Strange and unusual college classes

Colleges and universities across the nation are offering some offbeat courses in an effort to attract students.

Here are some of the unusual classes found by Fox News:

  • “The Joy of Garbage” at Santa Clara University
  • “The Science of Superheroes” at University of California at Irvine
  • “A History of the Pig in America” at Xavier University
  • “Zombies in Popular Media” at Columbia College
  • “The Zoo: Conservation, Education and Recreation” at California State University’s Channel Islands campus
  • “Media & Society: Fake News, Politics & Public Policy” at New York University
  • “Kitchen Ecology” at Hampshire College
  • “The Final Four Experience” at Lynn University

Supporters of these unusual classes say they are a good way to teach subjects that students might not normally be interested in. But other people say the offbeat classes are just a waste of time and money.

29 Responses to “Strange and unusual college classes”

  1. Da Boss
    November 5, 2007 at 11:58 am #

    okay thats a bit wierd

  2. drummer
    November 5, 2007 at 5:25 pm #

    Honestly, I think that normal students would be MORE interested in these things that in the usual boring subjects like Math and English.

    • lyy
      September 6, 2010 at 12:51 am #

      Maybe ,a perfect answer !

  3. Extreme Rapper
    November 5, 2007 at 9:20 pm #

    waste of time :roll:

    • lyy
      September 6, 2010 at 12:48 am #

      I agree with you !

  4. B Bob
    November 6, 2007 at 8:11 am #

    These classes are awesome! Sure they’re freaky but they give a whole class period to play around and learn about funny stuff, it gives you a break! :)

    • mimi
      September 13, 2010 at 6:49 pm #

      if you need a break go home and take a nap or take yoga, and also at whose expense for these mindless classes. I rather take a cruise or donate the money at a good charity that makes a differance or volunteer cleaning laudermats.

  5. Exterminator
    November 6, 2007 at 11:10 am #

    I have to agree with Extreme Rapper.

  6. dannyboy
    October 20, 2008 at 7:34 pm #

    Should have some more unusual courses =]

  7. stber321
    March 10, 2010 at 9:02 pm #

    There is am mandatory class at the Occidental College called
    “The Unbearable Whiteness of Barbie-Race and Popular Culture in the United States”
    Another one at that college is “the accommodation of stupidity”
    At Georgetown University there is a course “the philosophy of star trek”
    At Centre College, Kentucky there is a course “the art of walking”
    At Alfred University there is a class titled Maple Syrup: The Real Thing

  8. Anonymous
    September 5, 2010 at 7:32 am #

    “The Unbearable Whiteness of Barbie-Race and Popular Culture in the United States”

    love that class :)

  9. old timer
    September 5, 2010 at 8:26 am #

    I’m glad I’m not paying $35,000 a year for my kids to be taking useless courses like these.

  10. Mel
    September 5, 2010 at 10:57 am #

    We have “the physics of superheros” and “area 51″ offered at my school.

  11. brando
    September 5, 2010 at 3:27 pm #

    If they’re free i’ll take a few, otherwise it’s pointless, it doesn’t go towards anything useful

    • Krusty
      September 10, 2010 at 7:21 am #

      Unless an instructor gives this class in his/her own home without a paycheck, it is not free. A total waste of tax money… again.

  12. hte
    September 5, 2010 at 4:18 pm #

    are these courses based for specific majors? some of them seem like CTVA subjects or the zoo one seems like tourism

  13. Minister
    September 5, 2010 at 7:35 pm #

    Bible Studies would be a better choice.

  14. Undergrad cat
    September 5, 2010 at 8:54 pm #

    The Final Four class sounds sweet! Where is Lynn university and how do I sign up?

    • Krusty
      September 10, 2010 at 7:18 am #

      Probably in Kalifornia

    • photoshock
      September 10, 2010 at 8:37 am #

      Lynn University is in Boca Raton, Florida and it is an actual university that has classes in such things as Funeral Home Management and also being an undertaker and other weird subjects.
      It is also one of the most expensive universities around, but if you can afford the tuition, housing and other essentials of going to a university then that’s the place to go.

  15. Ima Cracker - UofT
    September 5, 2010 at 10:55 pm #

    I’ve taken all of the classes listed , on this page , and without them – I wouldn’t have been able to finish Barber College.

  16. bad student
    September 6, 2010 at 12:15 am #

    im not very good in school and i even think those classes are useless

  17. lyy
    September 6, 2010 at 12:56 am #

    As far as I‘m concerned , it’s necessary for us to have the concept of innovation,but we shuold take the right road

  18. rave
    September 6, 2010 at 1:43 am #

    love that class

  19. Anonymous
    September 10, 2010 at 7:42 am #

    theres also a class called the psychology of facebook don’t remember what school though

  20. Gutterflower
    September 10, 2010 at 9:32 am #

    Ok. Some of this are pretty crazy. I’m currently enrolled in a class in the local community college. We’re using garbage but it is for a sculpting class. I can;t see how else one would use garbage.

  21. neighbor
    September 10, 2010 at 10:47 am #

    im in first year of high school so i like those classes

  22. Baldy
    September 13, 2010 at 8:06 pm #

    Back when I was in college I took a class named “The Techniques of Bait and Fly Casting” for one of my PE credits.

  23. nsn
    September 14, 2010 at 12:06 am #

    I love to attend such classes

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