OT: Easiest class at U-M?

Submitted by BTB grad on April 7th, 2016 at 5:04 PM

So I and many others will be registering for senior fall semester classes this week. I was wondering what mgobloggers thought the easiest class was in their time at Michigan, because who doesn't want a senior year that involves less studying and more Dominick's and Charley's?


kevin holt

April 7th, 2016 at 10:38 PM ^

My intro to poetry prof was so insane that I failed. On papers I tried regurgitating his crackpot theories which basically backfired because I wasn't on peyote. Will Campbell was in that class though. And maybe Jeremy Jackson? They didn't seem to get it either.

Seriously I can't even describe the insane theories he was spouting and I should have documented it more so I could contest my grade.


April 8th, 2016 at 11:38 AM ^

Poetry classes should actually be difficult, because the class should require analysis (of the text), snynthesis (of secondary sources, socio-political climate when the poem was written), and the ability to write about all of it. 

There were tons of like one credit mini-classes, like Rocks for Jocks, where you just had a multiple choice test that was basically just memorizing a bunch of stuff. Intro PSYCH was pretty much like that, as was ECON (although the questions in ECON were hard). 


April 7th, 2016 at 5:11 PM ^

Not sure if this still exists or not but my senior year I took "Sports in Society".

It was a history of sports in the late 1800s/early 1900s. It was me and a ton of athletes.

Not only did I take it pass/fail, but your grade was based on a single paper that you could rewrite as many times as you wanted if you weren't happy with your grade.

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April 7th, 2016 at 5:12 PM ^

History of college athletics with Bacon is interesting and easy. It's through the school of Ed. Also recommend asking advisor about online classes and look at RC classes. -2016 senior graduating in 23 days :(. Enjoy senior year. Real upset I'm missing this upcoming football season on campus. Going to be fun for you.


April 7th, 2016 at 5:14 PM ^

Math of Games (although its a 300 level class you play games all day, attendance was 80% and one test was 20%... the test was whether or not you showed up that day)

Everyday phsycis - another class that had an attendance portion of grading but actually was interesting and now I can change electrical outlets without too much fear.... 

The History of U of M that Bacon teaches is pretty good, but I wouldn't classify it as easy as the others, but still an easy and great class. 


April 7th, 2016 at 5:17 PM ^

I always say an easy class isn't just a class with a small workload, it's a class with a small workload that you're interested in. You can take the "easiest" class at this university, but if you find it boring each homework assignment is going to be a pain in the ass. I try to balance easiness with some level of interest. 

To that end, I always liked psych and soc classes. Below the 300 level none are really that tough. Creative writing (English 223) is similar if you're into that. Any of the project community classes (in the soc and psych depts) are great if you want to do some volunteering and get credit for it.


April 7th, 2016 at 9:29 PM ^

I took Statistics for non business majors and aced it. Sat next to a babe all year, which made the class really enjoying.

We took Economics for non business majors, too, just by coincidence. Great professor - I learned so much. I was during the early 80's and we followed the price of gold all semester.

Perkis-Size Me

April 7th, 2016 at 5:20 PM ^

I've heard Anthro 101 is a joke. Never took it but that's what I heard.

Also took a few GeoSci minicourses my junior year. I think GeoSci 101 or 102. Stupid easy, but they were actually very interesting classes and I enjoyed the classes.

Also, if you're a sports nut, Bacon's class, Ed 212, is stupid easy. He makes you work, and that might be something you're adverse to, but they're actually fun assignments. I loved my writing assignment since he basically lets you pick what you want to write about, as long as it's not the Fab Five. For the rest of the time, you basically come to class and get to watch Big Ten Icons every other week, and listen to him lecture the other weeks.

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April 7th, 2016 at 7:03 PM ^

Was eeeeeeaaaaasy, at least it was back in the early 2000s. I still remember being assigned a paper where the topic was to observe and describe some relatively common occurrence from an anthropologist's unbiased perspective. I wrote about playing pickup basketball at the IM building. Boom. Nailed it.