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8 Coolest Classes To Take At UCLA

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1. Music History 8 - History of EDM (Electronic Dance Music) (Robert Fink)

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Named “Best College Pop Music Class” by Spin Magazine and the first of its kind at a major university.

2. Chem 14D - Organic Reactions and Pharmaceuticals (Neil Garg)

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Garg’s Chemistry 14D class is probably best known for his optional extra-credit assignment, in which students create music videos ( detailing the various chemical reactions they’ve learned, almost always with themselves in the starring roles.

"I’ve heard for two years that he’s UCLA’s best professor, and he’s lived up to everything people say, and more." -Vandan Kasar, second-year premed and life sciences student.

3. English 138 - Creative Writing: Screenplay (James Franco)


"Franco's lessons go way beyond the syllabus. His approach is hands-on and proactive. The curriculum includes books that have been adapted into some of Hollywood's biggest blockbusters, such as Jaws, The Exorcist, and The Godfather."

4. Astrophysics I - Stars and Nebulae (Andrea Ghez)

Ghez took the first clear photo of the Milky Way, leading to the discovery of a supermassive black hole at its center and redefining our understanding of how galaxies form. Her work has also earned her a MacArthur Fellowship and made her the first woman to be awarded the Crafoord Prize by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

5. Life Sciences 15 - Life: Concepts and Issues (Jay Phelan)

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"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."

6. Geography 6 - World Regions: Concepts and Contemporary Issues (Jared Diamond)


Taught by Pulitzer Prize winner Jared Diamond whose books such as Collapse and Guns, Germs and Steel have captivated readers and altered the way we view anthropology, ecology, geography and evolutionary biology.

"He is one of the best professors I've had at UCLA and this class is the most interesting, life-changing class I've taken." -Evaluation via Bruinwalk

7. German 118SL - Between Memory and History: Interviewing Holocaust Survivors (Todd Presner)


This unique service-learning class offers students sensitivity training, historical grounding and the skills to do oral histories to become “stewards of memory".

8. Film and Television 106A - History of American Motion Picture (Jonathan Kuntz)

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Professor Kuntz has been dubbed “a walking film dictionary” by students with an amazing amount of knowledge about topics in American film history.

"Totally worth the time commitment. It's been my favorite class at UCLA so far, and my favorite professor." -Evaluation via Bruinwalk