Linguistics 111 was a breeze, as was psych 111. Classic civ, on the other hand, was a bitch.
ClCiv 102 was the easiest class I've taken at the U outside of Orgo I lab with Dr. Nolta.
CLCIV102 was easy, but the biggest joke ever is CLCIV372 Sport and Daily Life in Ancient Rome. Didn't do any readings, stopped going to lecture. A+.
To any future engineers, I strongly recommend taking this as your sequence. Both of these classes were a breeze.
Jim Carty, is that you? Just kidding, never took it but heard the same. Although people seemed to like it.
I'm talking it right now and it's such a joke
Anthro 101 immediately came to mind when I saw the topic.
Especially if you're taking it with Fricke. The man's amazing to listen to but his class is a bit of a joke considering he'll give you the questions on the exam if you just ask.
Then the conversation starts and ends with "Aids and other infectious diseases" or something similarly named.
This is beyond debate, friends.
It was almost impossible to not get an A.
I had Psych 401 with John Hagen. It was as easy as that whole Ann Arbor News "bombshell" would lead you to believe any class with Hagen was.
Party time for a science major. My B School wannabe friends hated it.
What class is Econ 201?
Also, if that is 102, that class isn't too hard, but it is in no way the easiest class at the university.
If anyone's taken the RA class (Psych 405, I think), you sit around and talk about diversity for like 2 hours a week. Probably the easiest thing I've taken
Econ 201 was "Intro to Micro Economics" back in the mid 80's. Required class for Econ majors and B-School applicants.
For soc 390 it was a 3 credit pass/fail course that simply called for 40 hours of community service with a majority of it at a specified sight plus a paper at the end. Easy 3 credit class.
Intro to comparative politics involved the professor reading directly off his lecture slides that were posted online. I didn't get many A's in college but I got one in PoliSci 140 without going to class more than 3 times.
...with Ron Inglehart in the Natural Science Auditorium? It was 9-10 am MWF when I took it--it was always super dark and his voice is super calm and narrator-like. It was impossible to stay awake!
I took it with goldman or golder (pretty sad I can't remember his name since I had two classes with him). He did speak always speak very highly of Inglehart tho and I missed not having a class with im as I hear he was a great professor
I took another class with Inglehart--an Honors seminar on modernization, cultural change and democracy (I wasn't in the Honors college but somehow got an override into his class.)
His theory of cultural modernization and democratization/World Values Survey is actually super famous and really interesting. You should check it out if you have some extra time:
Thanks I'll check it out seeing as I have plenty of extra time on my hands
I had Inglehart for PS 140. Brilliant man, but the combination of his voice and the early hour made me pass out too.
I had Inglehart for PoliSci 140 in like 2003. DAMN I'm old...
And yeah, he was sleep-inducing back then as well.
I forget who I took the class with, I think Inglehart, but the guy stood up on the desk and made Japanese dive bomber noises at some point and then faked flying around the room for like 10 minutes.
Pass/Fail and I tutored for 3 hours a week at Community High School. I was in the student lounge the entire time, and played euchre with students all the time. There were a couple of girls who would flirt with me the entire time I was there, but I didn't desire to spend the next 20 years of my life back in Jackson.
Armenian Studies (AAPTIS) 274 with Kevork Bardakjian and NERS 211 with Ronald Fleming. For AAPTIS 274, all you had to do was write two papers, regardless of quality, and you were guaranteed an A. You didn't even have to show up to class. Same with NERS 211, except there were two exams instead of two papers, one of which was a take-home.
Sports and Daily Life in Ancient Rome. You study for definitions like it's a 7th grade social studies class.
I had problems with 7th grade social studies. Prolly cuz my teacher was a huge doucher tho. I think.
my wife took the AIDS class and she said it was a joke.
I took several that were fairly easy:
Sports & life in Ancient Rome
I thought Physics 242 (the precursor to the 340-390 sequence) wasn't that bad. modern physics, basically.
Math 417 (linear algebra) was flat-out cake.
Math 451 (MultiVar Calc) was also cake.
Anthro 101 was also easy
I took the Amcult Aids in America class as well. Interesting class and really really easy.
Nerd Alert. Yeah, those 400 level U of M math classes are soooo easy...
"Easiest" is dependent on the eyes of the beholder, right?
