I took a Sky Diving class my Senior year. It was three classes for 1 credit hour.
Then if you wanted you could drive up to Wooster and Sky Dive for half the price. It was an absolute blast.
A guy I went to college with is/was one of the 'instructors' for this class. Crazy group but they do all sorts of demo jumps around the midwest.
Never before in the history of man have lives less lived been more chronicled. - Dennis Miller
Really? You gotta be kidding!
I'd rather be an hour early than a minute late.
Where were classes like that when I was in school??
Shandy is not beer
Nobody complains about the homework, I would bet!
That would literally have been the only homework ever completed by me on a weekend in college.
Man...I could handle that.
Bring a fork instead of a pencil?
Hindsight is, and in, 2020
Dang. Why did I take quantum mechanics when I could have taken bbq science instead?
For real. Animal Sci bldg on Fyffe Rd. I know the first class all got Weber smokers.
Sky diving is a blast - would highly recommend
If you can search by instructor go with anything taught by Seamus Reilly.
Hes got a course called “sport for the spectator” that’s absolutely smashing with some guest speakers and a tour of some of the athletic facilities here by the sports director and staff.
I took the “Sport for the Spectator” class in the early 1990s and it was great (and the easiest A that I ever got). Offensive Coordinator Jim Colletto and Women’s BBall Coach Nancy Darsch were two of the guest speakers I remember from that class.
Sport for the Spectator
The study of various popular spectator sports including football, basketball, baseball, golf, tennis, ice hockey and others. Prereq: Not open to students with credit for EduPAES 137.
Lecture Section 20 (11915)
Autumn 2019 Regular Academic Term
Instruction Mode: In Person
Phys Activ & Educ Srvs Bldg - Room: A145
8/20/19 - 12/4/19
This class meets Friday
10:00 am - 11:50 am
Seamus Anthony Reilly
KNSFHP 1137: Lecture Section 30 (11916)
Campbell Hall - Room: 335
8/20/19 - 12/4/19
This class meets Wednesday
4:10 pm - 6:00 pm
ACCT 2200 with Marc Smith is a blast. 10/10 would recommend
Welcome back everyone
Is broomball still a class?
I hate the offseason.
As an incoming freshman at tOSU these would be a great help to me as well haha
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Yeesh...buckle up son. Gonna need to change that mindset before getting on campus or ur gonna get steamrolled
Trust me I know for certain I won't be taking any "fun classes" my first couple years, just for the future's sake I'd like to know though haha
When my sister was at OSU she took a class with Chris Spielman. I forget what that specific class she had with him was but one day he told her his next class was Ping Pong.
Fields of Dreams
My dad took golf and ball room dancing his last quarter because he needed something to do.
I took ballroom dancing. We also had to learn the cha-cha, Boot-Scootin Boogie, and the Electric Slide and do them in front of the instructor for our grade. That was fun.
"I find your lack of kalua disturbing" - Darth Lebowski
I took a beer and wine class my senior year, the final exam was to go to a bar and have 3 different drinks and write about them lol
Sorry Urban, Woody is still my favorite
This is way back in like 04 but I took a linguistics class on the languages of the lord of the rings.
And then there was a video game design class I took but I don’t know what department it fell under.
Many of the art/design/photo classes are good if you’re into that too.
I took 'History of Witchcraft and Magic' my last year, probably not as fun as skydiving or BBQ science but it definitely was very interesting.
I took taekwondo and swimming back in the days...tried to get into Golf and tennis and they got snatched up pretty quickly during the time slots that I wanted.
I took alot of classes at CoEd’s and Cornerstone.... wait that cannot be right.....
I took a Vampire class that was one of my favorite classes at Ohio State. It's under Slavic Languages and Literature.
If you're looking to meet women I would highly recommend Social Dance.
I was a wrestler and wanted to roll around a bit so I took a Judo class.
I took some other fun classes but they required a bit more effort than I thought like Rock n Roll History, and Food Science.
I also had a psycho teacher in a Mafia Movies class.
I took the vampire class too! I also recommend this one
The idea of meeting women is always an attractive option. For being athletic I can’t dance worth a damn though so that could be interesting...
It doesn't matter if you can't dance, I certainly couldn't. A lot of time the women couldn't dance either. You just laugh through it together then switch your partner.
