Dec 01 2008
Whether you think so or not, college was a pretty easy place in life. Think about it. The majority of people who attend college are going there on their parents’ bill. There’s virtually zero responsibility and we all know well over 50% of people wind up doing something career wise that has nothing to do with their majors. I’m sure the number is higher but I don’t feel like finding the link.
So why not have a little fun in class? Why not create some courses that are least entertaining…. Bottom line, you’re not gonna be using this crap in the real world anyway, so you might as well be interested right?
Well maybe I feel this way because I was a communications major which leads to absolutely nothing. Or maybe it leads to writing sites like Uncoached. I’m offering up a class on sitting home and writing ridiculous crap for a living. That I think people would pay for.
In any event, here are some real college classes I wish I could have taken back in my school days.
A thanks to Mentalfloss for a few of these.
Grand Canyon – Tulane University
This is a course that actually existed when I went to college at Tulane. Word is you go on a 2 week trip to the Grand Canyon and write a 15 page paper on it. That’s it. That’s the class. You have to love college.
The Future is Lost: TV Series as Cultural Phenomenon – Tufts
A 13 week seminar on the show “Lost.” Topics include thematic complexity, mechanical complexity, literary references and philosophies. The course culminates with students pitching an idea for a television series to the rest of their classmates.
Maple Syrup: The Real Thing – Alfred University
This class covers every aspect of Maple Syrup from production to the products it makes. Really? An entire class? This is incredible.
The Science of Harry Potter – Frostburg State University
Basically this is a class that asks if some of the things in Harry Potter could become real. For example, if there really were an invisibility cloak, shouldn’t we know about it?
Magic Class – North Glasgow College
Teaching students how to create powerful magic using cards and coins, and psychological techniques such as predictions, mind-reading and telekinesis, which involves moving objects with the mind. Also, how to get chicks at bars using magic tricks.
The Art of Walking – Centre College
Students not only read literature by noted perambulators like Kant and Nietzsche, but go for neighborhood strolls with their professor and his dog.
History of Ghosts and Ghost Hunting – Ventura Community College
Taught by a guy named Richard Senate. Senate’s 40 students take no tests and are required to do little reading. They join him once a week for a two-hour class in which he lectures with the sober posture of a scholar who cares about his subject but maintains a proper academic distance. Check out the full article.
The Circus – FSU
The Introductory Circus Class is an overview of all of the different parts of the FSU circus from flying trapeze to rigging. There’s also a class called Circus Stunts at Triton College.
Bowling – Cosumnes River College
Bowling (PACT 320), is a co-ed physical education bowling class at the beginning and intermediate levels.” “I learned the etiquette of bowling,” said 21-year-old Quang Huynh, a general education major. The class runs from at 2:00 p.m. to 4:40 p.m. on Tuesdays and 1:30 p.m. to 4:10 p.m. on Thursdays.
Bowling for 2 hours? Best. Class. Ever.
Cinema and the Sex Act – University of California, Berkeley
Undergrads are required to view clips from Hollywood NC-17 releases like Showgirls and underground stag reels. Also, Porn in general appears to be sprouting up in more and more colleges across the country. SUNY Buffalo has a class where students have to survey porn sites. Man I need to be back in school.
Whitewater Skills – West Virgina University
Whitewater skills is a West Virginia University course that teaches the basics of whitewater kayaking and rafting. Get your feet wet in techniques such as leaning, bracing, spinning, rolling and reading rapids. Rescue techniques, navigation and proper gear care are also covered.
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