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12 College Courses You Didn’t know Existed

1. ‘Zombies in Popular Media.’ Columbia College in Chicago. Learning about ‘ The Walking Dead’? For credit? Yes, please! More or less. 

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Via Flickr / Tobias M. Eckrich

 

2. ‘Science of Harry Potter.’ Frostburg State University in Maryland. It is as it sounds. Students will learn about the physics behind the spells and witchery in the famed books and movies.

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Via Warner Bros. / IMDB

 

3. ‘Cyberporn and Society.’ State University of New York. In this one, students get to watch porn online for the sake of academia. They then report on the obscenities of porn culture and its impact on society.

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4. ‘The Textual Appeal of Tupac Shakur.’ University of Washington. Undergrads at the University of Washington get to experience the late rapper beyond the grave as they study his influences on society as a whole.

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Via Tumblr

 

5. ‘Whiteness: The Other Side of Racism.’ Mount Holyoke College. This sounds like a plight for white folks and racism on their side, but it actually studies the white side of racism, in that it looks at the benefits and accolades bestowed upon whites throughout history.

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6. ‘The Horror Film in Context.’ Bowdoin College. No, you don’t get to sit around watching ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ and ‘Scream.’ But you do get to examine horror films from all aspects of society.

Via Flickr / Daniel Filho

Via Flickr / Daniel Filho

 

7. ‘European Witchcraft.’ Oneonta College. As you’d expect, students enrolled in this course will get to take a look into the rise of early witchcraft and the history of the famously accused witches.

Via Viacom / Tumblr

Via Viacom / Tumblr

 

8. ‘The Science of Superheroes.’ UC Irvine. Just in time for the multitude of Marvel and DC superhero films and trilogies and origin stories, students can’t go wrong with ‘The Science of Superheroes’ and the physics behind the guys in tights.

Via Tumblr

Via Tumblr

 

9. ‘Simpsons and Philosophy.’ Berkeley. Who would’ve thought there could be deep discussions about a longtime adult cartoon? Me either. But apparently it exists at Berkeley.

20th Century Fox / Tumblr

20th Century Fox / Tumblr

 

10. ‘Cannabis Cultivation.’ Oaksterdam University. There is no better time than now to learn the ins and outs of cannabis production. Next all you need to do is take up permanent residency in Colorado.

Via Flickr / Torben Hansen

Via Flickr / Torben Hansen

 

11. ‘Introduction to Wines.’ Cornell. Become a master at wine pairings and grab a box to drink for extra credit. Maybe. Probably not.

Via Flickr / Todd Paul

Via Flickr / Todd Paul

 

12. ‘UFOs in American Society.’ Temple University. We’ve all had those Sundays where we stayed in our pajamas or underwear all day and binged on UFO conspiracy shows on cable. Students at Temple University can get credit for their love of all things other wordly. Except, you know, pants required.

Via Flickr / Gerhard Uhlhorn

Via Flickr / Gerhard Uhlhorn

 

 

 

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