I, too, thought Math 417 was relatively easy. Basically, you solved for variables of a sequence of equations. In mathematics, this is about as strait forward as it gets. If Math is your thing, this is probably one of the easiest on the campus.
However, I didn't offer it up in this thread as I know there were people in the class who thought it was complicated.
I have to agree. I don't recall doing too much for Physics242, and I also thought Math451 was pretty easy.
One of my hallmates was in the same physics class, though, and I don't think he thought it was too easy. And I didn't know too many (read: any) other engineers who took more math than they had to.
But, I like physics and math.
Criminology... But that may have something to do with my mind.
Any seminars, psych classes, attics (cultural) in poland or something similar..
I forget the number, but it was the Psych Peer Advising practicum. Most of the responsibilities involved sitting at a desk and giving students common-sense scheduling advice. Then we got to meet as a group and talk about how we made a difference. Awesome.
Public speaking was a very easy class but it was also one of the most useful.
I miss college.
Come take my Chem 463 exam for me tomorrow night then
this is the easy class thread. Chem 463 is way beyond me haha
Took that class after being anally raped by EECS grad classes for 3 semesters. I had a job, I had a TA, I sure as hell wasn't going to put myself through 80 hrs/week EECS torture sessions. Best decision ever. One hour of work per for 3 credits and an A :)
Is that Science & Technology Policy with Jim Duderstadt and Homer Neal? That class was super easy and pretty interesting.
Yup. That was the "Dude" class. Good times :) Apparently you can take the class TWICE for credit. I didn't know this when I started grad school. Could have used an additional GPA boost from this class.
That class was great. I would always make note of it in interviews and talk about seeing the bigger picture and use some paper or one of the few lectures attended to make points. I liked how they would make an effort to put everything online so you didn't have to show up at 8am. Def one of the best classes as far as input and result.
REES ?490?- Rock Kills Communism
1-credit mini-course on Polish rock music in the 1970's and 1980's as it related to anti-communism and youth culture. Totally awesome class. Piotr Westwalewicz got in front of the class the first day and said "This is the easiest and the most fun class you will take at the University of Michigan. And I am proud to give it to you."
We had to download 4 CD's of music to listen to, and I still listen to them a lot to this day. Best course I took at Michigan.
Phil 180, you learn the names of some argument forms and how to calculate simple probability. Everything is online. You shouldn't have to put in more than 20 minutes a week (attending lectures included) to get an A.
Since I double posted here's a shout out to the Water and Society minicourse. I went to precisely one class, studied the notes for a few hours before the exam and got an A.
One vote for Anthro 101
AOSS 101....because not only was it easy, but you also could say you're taking rocket science.
Just took this class last semester. You never ever have to go to class, everything is online, and the answers to the HW can all be found on google and its worth 40% of your grade. By far the easiest class I've taken.
CAAS 200, it was so easy I spent probably 20 minutes studying the entire semester. Open notes tests and exam questions provided beforehand.
Engin 110 was really easy. You just show up to class and do some easy homework.
Don't remember the #, since it was 25 years ago! But my girlfriend (now wife) took it to get her last science credit.
I wrote the book on easy classes (truly, I wrote a guide at one point).
Among others, I took:
-Exploring your Major
-Exploring Ann Arbor
-Lord of the Rings
-Ice Ages Past and Present
-Waves and Beaches
-Philosophy of Movies
-Archaelogical Frauds (three weeks on aliens/UFOs. Seriously.)
Of those, Exploring your Major and Exploring Ann Arbor were probably the easiest (thank you Lloyd Hall Scholars Program). The respective finals for these courses involved telling the class what major we were interested in, and walking to Stucci's for ice cream.
Haha, I think you win. I should have taken "Exploring Your Major" lol :-P
I'm not making this up. I'm at one of the top learning institutions in the world taking a class that a 5th grader could get an A in.
I am not sure if they still have the class, but Russia Today was a blast, and the easiest A out there. It also qualified for the Race or Ethnicity requirement (not sure if they still have that requirement). My buddy and I used to take turns going. Even though his notes consisted mostly of scribbles with the pen sliding off the paper, only to be blurred by the drool from him asleep face down on the notebook, we still both aced it. If you actually listened to the lecture, it was pretty cool, but.....I had better things to do.
Ahh, the good times.
