Rock & Enroll: Lifestyle’s Top 5 Class Suggestions


Enrollment is upon us, and students are trying to create their perfect spring schedule. However, in the bustle of advising, Course Guide scrolling and DARs reports, it can be difficult to know exactly what classes you should choose. UW-Madison offers are wide variety of courses, serving all of your interests. If you’re overwhelmed by the number of available options or just lost entirely, check out five favorite classes of the Lifestyle section, and consider adding them to your spring 2017 agenda.


Lauren Chung, Lifestyle Staff Writer

Psychology 509: Abnormal Psychology

A survey of the psychology of abnormal behavior; nature and social/biological origins of neurotic, psychotic, and other behavioral abnormalities,” – UW-Madison Course Guide

Many of us will be affected by a mental illness or disorder at some point in our lives, whether through ourselves, a friend, a relative or other relation. The extreme impact of mental health on our lives makes it important for everyone to be both aware of the various illnesses and symptoms as well as knows how to care for and help those affected. Even more pertinent, I think taking this course can help challenge the stigmas tied to mental illness. These stereotypes make it even more difficult to find and receive treatment, care and acceptance of a disorder.

I took this course because of my love for AP Psychology in high school. I wanted to explore this area further and gain a deeper understanding of psychological disorders and illnesses. If you have the same type of interests as I do or want to help educate your community, definitely check this course out!


Cassie Hurwitz, Lifestyle Staff Writer

Communication Arts 350: Introduction to Film

“Explains how films work using classics such as CITIZEN KANE, VERTIGO, BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN, THE MATRIX, and DO THE RIGHT THING (all shown during the “lab” screenings)… [Students] learn to recognize film techniques–mise-en-scene, cinematography, editing, and sound–and to analyze how filmmakers make us watch, think, and feel,” – UW-Madison Course Guide

When choosing my college classes, I received one pieces of advice; enroll in a film course. Per that instruction, I chose Communication Arts 350: Introduction to Film, making a decision that created more positive change in my life than I could ever imagine. This course is perfect for those wanting to be educated on a film’s complete history, without delving too deep into any one genre. It offers an overview of the cinema as it has developed throughout the entire world, which helps give a greater understanding of cultural and art phenomena in other countries.

The best part about this class is that you watch one movie every week, giving you the opportunity to see and fall in love with something new. One film has the power to open your eyes to an entirely new perspective or experience. After realizing my passion for film through this course, I even declare it as half of my double major. Thanks to Comm. Arts 350, I discovered a new, exciting part of my life.


Maddy Selner, Contributing Writer

Music 101: The Musical Experience

“Musical genres — songs, opera and musical theater, chamber and orchestral music, and jazz — in the context of social and cultural history,” – UW-Madison Course Guide

Like most of you, I walk to class jamming out to the current classics made famous by today’s pop, country and rock artists. However, I also spend fifty minutes, three times a week being transported to another era where the real rock stars shred on violins and composed magnificent works that are still recreated in concert halls across the world! Music 101 is by far my favorite class this semester. I would strongly recommend this course for any creative student who would like to branch out to other genres and learn about the evolution of music. This class is available for any non-music major and requires absolutely no previous musical experience.

I originally signed up for this course on account of its infamous surrogate title,“Clap for Credit”. It seemed like an easy class to slowly transition into college. However, from the very first lecture, I realized that this course was definitely worth my study time. With very little extra work, this class only requires your attention.

This semester, Doctor Lawrence Earp is teaching the course. Dr. Earp, an extremely accomplished musician and professor, has been teaching at this university since 1984, and his years of experience are clearly represented through his passionate lectures on a wide range of music across all of Western history. He is, by far, the most animated and passionate professor I have had the pleasure of learning from, presenting the material in an upbeat, interesting fashion. It is the most entertaining Humanities credit you will ever earn!


Anna Whisler, Contributing Writer

Communication Arts 260: Communication and Human Behavior

Concepts and processes relevant to the study of communication and human behavior including approaches to communication inquiry, the dynamics of face-to-face interaction, and the pragmatic and artistic functions of public communication,” – UW-Madison Course Guide

I have always been interested in how people interact with one another. In fact, I was the little girl who eavesdropped on conversations in restaurants, forming stories and establishing relationships in my head based upon my observations. So, when I found a class described as an investigation of human behavior, I was immediately drawn in.

For anyone who has ever contemplated about the nature of their relationships with family, friends or significant others; or pondered how the media affects their lives, I urge you to take Communication Arts 260.Introducing the expansive topic of communication, the course gives a scientific perspective to an everyday, sometimes forgotten aspect of our lives. Gaining a deeper understanding of communications functions (or failures to function), will give you new insight that can be applied to your own life.

If you’re on the hunt to fulfill your humanities credit requirement, you’re in luck, because this definitely counts! Actually, Communication Arts 260 can satisfy more than just a gen. ed. requirement, because the material is vital to understand the personal and professional world.


Darby Hoffman, Lifestyle Editor

Gender & Women’s Studies 415: Contemporary Feminist Theatre & Critique

I am actually in a bit of disbelief that GWS415 became my favorite this semester. Last spring, I went to my advisor, desperate to enroll in GWS classes and fulfill major requirements. Unfortunately, a majority of the bigger name classes (i.e. GWS103) were already full. By some air of good luck, GWS415 had open seats, and I enrolled in a class that would later become the most enjoyable, rewarding course of my year.

If you’re interested in theatre, feminism, social justice or other related issues; definitely consider enrolling in this course. Each week, this extremely discussion-based class meets and discusses a thought-provoking, relevant feminist play. Some of the titles my class read included “Slut: The Play,” “In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play),” and “Fucking A.” That’s right, all of those super eye-catching titles are ones you’ll get to read, process and share your thoughts on with your classmates.

If you’re interested in engaging storylines, themes that you can relate to the world around you and rewarding, stimulating discussion; this class is the one for you. Don’t miss out on this awesome opportunity to gain class credit and real world knowledge,  alongside a room full of fellow feminists.


Interests and major are broad, but these classes can apply for various types of students. Whether you are desperate to fill a communications requirement for graduation or if film is your life, all of these classes have their perks. If you are looking to add an extra few credits to your spring semester, consider some of our favorites.

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