Elective courses offer students rest from rigorous coursework

(Auburn, AL)- For Auburn University students, semesters are full of tests and projects. Coursework can be stressful. Deadlines can be tight. For students who seek relief during the semester, Auburn offers many courses that lighten the academic load and give students time to explore a new passion outside of their major.

Elective courses- ballet
Elective courses- ballet

Ballet for Beginners (THEA 1570)

“ I chose to take this class because I needed a couple more elective credits and I honestly just missed dancing in high school. I have loved my experience this semester because it has brought back memories of why I fell in love with ballet in the first place, and it provides a relaxing outlet from the stress of my major and minor classes.” - Sylvia, senior in English literature  (Photo, right: courtesy of Sylvia.)

Kayaking
Kayaking

Beginners Kayaking (PHED 1710)

“The class was something stupid and spontaneous I decided to do with my friends on a whim… We learned the basics, the ins-and-outs of all the equipment and how to roll and paddle properly. It was one of the most fun weekends of my college career. I got to bond with students I otherwise never would've met and hang out with some crazy river guides.” - Hannah, senior in journalism (Photo, left: courtesy of Hannah.)

Floral Design
Floral Design

Floral Design (HORT 2250)

“I've always loved doing flower arrangements growing up, but now I'm learning all about the techniques and mechanics that go into it which makes it even more interesting for me! I feel like this class is such a peaceful break from my normal daily routine of studying and classes. I'm seriously on cloud nine every time I walk out of that classroom, I'm seriously grinning ear to ear!It's just overall been one of my favorite experiences at auburn thus far!” - Brooke, junior health services administration (Photo, right: courtesy of Brooke.)

Individual Sports: Bowling (PHED 1510)

“I enjoyed it a lot because I was able to meet new people, have a relaxing class that could help my GPA, and I got a little better at bowling.” - Andrew, junior in English language arts (Photo, left: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Bowling_Pins_Being_Hit_by_a_Bowling_Ball_-_PINSTACK_Plano_(2015-04-10_19.34.19_by_Nan_Palmero).jpg)

Cardiorespiratory Fitness: Puppy Play (PHED 1200)

puppy play
puppy play

”I signed up for the class at Camp War Eagle prior to freshman year thinking it would be a regular PE class that could boost my GPA. I didn't pay enough attention to the course description I guess because when I showed up the first day in exercise clothes they were going over proper leash-gripping and stuff. The next class we met at the "dog truck" and each student got a dog to walk around in order to get acclimated them to human activity. After we had them for a few weeks, each round of dogs would go to work at prisons or airports. Some of the dogs were full-grown but we did get to have a litter of black lab puppies for a lot of the semester. It was a really great experience freshman year to watch the dogs growing up before our eyes every week. I developed a bond with one puppy in particular named Nacho, and it warms my heart to wonder where he is today, protecting people at airports or prisons or maybe even under the loving care of the family who will adopt him once he finishes his service.” - Aaron, junior in pre-landscape architecture environmental design (Photo, right: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Kriz_Puppy.jpg)

Tap Dancing Lab (THEA 1530)

tap dancing class
tap dancing class

”I grew up tap dancing, so I took this class for fun and nostalgia. It was interesting to see the wide range of students, some who were professionals and some who had never taken a dance class… I took it between Calculus III and Engineering Physics, and it was a great stress reliever. I highly recommend it for exercise, meeting cool people, and learning to express yourself.” - )Amy, senior in civil engineering (Photo, left: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Jack_Delano,_Tap_dancing_class_at_Iowa_State_College,_1942.jpg

Women's Self Defense (PHED 2200)

Women's Self Defense
Women's Self Defense

"I absolutely loved taking women’s self-defense last spring. Our instructors were extremely knowledgeable and made each class engaging, informative, and fun! After finishing the course, I feel more confident and prepared to protect myself if I were ever in a precarious situation." - Catherine, junior in nursing (Photo, left: courtesy of Catherine.)

Take some time to look over some courses that are outside of your major- they might end up being the best classes you take during your time at Auburn.