Help my students graduate!

Like most faculty I spend a lot of time advising students on how to get a good education at UO. I tell them every educated person needs a basic knowledge of evolution and at least two languages, three if you count BASH scripting. And really, how hard can Math 413 be? It says right in the title it’s just an intro class. Then there’s Econ 427 – you get upper division credit for a course about how to play games. Cake.

But occasionally I am in a more merciful mood, and I wonder what UO’s really easy classes are. So, any suggestions for UO classes that require little work and give easy grades? Extra points if they satisfy the Gen Ed or Multicultural requirements. My students thank you. 11/12/2012.
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22 Responses to Help my students graduate!

  1. Anonymous says:

    1. Math 111- I heard rumors that the class has a high failure rate, personal experience was that the class is extremely easy.

    2. Econ 201/202. An A may require a little work, but getting a B really only requires going to lecture about 75% of the time and listening to said lecture when you do attend.

    3. On a different level, Math 281 for being a second year calculus class, is really relatively easy.

    • Anonymous says:

      Econ? Look elsewhere, my friend. Econ has the lowest grades of any department at the university. Econ 201/202? Only 50 percent get As and Bs.

    • UO Matters says:

      I believe the policy is actually 45%.

    • Anonymous says:

      I was the original anon. With regards to referencing econ 201/202 as easy courses, I am coming from the viewpoint of a physical science major where a good amount of math was already required and from this perspective, econ 201/202 was considered a good value proposition for picking up a gen-ed. Or at least that was my experience and what I gathered from talking with those that I knew in the physical sciences.

  2. Zach says:

    It’s easy to set the curve in the intro Astronomy class, or at least it was 12 years ago…

    Physics of Sound and Music was good too.

  3. Anonymous says:

    OSU has a bowling class. “Fundamentals of the game including etiquette, spot bowling, natural hook and straight ball delivery, scoring, handicap computation, spare pickup, and error correction. Additional fee; equipment supplied. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 11 credits.” Would the credits transfer?

    • UO Matters says:

      UO lets 12 PE credits count towards the 180 needed to graduate, so I don’t see why not. Tough stuff, except for scoring.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Dog says

    I don’t understand why this particular thread has been raised in
    this forum. Seems superfluous.

    On the other hand, if the UO had this

    then you could just look up the answer.

    Doesn’t UOmatters know about the A+ phenomena in Military
    Science Classes?

  5. Anonymous says:

    FHS is a joke. Look there?

  6. roo says:

    Maybe I remember it as easy just because I enjoyed it so much, but was wonderful. was good too – that’s where I learned that “man is truly the ape with the giant penis.”

    I guess it’s easier to remember the good ones than the easy ones.

  7. Anonymous says:

    David Brooks, Op-ed from NYTimes of 3 March 06. Here (and with apologies) abbreviated.

    Eight steps to success at college:

    “Read Reinhold Niebuhr …students would learn that good and evil really do exist, and that it is never easy to know which is which…”
    “Read Plato’s Gorgias …to demonstrate the superiority of philosophy (the search for wisdom and truth) to rhetoric (the art of persuasion).
    “Take a course on ancient Greek history …you’ve got to find your way to learn about history’s heroes, the figures (Pericles, Socrates, Leonidas) who will serve as models to emulate and will provide you with standards to measure your own conduct.”
    “Learn a foreign language…as a way to annex another culture and to discover unseen sides of ourselves.”
    “Spend a year abroad…the transforming experience for students that lasts a lifetime.”
    “Take a course on neuroscience…to know which ideas about human behavior are serious and which are cockamamie”
    “Take statistics…sorry, but you’ll find later in life that it is handy to know what a standard deviation is”
    “Forget about your career for once in your life…escape the enveloping shell that hinders you (students) from seeing the full, rich variety of intellectual and practical opportunities offered by the world”

  8. Angry old lady says:

    Don’t waste your time looking up, checking out, just go ask the football players what classes their taking. Then you’ll have a list of classes that are easy, give grade for showing up and doing minimal work. Asking them will… take you minimal effort, time and maximum success. ;~/

    • Anonymous says:

      I think I remember in old schedules that athletes had closed “Athletes Only” sections of standard classes. I think the excuse was time of day but I always wondered why I could not take that 9AM english/writing class.

  9. Anonymous says:

    How about the SAPP courses or the Weekend courses taught by some unnamed departments?

  10. Anonymous says:

    I, for one, can’t wait until ESPN gets here so we can forget classes and get some real knowledge imparted to us. GO DUCKS!!! << O >>

    • Anonymous says:

      Yeah right. Lee Corso hates the ducks, and don’t even get me started on that Lou Holtz FOOL! << O >>

  11. Anonymous says:

    The Oregon Hall advisors are pushing the underprepared international transfer students to AAD 250 and 251. Easy A&L and IP credits, and if you take them online anyone can do well with a little help from friends.

  12. Anonymous says:

    As an undergrad at the turn of the century, I remember looking up grade distributions online (via the registrar?) for classes. Have things fallen to this degree?

    And don’t say FERPA, since other schools seem to have no problem with this