The class is taught in a large group and kept fairly basic.
Slavic 130 - history of vampirism in Europe. Great class.
If you like sports, which being on this website I assume you do, take a couple officiating classes. Once you pass the course, you are certified as an OHSAA official. It’s a good way to make extra money as a student or after you graduate.
Basket Weaving. You're welcome.
- Big Kat
Leave one wolf alive....and the sheep are never safe
I took advanced underwater basket weaving.
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I ran into a buddy from a rival HS on campus at OSU that played on football team and was the same year as me. He was on his way to Ping Pong and I was on my way to Calculus 3, made me chuckle as thinking back my "easiest" class that I took was probably intro to aviation when I was exploring a possible major change (Mech E blues). (Fun fact it's very costly to get a commercial pilots license if you don't go through the military) That class did however help me get over some apprehensiveness of flying, just knowing the number of hours somebody has to log before ever being able to sit in the cockpit of a commercial flight.
Oh shit, almost forgot about my Boxing "class" that I took for a morning wake me up. Was nice to learn basic techniques, mostly shadow boxing so nothing crazy, pretty sure the "final" was literally the guy shouting the different punches/movements and you executing them in front of him. 10/10 would do again.
I took Beer and Wine... online. Easiest class that challenges you to try different alcohol you may have never consumed, so you broaden your palette.
Coaching Football was cool. Lot of different coaches come in including Urban (this was 2016) but your year end playbook project is kind of a pain.
Sport for the Spectator was mentioned above. The entire class was 10 main sports topics that you'd write and discuss about. It's easy to do and not too challenging. We covered the Donaghy scandal in the NBA as well as UNC's student-athlete education scandal. I actually enjoyed going to class.
Also... don't fall for Chocolate Science, its apparently a lot of chemistry and not as much about eating sweets.
If you haven't done your science requirements, try and get Health and Nutrition online and take it with a group. One of the easier science classes I've taken.
"To Buckeye Nation: You have my word that I'm going to give everything I have to continue the tradition of excellence and winning that this program has enjoyed during its storied history."
I also did 8am Boxing. Great way to start a day with a challenging workout. I would finish up then head to the pool area to cool down and relax. You do have to buy gloves, wrist wraps, etc. though. Just an FYI.
Took karate my senior year with some buddies. Not a great workout, but definitely learned some tricks and enjoyed the experience.
cant recall how many credits, but ever since then, all I have to say to my buddies is “thread the needle” and we immediately strike a karate pose. This was.. 8 years ago now.
Also... don't fall for Chocolate Science, its apparently a lot of chemistry and not as much about eating sweets.
That actually sounds really fascinating, but this is coming from a chemical engineer.
Take something outside of your comfort zone and expose yourself to something new. My two most memorable classes at OSU were Russian literature and history of modern art.
PG <3 PG
All my classes at OSU where fun. Boot camp, however, was not.
Orbital Mechanics is interesting, if you like math.
Here is a good web site to find classes. Just enter a word and hit enter. Try it with fly fishing or wine. Someone above mentioned taking the wine and beer class online. It's more fun to take it in person and do the beer, wine, and mead tastings.
Unfortunately, I don't see the mafia movies class offered next fall.
Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.
I took co-ed volleyball.... needless to say it was fun if you have any interest in that sort of thing (volleyball that is...)
"Football is, after all, a wonderful way to get rid of your aggressions without going to jail for it." Woody Hayes
To fulfill my physical education class requirements--I took tennis, bowling, and beginning golf at OSU--how good was that!
Slow pitch softball in the Spring. If it rains or field is wet then no class. If there is class.. fun!
My son while majoring in Food Science took a class in Chocolate Science that met once per week.
If you're ahead on knocking out your requirements, you can start taking classes pass\fail and it takes a lot stress off. You can the general credits towards a degree, but it's filler credits vs requirements for capstone, non western focus, etc.
Sport for the Spectator is a must. History of Rock and Roll was pretty cool too. I think there is a backpacking class and a white water rafting class too (at least when I was there in the mid 2000s). Basketball was nice for a workout, and racquetball was just a lot of fun.
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I took a Grand Canyon course at Tulane that spent the whole semester learning the history, geography, biology, archaeology, and botany of the Canyon Area. At the end of the semester, the entire class took a seven day whitewater rafting trip down the Colorado. Definitely my best class followed by golf and scuba.
