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Wine and Beer in Western Culture (and other electives to take)

You might know the feeling: you’re a few years into your college career and finishing up your major- and minor-related coursework, so you need to find some classes to fill out your schedule. Since students already voted, we know that the absolute best elective to take is Wine and Beer in Western Culture (and, honestly, this isn’t a surprise. You get to drink beer and wine for grades.), but there are definitely a few others you should check out before you graduate.

Chocolate Science

Like the Wine and Beer course, but in this class you eat chocolate for grades. Hell yes.

Brewing Science

Okay, at this point, the Department of Food Science and Technology should be your favorite at Ohio State. This class is taught by the same guy as the Beer and Wine class, only this one focuses on “Science and practices of beer production including hop and barley cultivation, the science of malting and fermentation, flavor development and beer processing.” Count me in.

First Aid and CPR

This one is actually useful for you (not that the others aren’t, but not everyone is going to own a brewery or become a chocolate mogul). You get to take a full class, for academic credit, that teaches proper First Aid and CPR practices, which means you could legitimately learn something that could save someone’s life. It might be more stressful than the other classes listed (because, you know, learning CPR is probably stressful), but it’ll pay dividends when you get a cut on your ankle while hiking or something like that.

Online Learning Strategies and Skills

Get this: this is a 7-week course for two credit hours that’s taught online. What are they teaching online? How the fuck to learn online. You get to take an online class that teaches you how to learn online. Yes, it’s a real class. I’m gonna go add that to my autumn semester now.


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