I took this class with prof. Makin in Spring '08. I guess it would pretty easy if I had taken it during a normal semester, but taking an upper level writing class with tons of reading during the spring is not my idea of fun. Spring in Ann Arbor is way too nice to waste on learning.
go to class, sit on facebook (bc it's laptop based), get an A
and for any ME's, ME 311 was so so easy
I took Comp Lit 240, and you got to pick your own grade (!!) Seriously, I showed up to the first class and like none others, and got a 4.0. I know people who didn't write any papers and still got the 4.0. Ridiculous.
If you have read your Michigan Football textbooks as faithfully as you read MGoBlog, then History of College Athletics with John U Bacon is a walk in the park. I don't think I really learned anything at all in the class, and when we were asked to write a paper I walked down to Yost and interviewed the hockey coaches. Looked forward to going to every single class.
History of College Athletics was a great course but I feel it is only easy to those who are as obsessed with sports as the MGoBlog community. If you didn't put in the required work you weren't going to get an A.
I took both courses Bacon taught at Michigan, spent a lot of time in Office Hours, etc. etc.
If you didn't learn anything in that class, you obviously weren't paying attention. I'd read every book he assigned about Michigan sports (and a lot he didn't), and there was still TONS of stuff I didn't know.
Fundamentals of Math or whatever it was MA131 my only math credit needed for my PoliSci Comm double major. I read Vonnegut the whole time and smashed it with an A+. AP calc as a senior in HS Math fundamentals for my college requirement. Beautiful.
This is two threads in a row, dude. The internet is not that anomalous. Lock it up.
Anyway, I also noticed that you and the other double-poster in the "hardest class" thread both happen to have misleading avatars because his is the 'Overrated' O or something like that and you both made me think "ugh, fucking buckeye noobs."
fair. However, I'm not a Buckeye or a noob. and the internet at my work buhlooooows.
With Bruce Confroth is really easy. You have to put with some his BS in regards to not clearly announcing quiz dates, but it's still really easy
Psych 111 and Anthro 101
was the easiest I took. 1 credit, 6 weeks. Met in the Angell Hall planetarium. Great class.
I don't remember exactly what, but my friends in the B school told me about this class in the Education dept. where you basically just edit an education blog each week and answer some kids' questions. The funny thing about it though was that apparently a bunch of students end up using it to flame one another because no one really reads it anyway. Anyone know what I'm talking about?
I took a Psych class called 110 (not the general 111). Marquise Walker was in the class for about 5 days, and it was probably the easiest class I have ever taken.
My two or three easiest so far are Philosopy 202, Econ 101 and General chemistry...wow I don't really like being an engineer. Econ 370 is also pretty easy
You'll love being an engineer after you graduate and start looking for jobs.
I can only hope...most of the guys I know who graduated last year came back for Grad school, no one could get a job. Hopefully its better in a year or two.
Astronomy 101 was a breeze. I added the class 2 weeks into my semester, showed up for my first class only to find it taking a quiz. I took the quiz cold and got an 85%. It got better from there.
1 credit science class. Show up day 1, pick up syllabus, return for final. Have no idea what actually happened in class. If he had changed the date of the final I would have been effed.
Senior year, I also took a film class with a title close to "Modern Horror Films and the Teen Sex Farce". Class essentially divided the semester into two parts, horror and comedy. Watch 1 movie a week at the Michigan Theatre and then write paper on a horror film and a paper on a Teen Sex Farce. The film list included:
The Birds, Alien, Videodrome, the Brood, Porkys, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Animal House, Midnight Summers Wet Dream, MASH, etc.
I don't remember the number, but the class was called "Politics and Culture of the 60s" and was crosslisted in about a dozen different areas.
Anyway, we'd sit in lecture and watch movies, TV shows, and stuff about the 60s (I seem to remember watching some stuff that I see on VH1 Classic now).
Some reading, but not really that much. A couple of papers, but nothing bad.
Do they have this class still? I think it was something like History 286. It was an easy A+ and sure picked up the moral and GPA.
307 or something ... "Conversation Practice" ... 1 CR
Very easy and my instructor was an old-school German metalhead from the 80's. We literally just talked, not even about anything topical.
When I took Mind, Matter, and Machines taught by Eric Lormand there was no attendance, no papers, and no tests. We were "graded" on two 5-minute in class presentations at recitation. Honestly, I have no idea why I got an A- (as opposed to an A, or even a C), but no class I've ever heard of required less effort.
