No matter what major you decide to choose, there are certain courses that all students should take while in college. Not just because these classes are a requirement, but classes all students should take that help with personal development and the betterment of our lives.

Here are classes any student should take to better themselves and to understand and survive the real world.

  1. Economics 101
    Taking an economics class will help you understand money, finance and market inflation in the global world. If you want money, you need to know how to manage it, spend it and save it.

    Take it online:
    Introduction to Economics via UC Berkeley (Free YouTube Course)
    Business Economics (Accredited)

  2. Any Extracurricular Class
    Take an arts class or Fine arts class. A class that can really wake up the creative side of your brain, like music or art work. It's also one of the best ways to improve yourself.

  3. Law 101
    We're not all lawyers, and we're not all going to law school, but it's good to understand the basic terminology and process of the legal system. Knowing legal basics can keep you out of a lot of trouble down the road. It's best to know your rights and the legal system.

    Take it online:
    Law and Legal Thought in the 21st Century via Harvard (Free Online Course)
    Online Law Courses (Accredited Online Program)

  4. HTML, Creating Webpages
    The Internet is the future, and the future is now. The Internet is where the world's information is kept. Better have your part in it. All aspects of life, from business and education to hobbies and other personal subjects are on the World Wide Web.

    Take it online:
    Online Web Design Courses (Accredited Program)

  5. Marketing 101
    No matter what business you decide to go in, you'll be marketing something. Whether it's yourself or your sales product, you need to know how to sell.

    Take it online:
    Colorado State University (Accredited Program)

  6. Business Communications 101 (or equivalent writing class)
    Learn how to write memos, resumes, press releases, etc. You need to know how to communicate to the business world, in the business world.

    Take it online:
    Writing for Strategic Communication via La Trobe University (Free iTunes Audio)
    Business Communications Courses Online (Accredited Program)

  7. Political Science 101
    All of us need to stay current on political issues and what is going on in the world around us. An understanding of these issues will help us contribute more to our society. Whether it comes to our political stance, voting, or just general opinion, we need to be the best educated we can to continue a successful democracy.

    Take in online:
    Online Political Science courses via MIT OpenCourseWare
    Courses in Political Science (Accredited Online Program)

  8. Bonus: Entrepreneurship
    Colleges teach us how to be good employees, yet few teach us how to go about starting up our own business. This is the real path to riches. The challenge of someday running your own business is risky, yet rewarding. A class in entrepreneurship will give you a firsthand experience and practice in what it takes to create a startup. Many startups fail, so it is best to learn as much as you can by exploring the ins and outs of starting a business.

    Take it online:
    Online Business Entrepreneurship Courses (Accredited Program)

These are classes are recommended to any college student, no matter what major they are. These are classes you should take for personal benefit.