Nothing cleanses the soul like a no call pass interference.
I didn't do my undergrad at OSU but did my Masters there in Fisher ('13-'15). I had a little time for a few elective courses and one that was really fun was "The Business of College Sports" taught by Gene and Shelia Smith. I think it's only taught in the fall semester, and not 100% sure whether undergrads are able to take it, but if so, it was great. I feel like there were a handful of undergrads in my class, but it was mostly graduate business students or graduate sports management students. Occasionally another person from the AD would teach it if they were on the road.
It was twice a week and on Tuesday's after a home game they'd start the class with a rundown of a bunch of non-athletic related stats from the previous home game such as: Ticket revenue, concession revenue, # of bio spills (vomit), # of arrests, etc...) We got a tour of all of the athletics facilities, learned about how fundraising works from major donors, saw how non-revenue teams are funded, dove into details of coaches contracts, learned scheduling philosophies, saw early plans for building out the athletics complex further, learned the history of the Schott and Nationwide being built at the same time and how they've now partnered, and a whole lot more.
Will any of that be of value in my HR career? Probably not, but I found it fascinating and fun. I had grad school classmates that took a few different PE classes (weight training, swimming, etc...) and in my undergrad elsewhere I took a PE class almost every semester just to get a break from regular studies (basketball, bowling, snowboarding, country swing dance, billiards, volleyball, and badminton).
"Because I couldn't go for three."
I tried to put one "fun" elective in each quarter at OSU, the one credit hour kind of ones. So those were Golf 1, Golf 2, archery, bowling, racquetball, handball among others. Helped to do something fun while still getting a couple credits and only meeting once per week.
I took a few real classes electives that were super fun including The History of Rock and Roll, Football Officiating, Sport for the Spectator among others.
BBQ Science is a blast. History of Rock and Roll, Beer and Wine in Western Culture are two good ones too.
The answer may not be at the bottom of a bottle, but it never hurts to check.
That's the making of a pretty good semester!
History of Rock and Roll
Ice Skating (I played/attempted to play some intramural hockey while at OSU, so this was fun)
All these fun classes make me want to go back to college.
These kinds of classes are exactly what is wrong with modern "higher education".
Not that Ohio State is alone in this, but they offer a wide range of classes that most adults would maybe be shocked are considered higher education/credit level course
OSU offers 7 credit level classes in American Sign language ie something you can learn via a youtube search
Pilates and yoga classes
Credits given for being a part of a varsity team, ie if you are on the Football team you can earn up to 10 Credit hours just for being on the team and credits for being a member of the marching band, athletic band, jazz band etc
whole classes on sports officiating such as for baseball and basketball etc
classes on coaching said sports
there is a class called Sports for the Spectator - The study of various popular spectator sports including football, basketball, baseball, golf, tennis, ice hockey and others - seriously this is a 2 credit hour course in Kinesiology major, ie get credit on how to be a fan..
In fact the Kinesiology major is littered with credit classes in this nonsense - tumbling, line dancing, weight lifting, kickboxing, cardio, swimming, folk and square dancing, flag football, the infamous Aids Awareness, Alcohol and drug abuse, First Aid and CPR, scuba diving, whitewater rafting, stress management, kayaking, Lake Erie Sport Fishing, wall climbing, bowling and on and on.
Just remember that each of these nonsense classes requires hiring an instructor, having space to perform the class and general university overhead to maintain, ie increases university costs and hence tuition, room and board, fees and eventually tax payer support increases to give a credit class in pilates what the local lifetime fitness can train you in
It’s a University, not a trade school. An exposure to a wide variety of subjects is key to a well-rounded education.
I will stand by my "get off my grass" complaint about this.
A university is supposed to be about obtaining a "higher" education, not a "common" education
First aid CPR Sports for spectators, aids awareness are common knowledge level, not advanced or higher knowledge
Heck the Sky Diving class does not even require you to jump. all you have to do is take 4 classes to "talk" about the subject and you get 1 credit hour
Compare that to a fixed income elective in the Finance school that is also worth 1 credit hour, a whole semester of class room analysis of fixed income securities, bond valuation and risk and credit analysis, that not something your common person can just teach, or the yo dude at the local commuter airport can run in a 4 day setting
I graduated from Fisher with a degree in finance. I took the fixed income class (BUSFIN 4223). It's 1.5 credit hours and for half a semester.
