Easiest Class at U-M?

Submitted by Ellerbe is Yoda on February 8th, 2010 at 7:08 PM

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.



February 8th, 2010 at 10:38 PM ^

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.


February 9th, 2010 at 1:12 AM ^

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.

Ron Swanson

February 8th, 2010 at 7:12 PM ^

Any of my classes this semester:
Biology of sex (Bio 116)
Evolution of life (Bio 107)
Microbial World (Env 175)
Musicology 122

I love being a senior done w/ my major.


February 8th, 2010 at 7:14 PM ^

Then the conversation starts and ends with "Aids and other infectious diseases" or something similarly named.

This is beyond debate, friends.


February 8th, 2010 at 7:15 PM ^

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.


February 8th, 2010 at 7:21 PM ^

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

Tshimanga Cowabunga

February 8th, 2010 at 7:18 PM ^

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.


February 8th, 2010 at 10:25 PM ^

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:



February 8th, 2010 at 10:41 PM ^

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.


February 8th, 2010 at 7:19 PM ^

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.

Michigan Arrogance

February 8th, 2010 at 7:22 PM ^

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


February 9th, 2010 at 7:36 AM ^

"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.


February 8th, 2010 at 8:52 PM ^

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.


February 8th, 2010 at 7:32 PM ^

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.

a non emu

February 8th, 2010 at 7:49 PM ^

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 :)


February 9th, 2010 at 10:25 AM ^

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.

Bando Calrissian

February 8th, 2010 at 8:04 PM ^

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.