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Five Unique College Elective Courses To Round Out Your Experience

Jun 02, 2011

When it's time to select electives to fulfill your degree requirements, take a good look through your school's course catalog to find something different. Here are just some of the unique electives being offered at higher learning institutions.

By Jessica Lyons

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'Real Life Statistics: Your Chance for Happiness (Or Misery)'

Offered by Harvard University, this isn't your average math class. It gives students the opportunity to develop 'an appreciation of statistical reasoning via real-life modules.' Some of the areas impacted by statistics that this course covers are cheese and wine tastings, online match-making, investing, clinical health trials and elections.

'Economics in Films'

St. John's University offers this class, which examines films like 'A Christmas Carol' and 'Wall Street' that show movie-goers 'economic ideas and philosophies.' We all love taking a break to watch a movie and this class gives you the chance to watch several relevant to economics and analyze their validity.

'Beginning Bowling'

That's right. Thanks to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill students can actually get credit for learning how to bowl. Students study terminology, grips, stances, delivery, release, follow through, picking up spares, rules and scoring. UNC also offers an intermediate bowling class. Ace this course and you'll have an advantage the next time you and your friends go out for a bowling night.

'Technological Disasters'

This class is from Rice University's Department of History. It gives students the chance to learn about the impact of failed technologies like the Titanic and Betamax. Although known as 'spectacular failures,' according to the course description, these disasters can give insight into design improvements or technology evaluations. This course includes case studies, guest panels and class projects.

'Geography of Food and Eating'

University of Washington students taking this class get to learn about producing, distributing and consuming food on 'national and global scales.' The description also explains that the course will examine 'the political, social, cultural and economic dimensions of food and eating in particular spaces, places, environments, contexts and regions.'

Looking for other course ideas? Find out why you should study a foreign language.

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