WE KNOW CHOOSING classes can be stressful. You've got to strike the perfect balance between slacking, and slaying your classes, whilst of course fulfilling your WAYS Requirements, not to mention all of your Core classes for your Major, and that one class you want to check out for your Minor...all within the first 3 weeks of school.
So yes, it can be hard enough to get your requirements sorted, and finding interesting classes to round off your schedule may be tricky, but don’t worry, though. We’ve sorted through countless pages of courses to bring you a couple of 1, 2, and 3 unit classes so that you don’t have to.
Try a course off of our list or use it as inspiration to do some digging yourself!! You never know what you’ll find in the depths of ExploreCourses. Especially seeing as the Add/Drop Deadline is this Friday, October 9th!! They're all hyperlinked so feel free to check them out on ExploreCourses.
1 UNIT CLASSES
An introduction to Mai Thai (‘Thai Kickboxing’), this athletic course requires participants to wear all sorts of body protection so you know that it’s intense. It’s perfect for those looking to learn some self-defense or interested in a centuries-old and traditionally fatal martial art.
Considered a must-take class by many, this evening class makes some people fall in love with what is billed as “non-competitive social ballroom dance” and is always a good time. There's usually a waitlist, but who knows, you may get lucky and snag a spot. If you're a guy, heads up, the ratio is spot on.
A collection of films presented by the Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages, centered on a quarterly topic, this film series will give you something to talk about with your particularly intellectual friends. Every film is bookended by an intro and a discussion meaning you’ll hear about what everyone else has to say, too.
If you’re interested in education and Earth Sciences, this looks like so much fun. You spend eight weeks teaching young kids about what you know, all while supervised so that you learn strategies for science instruction. It’s definitely not lab work.
For literally anyone interested in physics and “the big questions,” PHYSICS 59 is a lecture series that offers a peak into the work being done by Stanford physicists, including some tours of experimental facilities.
It’s sometimes hard to put yourself first, especially at a place like Stanford, and this one unit helps to put things into perspective. Only an hour on Tuesday afternoons, we all have time to learn about making ourselves happier.
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2 UNIT CLASSES
‘Translation Matters’ is a 1-2 unit lecture series, presented late Thursday afternoons. With thousands of languages being spoken around us, translation is often critical, and you’ll hear from all sorts of dope people whose professional lives depend on it.
If you want to know what to buy at the market when you’re older, or just want to know a little more about your gluten free coconut chai tea and pressed juice, this great two unit-er provides a context for discussions about all aspects of food.
Previously OUTDOOR 405, this class, presented by the wonderful people of the Outdoor Education Center, is a prerequisite for SPOT leaders and is also a way to feel more confident while hiking in the backcountry or leading a group in any environment. Plus, it’s a lot of fun. Really.
ANY FOREIGN LANGUAGE CONVERSATION CLASS (EX. CHINLANG 15, FRENLANG 15, ETC.)
If you’ve decided not to continue taking language classes but want to keep up your conversational skills, or just want to speak Taiwanese to some folks, look up conversation classes!! Offered in just about any language that you can study at Stanford, they’re two units and there aren’t any worksheets or online exercises to do.
...AND FINALLY SOME 3 UNIT CLASSES
Since everyone has a favorite marine animal, go ahead and take the time to learn about how they perceive our world. You might have more in common with a sea cucumber than you originally thought.
Learn about King Tut and all the rest in this focus on Egypt from 3000 BCE to 300 BCE. Offered as either a 3- or a 5-unit class, there’s never been a better time to learn about one of history’s most glamorous civilizations.
After taking MED 158A (see above), you might find yourself interested in sustainable agriculture. Including field work, as well as traditional lectures, you’ll walk away from this class a bit muddier but much more knowledgeable about what it takes to get food on our table in a sustainable way.
Taught by Professor James Campbell, this ever-popular class focuses on South African history and transition over the course of the past century or so. You’ll learn about the incredible transformations and conflicts of the African continent’s southernmost country
If you're an athlete or just plain interested in sports, you should check out this class. You get to work with really interesting content whilst studying and practicing sport writing. In doing so, you're guaranteed to learn how to "write with excellence within any subject matter" and will be covering topics that span from boxing to mascot dancing. Who knows, you may even talk about our very own Tree.
P.S. Some of these courses you might not have room for (or they might not have room for you!), but keep an eye out for them as soon as registration rolls around next quarter. The exact class may not be available each quarter, but a good many of our recommendations are, so it’s always worth a shot!! So.. Until next quarter...
By: Eleni Spanos