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    3 May 2015

    Ridiculous College Classes Show Why American Education Is Screwed

     Fox News reports today that students at one Ohio university can now take a class in “Zombies & Gender in Pop Culture.”
    Many young people have an undying interest in zombies, so a southwest Ohio college professor focuses a class on them.
    Andrea Harris of Wright State University teaches “Zombies & Gender in Pop Culture.” Her spring class filled up rapidly, and she’s been asked to teach it again.

    The huge popularity of “The Walking Dead” series and movies such as “Night of the Living Dead” are involved. But Harris is quick to point out that the class involves serious academic analysis.
    Students examine social order in the context of a zombie apocalypse and what the popularity of zombies says about humanity’s future. …
    And at several other American universities, you can now major in Drone Studies.
    So, this recent news got us thinking: what are some of the most ridiculous college course offerings out there?
    With the help of the folks at The Economic Collapse, here are some of the most bewildering and depressing things our students are currently studying :
    1. “What If Harry Potter Is Real?” (Appalachian State University)
    2. “God, Sex, Chocolate: Desire and the Spiritual Path” (UC San Diego)
    3. “GaGa for [Lady] Gaga: Sex, Gender, and Identity” (The University Of Virginia)
    4. “Lady Gaga and the Sociology of Fame” (The University Of South Carolina)
    5. “Philosophy And Star Trek” (Georgetown)
    6. “Invented Languages: Klingon and Beyond” (The University Of Texas)
    7. “The Science Of Superheroes” (UC Irvine)
    8. “Learning From YouTube” (Pitzer College)
    9. “Arguing with Judge Judy” (UC Berkeley)
    10. “Elvis As Anthology” (The University Of Iowa) 
    11. “The Feminist Critique Of Christianity” (The University Of Pennsylvania)
    12. “Zombies In Popular Media” (Columbia College)
    13. “Far Side Entomology” (Oregon State)
    14. “Interrogating Gender: Centuries of Dramatic Cross-Dressing” (Swarthmore)
    15. “Oh, Look, a Chicken!” Embracing Distraction as a Way of Knowing (Belmont University)
    16. “The Textual Appeal of Tupac Shakur” (University of Washington)
    17. “Cyberporn And Society” (State University of New York at Buffalo)
    18. “Sport For The Spectator” (The Ohio State University)
    19. “Getting Dressed” (Princeton)
    20. “How To Watch Television” (Montclair)
    Are you starting to understand why our college graduates can’t function effectively when they graduate and go out into the real world?
    All of this would be completely hilarious if not for the fact that we have millions of young people going into enormous amounts of debt to pay to go to these colleges.
    Now that the school year is starting to wind down, commencement season will soon be upon us again. But in far too many cases, as these troublesome course offerings demonstrate, the only thing we end up commemorating is the further deterioration of the American mind.
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