I mean realistically with the internet and maybe a library card or some money for books you "could" learn just about anything... all the material is there "higher education" is more or less for a piece of paper that's supposedly proof you learned said material... although I still argue it proves nothing as I had an argument with a fellow graduating mechanical engineer on whether or not aluminum would conduct electricity... Literally had to pull out a bread board and show him. Same semester I also had to show 3 other graduating mechanical engineering students how to dimension a 2D drawing...
A degree proves that you showed up, put in the effort, and met the university's standards to graduate.
This might be the most ridiculous statement I have ever seen. Sometimes you just need a credit or 2 for a full load, especially when you are getting close to finishing up your degree. After taking all the classes that my major requires, sometimes you want a "fun" elective for a credit or 2.
There might be some ridiculous majors out there that are offered with ridiculous classes attached, but nobody makes people major in them. So they major in it and can't find a job, whose fault is that? I could make the argument that just about any literature major is a waste of time too, but they still offer them. You can get a job a lot easier with a Kinesiology degree than early Russian Lit.
Golf 1 was pretty fun. Thought I'd use it more in the real world but I haven't played a single hole after graduating. Still, it was a good time.
Brewing science was a technical elective for me but if it's not, I wouldn't recommend it. At least, not if it has the same professor I had. You do learn about the brewing process and the variables that affect the taste but I can't say it was a fun class at all.
Back in 1970, I had a fall quarter real estate class that met from 7p to 10p on Monday nights. Coincidentally the class overlapped the TV broadcast time of the inaugural season of Monday Night Football. The TA who conducted the class, would adjourn the class and relocate the session from Haggerty to the Student Union. 3.2 beer, football and the principles of highest and best use made for a fun class.
Too much time spent at the North Heidelberg rather than the classroom. SSD 68-72
You could buy beer in the Union in 1970? Pretty sure they didn't have that in my day, which was a decade-plus later.
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Yes, you could buy 3.2 beer in those days.
My two favorite courses at THE Ohio State University were a sociology course on the Amish, and an English Rhetoric course that taught you how to decipher propaganda. Whatever you do, NEVER take Symbolic Logic...but this is just me.
You can also go bowling in the basement of the the Ohio Unio...oh wait, never mind.
If you die before you die, then you won't die when you die.
Agree on the sociology. My favorite was a sociology course on the Holy Ghost Religion. It was incredibly interesting.
So many great class suggestions, and when I went to OSU I was focused on getting out as soon as possible so I didn't take very many classes at all that didn't lead directly to fulfilling a graduation requirement. I had always heard of Sports for the spectator and wanted to take it but just couldn't spare the extra hour or 2. I did take a class called coaching the young athlete. I really wish I could remember the instructor's name. I know he isn't there anymore because he was old in the early '90s when I took it. He was the water polo coach and almost talked me into joining the team - one of the very few regrets I have from my days as a student is that I didn't join. Anyway we had a lot of leeway with projects etc and I remember my final paper was a plan for a youth basketball league. I had to develop a system for selecting coaches, players, officials, venues, etc. I had kind of already done some of that since I was volunteering at a middle school helping to coach 2 of their basketball teams.
Regardless of whatever classes you choose the one thing I will tell is get involved! Make it fun, participate in class activities and that will make it a memorable experience.
The best class I took was Flight Dynamics, which was a senior level Aero elective. You got to chose an experiment and conduct it in the air. I got Stalls and Turns. First and last time I got to fly an airplane.
That sounds like the ultimate pass/fail class.
Did they let you do power-on stalls? (Full power, full flaps-meant to simulate go-around conditions)
If I remember correctly, the instructor essentially increased the angle of attack with various flap settings and speeds and we would measure when the separation on the wing occurred. We "tufted" the wing beforehand with black chords so we could photograph where the boundary layer separated and watch the turbulent flow moving towards the front of the wing until it was a nearly a complete stall.
On turns we would measure stick force for varied radius turns and different speeds.
Was it throttled back or running wide open? Stalling it with full power requires the yoke in your lap and it feels pretty fucked up.