20th century physics (I think it was Phys 109 or something) was also ridiculously easy. 70% of the students were people looking to kill their quantitative reasoning requirement, so if you can do math, you were way ahead of the curve.
Both classes were really interesting, too.
I'd second the earlier vote for Psychology peer counseling. You literally sit in a room and talk about how to give advice, then give said advice to people.
The easiest "real" class I took was Sports and Society. There were no tests. Your grade was based on a term paper that you could rewrite as many times as you wanted. So you'd turn it in, get a B, then rewrite it from there and get an A-, etc. If you did the paper at the beginning of the semester, you could just keep reworking it with the prof. grading it until you get an A.
Intro to Oceanography. The course material wasn't all that easy, but the professor would walk into lecture and look around, and if the lecture hall looked somewhat empty she would have the students pass around a sheet and write down their name and student ID for extra credit points. As this happened approximately 2 out of every 3 lectures for the semester, I got an A+ despite never getting an A on a test. Just goes to show that showing up is sometimes all that matters.
I went to the prof's office hours a third of the way through the course to make sure I hadn't missed any assignments. The only thing we had done up to that point was a one page paper on why you weren't a racist and that wasn't graded.
As it turned out, the only material that was graded was the midterm and the final. There was a lot of reading, but I found it to be interesting.
Of course, I took this class in 1996 so don't get POed at me if things have changed.
Apparently no one here needed a 3 credit cross discipline elective because no one has mentioned IOE 301. Quite possible the easiest class I've ever had, and that includes grade school!
It was so easy that many of us had an actual contest going to see who could spend the least amount of time on the class and still get an A. I didn't win and I totaled to 4.5 hours including exams. Final exam, 35 minutes in, walked down to the front, handed in the exam, and commented to the TA: "I aced this". Some were not amused.
IIRC, someone managed to only put in 3 hours total, all semester and ended up with an A.
For the record, IOEs (at least 4 years ago) didn't take that class. IOE 301 is to IOE what NERS 211 is to NERS. Which means I can only imagine that IOE 301 involved crayons and coloring.
about 90% of the class back then were IOE majors, mostly soph/junior, the other 10% we mostly seniors from other engineering disciplines pissing off the IOE majors by joking how easy it was while destroying their curve.
Some of this stuff is depressing! Not to sound like a dick, but I can't believe some of the crap that passes for higher education. I've had my own stupid fluff class experiences myself. Don't get me wrong: most, if not all colleges, probably have their share of joke courses. It's sad.
Well, it sounds like in a lot of these courses were easy because the expectations were easy--not necessarily because the content was bogus. There might have been a lot to learn, and some students likely did get something out of it. But if it was easy to get a good grade doing less, some students elected to take that route.
I'd be more upset if I thought there were huge numbers of students filling their schedules with courses that expected little of them. But it sounds like these classes tend to be the fillers that students take to get some breathing room during a tough semester. Or on the homestretch to graduation. There's a lot of beer in Ann Arbor, and it's not going to drink itself you know.
The year was 1999; first semester freshman year. Sounded kind of interesting and a couple of kids I knew mentioned it. Went for syllabus day and day two; a "documentary" about big foot was shown. I skipped for a few weeks and my friends mentioned that the midterm was the next day. I skimmed the little text and then sweated. The midterm was was 50 true/false and essay questions about the scientific method. I got 100%, the only one of my collegiate career.
I told all my friends to take it the next semester. The best any of them did was a straight B. They must have ratcheted it up a notch.
Taught by Duderstadt. First day of class, tells everyone if they're looking for a challenge, they should probably drop his class. Went to one class, got an "A". He does not take attendance. Four short assignments. as long as they are handed in, done deal. If he still does this class, highly recommend.
Oceanography. You only need a 50 to pass!
Frauds in Archeology, forget the number though. Super easy, and for bonus points: actually interesting AND fulfilled the R&E requirement.
Shows up on my transcript as "RC 1 DIV 351 - Special Topics". As I recall, you basically wrote a few papers about yourself and shared them with other people in the class. .. and you had to take it pass/fail.
Stats 402, or 405, or one of those that sounds upper level but was actually quite easy. I had to take the final a day early b/c I had a medical school interview. I got an A+ in that class, not an A mind you, an A+ b/c I had 99% overall or something. I think I studied about 20 min the whole semester.
