Students who are in the mood for a change of pace during their current academic year might think about checking out one of the many bizarre and unusual classes currently being offered on our nation’s campuses.
- “Oh Look, a Chicken!” Embracing Distraction as a Way of Knowing, Belmont College – This class is described as developing knowledge “through embracing what it means to be distracted,” i.e. students to welcome and utilize the many distractions of everyday life.
- Theory and History of Video Games, Swarthmore – deals with “the historical, cultural and formal perspectives on video games, tracing their emergence as new medium, big business, and social force.”
- Physics for Future Presidents, UC Berkeley – How to become well-versed in “topics like spy satellites, medical imaging, nuclear weapons and energy conservation.”
- Joy of Garbage, Santa Clara University – This picks up where “Toy Story 3” left off and tells you how your “unwanted junk is burned, reused, shipped abroad or dumed on minority communities.”
- The Textual Appeal of Tupac Shakur, University of Washington, “explores the philosophical, historical and literary influences of the late rapper and activist.”
- Invented Languages: Klingon and Beyond, University of Texas, Austin, explores “the Star Trek language and Esperanto, among others.”
- (Mental Floss.com) – The Sociology of Fame and Lady Gaga, University of South Carolina, doesn’t hand out extra credit for “wearing a sirloin to class, but . . . focuses on the culture of fame as exemplified by Lady Gaga.”
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Deborah Lambert writes the Squeaky Chalk column for Accuracy in Academia.
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