Some classes help you get better at your job while others help you get better at life. I asked many recent graduates and they all told me that while in college they wish they had taken classes that taught them practical skills. Three years into my undergrad career, I found myself wishing that my college had made some of these classes mandatory. Sure I have a good understanding of my industry but there are also other aspects of life that are just as important.

Here are 4 classes that every college student should take.

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-Finance/ Accounting

I’m a business major so you could say I’m biased but taking a finance course can really help you know the basics of a business.  We all have to deal with our finances at some point in our lives. It is something that we can’t avoid. So having a little bit of knowledge can be tremendously helpful. After taking my finance class, I am now more aware of my finances and know about the basics of investing. These practical skills are a must for everyone.


My business law professor once told me that if one intends to be in the business of selling things, they need to take a psychology or a sociology class. At first, I was confused because I could not see the correlation. But after taking a sociology class, I realized what he meant. Peoples’ buying habits stem from their behavior and if you understand their behavior you can sell them anything that you’re offering. Psychology and Sociology teach us just that.  Being able to understand this concept is key to predicting human behavior.

-Public Speaking/ Speech

Taking a public speaking class is probably one of the best decisions that I made during my college career. The art of public speaking is an important one that is often underrated. In this class, you learn how to express yourself in a way that people are drawn to. These types of classes are a great way to work on yourself. In addition, you learn about why people choose certain ways of expressing themselves. It is very useful because you get to understand people’s intentions. After taking that class, I became more confident in my public speaking.


After looking at my general requirement classes, I was very displeased to see that I had to take a health course. I was never into science when I was in school. I thought that taking biology and chemistry in high school was all of the knowledge that I needed. However this class proved me wrong. Unlike biology and chemistry, health courses focus on the steps one can take to a healthier lifestyle. This healthier lifestyle is not simply physical but also include psychological and emotional components. During this class, I learned about numerous way to improve my health. I definitely recommend taking a health course.

Being in college is fun. You get to meet people from different backgrounds and study a subject that you are passionate about. However it’s really easy to get caught up in our major requirements that we forget to explore courses that can teach us practical life skills. So, if you’re still in college  take a look at these classes and maybe add them to your shopping cart for next semester.


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Christy Joseph, Writer, Shortstints

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