Also, I agree Anthro 101 was easy. I took the midterm still drunk from the night before and got 88% or something, which is about the same proof as the stuff I was drinking the night before.
Is that what Stats 350 is now? You could have your final count for like 90% of your grade.
You are seriously smart. I had to take Stats 402 twice. Miss a class and it started to look like Chinese caligraphy.
i had two finals in one day, and one of them was in IOE 265 (statistics). I pulled an all nighter studying for the other course. Then, in the hour between the two finals, I studied for this course's final. I got a 99%. Easiest class I took since 8th grade.
I can't remember the number, but the course was read a book (or not) and write a paper. You gave yourself a grade at the end. The professor is no longer at M anymore if I remember correctly. Lots of A's in that course.
Brent Petway was in my Musicology 123 class, history of popular music, which I got an A+ in. He rarely showed up, but I assume he still passed. If Brent Petway can do it, you can do it.
Also I missed the first two weeks of intro to astronomy, including the first exam, and I still got an A+. Do that course.
Accounting for non-accounting majors (granted I took it for pass/fail credit).. Somehow I passed even though I knew nothing. Also I took a grad level class that was a general enegineering course about entrepreneurship and that class was also a joke because all of the undergrads (all 3 of us) just pretty much had to show up to class and got an A in a 500 level ENGR class.
Just for taking the non-major accounting class. I, on the other hand, was stupid enough to take the general accounting (known as "weed them out") when I didn't have to, on the advice of a so- called friend. I may well have killed 10 million brain cells trying to keep up with the material on half or less of the time that the accounting geeks were spending per week.
This is an upcoming class, but the German department needs enrollment numbers so they're going to have some 100 or 200 level minicourse on German Beer. Yes, an entire course on beer.
I think they said it will drop the Fall.
First discussion section, the TA says that 30% of our grade would be based on participation...but that she realized some of us were shy so she wouldn't penalize us if we didn't say anything. This was a 300 level class too...
GEO 105: Dinosaurs, was absolutely ridiculous. Beyond easy, but disappointingly, we only talked about glaciers and some earth crust movements. I created a project for that class that looked like it was done by a 4th grader.
Also, AmCult 20-something: History of American Music. Not so much because the class was easy; it was and also very interesting. Moreso because the professor was batshit crazy. She was having nervous breakdowns every other lecture and told us wayyyy too much about her personal life.
At the Law School--Race, Gender, and Affirmative Action.
The name is misleading, you don't learn any employment or education law.
The whole course is a 'justification' for affirmative action programs. On the final you can literally get away with writing things like "racism stains the land it happened on, so even if new people now live there the stain must be cleansed by affirmative action". Full points.
The most easy class in the whole law school. The most easy class in the whole University. No thought or study required at all.
I took acting 102 with Jerry Schwiebert and it was by far the easiest class. We never acted. He taught us how to give foot massages so that we would feel more grounded on stage. It ended up being a massage class designed to help us with how we carried ourselves onstage. Didn't learn a thing about acting, but my wife loves the foot massages.
Now that I think about it, I also played in the Men's Basketball pep band which was a credit. We rarely rehearsed. Sadly it was during the Ellerbee/Amaker years, but we got free Nike clothes and watched the games up close. Not a bad class if you can actually play an instrument. I never did Marching Band because of the time commitment, but auditions for the pep bands are open to anybody. I was at Michigan from 1999-2004 so this might have changed, but they actually paid us $50 per game to play for the women's team.
were Research Methods-SM 349 (especially with Rodney Fort) and of course Basic First Aid-PHYSED 216...doesn't get any easier than that.
Future Worlds, in the Geography Department. What Geography Department, you ask? The one the University shut down in 1981.
The course coordinator, Michael Naimark, who has gone on to some fame as an Internet wise man, was an undergraduate at the time. (The 70s were like that.)
The main requirement of the course was to help build a geodesic dome on the diag in time for Earth Day. I sat in the dome for an hour or two after it was built.
Another requirement was to write a letter to yourself, seal and stamp it, for delivery five years in the future. I was pretty freaked out when an envelope addressed to me in my handwriting containing a blank sheet of paper showed up in my mailbox in 1980.
And for all that, I got an A.
Every day physics 106, don't think twice and it's actually 3 credits.. You feel like you're in 7th grade ..