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The Best Classes to Take at Auburn University If You Have Extra Hours

Participants work out at a group fitness class (photo courtesy of Auburn University Campus Recreation).

Sometimes you can wind up with a few extra hours in a semester, whether it comes from dropping a class or graduating early. Auburn University has some fun offerings for when you just can't stand to take another major class. Here are the top five classes to take if you can fit them into your schedule.

Active Auburn

Active Auburn is a two-hour physical education class that encourages students to take advantage of the group fitness classes offered at the new Recreation and Wellness Center. Active Auburn requires you to attend three fitness classes each week. Participants can choose from kickboxing, meditation, yoga, cycling, and more. The class is technically online, and does involve a small amount of reading quizzes online. The best part? You’re getting fit while getting a great grade!



Bowling is a great class for those who are looking to make some friends and improve their bowling skills. You’ll actually spend your class period bowling, which is so much better than listening to a boring lecture. Bowling is an easy sport to pick up, and relies little on athletic prowess. It’s also great for those of us who want to get in some exercise, but aren’t very athletic. This class fills up fast, so don’t count on taking it until you’re an upperclassman (photo courtesy of The News Herald).



Self-defense is a skill everyone can use. You’ll learn defensive moves from trained professionals that could potentially save your life. The class is taught in a friendly, safe environment to ensure the comfort of participants. For your final, you have to fight off two off-duty police officers – while blindfolded. Everyone’s final is recorded and shown during the last class of the semester, and students love to bring in snacks and laugh at the videos.

Scuba diving

College is the time to try new adventures, and nothing can top scuba diving. This class will teach you the basics and get you well on your way to being certified. The only con is that you’ll have to buy your own scuba gear, which can get pricey. After you’ve conquered under the water, check out the Auburn Outdoor Adventure Club for more activities that will get your blood pumping.


Members of one of Auburn University's musical ensembles pose for a photo (photo courtesy of AU Department of Music).

Campus Band

Do you miss high school band? If you have any playing experience at all, then you’re good to go for Campus Band. This ensemble does not require an audition and performs once a semester, which makes it perfect for those who miss playing music on a regular basis. Even though it’s low-key, Campus Band plays fun, challenging music. Campus Band is currently only offered in the spring, and meets twice a week. If you left your instrument at home, the band even has some instruments that are available for use.

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