posted ago by subbookkeeper ago by subbookkeeper +9 / -0

I'm planning to enrol in the cheapest single course of study I can at my college to maintain access to university literature databases.

Is there any single course of study that would actually be useful as a stand alone course?

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coverband 4 points ago +4 / -0

Digital Logic and Circuit Design were the two best.

There's something awesome about taking a two state logic and expanding it to create computers. At the same time you can't ignore the analog world underneath. It ties your math classes to the physical world.

Radios and computers are math machines.

But for those not technical inclined, I would say Accounting.

Understanding personal, business, and government accounting on even an elementary level is a superpower over mere mortals. The ability to read the town budget and say, "There's where the buggers have been giving us the shaft and padding their cronies pockets." can be quite useful when you need them to do their frinkin' job."

rubberbiscuit 3 points ago +4 / -1

Thinking really hard about this and honestly there was not a single college course I ever took that actually I found valuable in real life. There is probably something out there that could be. But, I would sign up for the course that attracts the best looking and based women, and take that, maybe Culinary Arts, Nursing Education 101, something along those lines. May as well increase your odds of finding a spouse.

Hoot 3 points ago +3 / -0

Same. I use literally NOTHING from undergrad or grad school in my work. In my personal life I’ve benefit from an understanding of finance and economics, but the latter will likely be biased brainwashing these days.

GuyWhite 3 points ago +3 / -0

I am so fortunate! My career was directing nuclear reactor testing and I stood behind the Reactor Operator and did really and truly calculus in my head.

I retired in 1995 and now read my class notes that I used to read almost like text, and am amazed by how smart I was.

subbookkeeper [S] 2 points ago +2 / -0

I already have a Spouse but good advice anyway

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HikingPatriot 3 points ago +3 / -0

English 114 Professional Research and Reporting

Completely prepared me for working in the corporate world, having to research various topics related to my field, completing inquiries and investigations and writing the required reports. Also made citing sources a permanent feature in my writings, worked into muscle memory. Eventually nobody ever questioned my reports because they knew the info would be cited effectively.

GuyWhite 3 points ago +3 / -0

Some computer program class. Back in my day Lotus.

I too took irregular classes to maintain my student perqs, cheap tickets to theater and concerts.

TrueRealist 2 points ago +2 / -0

Well....cheating a bit, but a collection of courses on Java. Java was my first "real" programming language and those courses helped me to understand the concepts behind programming ie. polymorphism, inheritance, encapsulation.

LesboPregnancyScare 2 points ago +2 / -0

no, nothing really. A finite element modeling and engineering design course, but that was not a stand alone course, it was built on others.

I would say the best is networking with others who could help you in your studies and/or career.

ApparentlyImAHeretic 1 point ago +1 / -0

Intro to javascript, or python. Even if you aren't doing web dev, the ability to write scripts is a great tool to have in your belt.

CookiesNCream 1 point ago +1 / -0

I took History of Rock and Roll - it was awesome and counted as a history credit that I needed. We learned about Little Richard, Elvis to Metallica.

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CensoredCitizen 1 point ago +1 / -0

Combinatorics, i.e., counting things. First course usually is called discrete math.

Wolf_22 1 point ago +1 / -0

60s History, hands down, but bear in mind that I had a fantastic teacher, too. Before I knew anything about the 60s, I hated the idea of it. Bell bottoms, sucky music, morons who smoked dope... None of it sounded appealing to me. But my professor turned it all around and proved to me just how little I understood about it. I was actually sad when I finished the course.

zeppelincheetah 1 point ago +1 / -0

I randomly took a course on the evolution of Dinosaurs and loved it. I also really liked World Geography, Economic Geography, Western Civ and the history of Music. Edit: I should say that this was 15 years ago. So no idea how woke things have now become.

NOT_ADMIN 1 point ago +1 / -0

Really depends on the teacher and course they make. Mine was english. Lol. The teacher was based but came off as liberal. He taught the class how to think for themselves, that was his course. He would often lay traps, for example, have them read a article on seismic, then have them read a clearly sexist article but written by a female. He then discusses woth the class what they thought of the article. People would say its great, I told the class it was clearly sexist and explained why, they then would agree. He showed the class over and over that if they just play it safe and agree it would be a trap and to figure out their own opinion.

Tokyo20DrinkingGame 1 point ago +1 / -0

I can't remember the title of the class (Media Ethics or something), but it was a critical thinking class about the roles and responsibilities of media. It was taught by a based black guy named Darryl and it blew my fuckin mind because it really lifted the wool off my eyes to see how much propaganda and incestuous conflicts of interest there were.

All of my film classes were excellent because so much of it was hands on and collaborative and fun. And the history of cinema is fascinating, especially the techniques used in the early 1900s. There was something pure about it in that era, that anybody can create or participate in filmmaking. And weirdly, film classes teach you planning, task management, psychology, how to get over fear of failure and humbling yourself when successful, and a host of other life experiences.

SlickMahony 1 point ago +1 / -0

Cryptography or Algorithms. Just some real math fun. Nothing you couldn't learn on your own but having the class structure around it (homework, tests) made me learn it better because it was more hands on

Graphenium 0 points ago +1 / -1

It depends on what you want out of it

Do you hope to get some mildly useful skill out of the class? Enroll in something like a language class

Do you want to increase your knowledge about a subject you’re interested in but a total beginner? Take a class in that (philosophy, history, film studies etc)

free-will-of-choice -1 points ago +2 / -3

THE'ATER; THE'ATINS, noun - "an order of regular priests in Naples, who have no property (form within flow), nor do they beg (resist temptation of want), but wait for what providence sends them (adherence to flow). They have their name from the chief of the order (the natural order aka flow upon form).

What's suggested on stage (form) is make-believe; but the acting needs to be in adherence to order (flow) to tempt others to consent to ignore reality for fiction. You're surrounded by actors; but suggested entertainment (enter tame mind) corrupts our comprehension of this when we consent to believe it.