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Classes You Should Take Before You Leave UCLA (Spring 2013 Edition)

Since first pass enrollment appointments began this week, Spring quarter is almost upon us. For many seniors, the at once exciting and scary thought of graduation is just one quarter away.

Inspired by a post on the UCLA Subreddit, we decided to compile a list of classes offered next quarter that you should try out before you leave UCLA.

Using a complex formula of reading, talking to students and consulting personal experiences and the experiences of others, we came up with the following list of fun/interesting/must-take classes offered in Spring 2013.

Whether you are a freshman or a graduating senior looking for something different in your last quarter, why not give some of these class a try?

Film Classes

  • FTV 106A: History of American Motion Picture – Offered every quarter, this class is taught by Professor Jonathan Kuntz, dubbed “a walking film dictionary” by many reviewers on Casie Nguyen, a fourth-year communication studies student, said she was able to apply the information she learned in this class to her internships. “Getting credit to watch movies like The Social Network, The Godfather and Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo is sick,” Nguyen said.
  • FTV C132 or FTV 133: Screenwriting Fundamentals – Although the professors who usually teach these two classes (Richard Walter and Hal Ackerman) are not teaching them next quarter, Chris Rock did walk in on 132C a few weeks ago. Just saying.
  • FTV 122N: History of Animation in American Film and Television – This class is only offered in Spring and taught by Professor Charles Solomon, a well known animation critic. Watch Bugs Bunny, The Nightmare Before Christmas and Toy Story 3 and hear anecdotes of the professor’s meetings with famous animators? Yes, please.

Ethnomusicology Classes

  • Any Ethnomusicology 91 class: World Music Performance Organizations – There are classes on the music and dance of Bali, India, Mexico and the Near East to name a few. Fourth-year molecular, cell and developmental biology student Christy Chen said she wants to take one of these classes to try something outside her major. “You actually go to class and learn how to drum,” she said. “I really like drumming, so I think it’ll be fun.”

Life- or Perspective-Changing Science Classes

  • Physiological Science 5: Issues in Human Physiology: Diet and Nutrition – Taking this class with Professor Esdin will help you realize how unhealthy the college lifestyle is. On the bright side, you learn how to make up for this and avoid chronic heart disease, diabetes and certain forms of cancer, which is always good to know. Also did you know 2% milk doesn’t actually mean there’s 2% fat? Mind blown.
  • Life Sciences 15 – Life: Concepts and Issues – According to Redditors, it really does change your perspective on “life” and the nature of human behavior. Also, Professor Jay Phelan is a really fun and engaging lecturer.

Any Class with Professor Teo Ruiz

Redditors and students alike recommend taking a class with Professor Ruiz before graduating. Why, you ask? From what we’ve heard, when he teaches a class on mystics, heretics and witches (History 2C), he comes to class dressed in a witch costume. He also taught a Fiat Lux on Pride and Prejudice. How cool is that? Next quarter, Professor Ruiz is teaching History 129A: Social History of Spain & Portugal and a Fiat Lux called Los Angeles: Architecture, Ethnicity, and Urban History.

Speaking of Fiat Lux classes, some cool-sounding ones offered next quarter include:

  • Economics 19: Start-ups and the Entrepreneurial Thought Process
  • MIMG 19: Contagion: Science Behind the Movie
  • Music History 19: Five Masters of Progressive Rock – For all you Frank Zappa, Gentle Giant, King Crimson, Yes, and Pink Floyd fans.
  • Statistics 19: Hold ‘em or Fold ‘em: Poker and Probability – Not saying we’re gonna go all out like Dustin Hoffman in Rain Man or Jim Sturgess in 21 but this might just improve your hand.

What did we miss? Which “must-take” classes would you recommend for next quarter? Tweet us @dbmojo or comment below.

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