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Courses to add to your schedule during the ‘add, drop’ phase

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Try out classes like yoga and media in a free society if you find yourself short on credits or looking to drop a class.

Short on credits, dropping a class or searching through the registrar for the perfect addition to your fall schedule?

Almost everyone has been there, frantically searching for a last-minute course to add during the first week of classes. Here are some popular courses with high reviews that, luckily for you, still have seats open for grabbing this fall semester.

1. AMST 1100: Politics and Film
This course focuses on American films and their interaction with existing political structures and theory, known to examine titles like 1955 class commentary “All that Heaven Allows” and the recently released live-action musical production “Hamilton.” Past students have commended Professor Elizabeth Anker for her industry knowledge, clarity and personability. The course’s format involves lectures held on Monday and discussion sections on Wednesday, so students have plenty of time to access, view and analyze films.

2. LSPA 1029: Yoga
The lifestyle, sport and physical activity department offers a plethora of one-credit courses to maintain students’ fitness in a leisurely way, and its several yoga sections allow students to manage their stress and physical wellness. Several sections of yoga remain open, with hour-and-a-half-long meetings only once a week, flexible to even the busiest of schedules.

3. MATH 1007: Mathematics and Politics
Taught in the mathematics department, this course synthesizes logic and arithmetic with political constructions to unpack the interaction of social structures with mathematical thought. A student can expect to approach mathematics in a way they never could in high school, with more writing and decision analysis than any other class of its kind. The class will analyze quintessential concepts like the prisoner’s dilemma from a mathematical standpoint, learn the numbers behind the Electoral College and interpret how statistics can impact equitable representation.

4. SMPA 1050: Media in a Free Society
The School of Media and Public Affairs prides itself on its top-ranked professors and valuable, practical courses for students interested in working in the media. Dr. Sean Aday, a professor with reporting experience from The Kansas City Star and published research on the effects of local television on mass communication, teaches the course material from a position of expertise. While SMPA majors are restricted from registering, the class illuminates a new perspective on media production and mass communication in a democratic world, reinforcing the integral role of the media in a global society.

5. LSPA 1059: Cycling
In addition to yoga and several other exciting courses available, the LSPA department offers a one-credit cycling course with several seats still open – a very practical activity for D.C. residents. Taught on stationary bikes in the Milken Institute School of Public Health, the course allows students to vary resistance to their own individual levels, demonstrating the accessibility of LSPA courses.

6. GEOG 1002: Introduction to Physical Geography
If searching for a course to fulfill GW’s general education scientific reasoning requirement, necessary for all undergraduate students, Physical Geography fits the bill. Topics include weather, cartography and geology. For those who want to avoid a hard science class, this course is more reading-heavy than math-heavy and still provides students with a solid science foundation for their college career.

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