I honestly cant remember the exact power, but it wasn't dialed all the way back. Speed was moderate to high to ensure we didn't fall out of the sky. And as you mentioned, it was definitely an uneasy feeling to have the whole A/C shake and have the stall warning going off. The pilot was an OSU Aviation instructor at Don Scott and he really knew what he was doing so that helped. He knew the limits of how far he could go.
Stalling is part of all training. The power off (not really off, but rather at idle) stalls in the 150s/172s are fairly gentle. The power on stalls are more unnerving because you're at full throttle and you really need to get the nose up high to get it to depart. It's also significantly harder to maintain coordinated flight (and avoiding entering a spin), because of the increased p-factor. It's also noisy and you're smelling fumes and with having to keep smashing one rudder pedal while pulling back hard while the plane is buffeting and the stall horn is squealing at you, it's just not comfortable. It just gives the feeling of forcing the plane to do something it really does not want to do.
The fun classes I took
Physics of Sports with Dr. Lisa awesome class for science credit that let you do an experiment of your choice instead of a final. and he would check your math for you before presenting your project.
Food Science for lab credit which consisted going to the dairy lab and making cheese and ice cream and then eating it.
Spanish Literature-3306 or something. Reading Don Quixote in English and then having 5 movie nights with popcorn to compare different film adaptations to the book.
"Making the Great State of Ohio Proud!" UFM
There is an actual syllabus online for that course. Man I missed out: https://www.asc.ohio-state.edu/lisa.1/1110/syllabus2015.pdf
History of Rock n' Roll was spectacular -- but it's not necessarily a blow-off class, either. Still, though, I got to go see the Black Keys in Cleveland and then write a report on it -- so that's pretty cool I guess.
Check out the International Studies Department and talk with Karlene Foster if she is still there. That lady gave me a new outlook on my degree.
As someone who is currently enrolled in BBQ science, I cannot recommend it highly enough. It is easily the most fun I have had in a class ever and all the food is included and there's no extra lab fee for the course. However, I'd recommend taking it in the fall because they do it for the first half of the semester in the evening so its still nice out, the first couple of labs during spring semester (even though we started halfway through the semester) were absolutely freezing.
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How is the homework load? You do a lot of independent research? LOL! Enjoy!
When I was at tOSU, I took a contemporary Greek class. There was like 12 people in the class and we met in a conference room. The guy who taught the class was awesome. He always used to bring us in Greek food to class. It was real laid back but pretty educational overall. Can't remember the professors name to save my life though, this was 2002.
I also took a class on card games. Was a super easy class, especially if you already know how to play different card games. Spent a few weeks on the strategy behind poker and the different poker games, how to play euchre, and a bunch of other card games. Most of the games I already knew how to play, but there were a few I didn't know how to. There was about 30 kids in the class and it was amazing how many didn't know how to play poker.
Another strategy would be to skip the fun classes and try to graduate a semester early. Why have fun, when you can NOT have fun!?!
That was a nice Christmas present one year. Our son told us he finished all his coursework in the Fall and did not have to go back for the Spring semester.
I can’t, because I have to take a Capstone class my last semester of school, and it is only offered in the spring.
Sport for the Spectator and History of Rock and Roll were two of the more enjoyable courses I took at OSU. Outside of that, if you're looking for more mental stimulation but still relatively enjoyable material, Development and Control of Weapons of Mass Destruction with Jeffrey Lewis and anything in the economics department taught by TD Logan are great.
I took a personal finance course. Don't remember the name of the course but I still use the stuff I learned back in the early 90s. Basic life finance stuff goes a long way into the future.
"Most Noahs have two of everything, he's got four tonight" - Gus Johnson on Noah Brown's 4 TD catches against Oklahoma.
Back to the original OP. As an agronomy major, look for classes that will make you more marketable to a potential employer. Anything that will improve your analytical or communications skills would be my recommendation because you could highlight them in a job interview. But a little fun won't hurt. For example, you could say you learned in the beer & wine class about the need for more and different varieties of hops created by the craft brewing industry.
Side note. Article in the Dispatch today about over 50 craft breweries in the Columbus area. Everyone has an IPA so lots of demands for hops.
I took modern dance. As an engineer, being one of the few guys in a class full of women was very attractive; and you didn't have to be an engineer to do the math.
Strive at all times to bend, fold, spindle and mutilate.