If you’ve ever gazed at Miley Cyrus twerking on an awards show or in a music video and thought, “Man, I’d really like to study her hard for a summer,” good news! Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, is now offering a course on the former Hannah Montana star. It’s called “The Sociology of Miley Cyrus: Race, Class, Gender and Media.”
While this class sounds pretty ridiculous, it’s far from the weirdest college course in North America. There’s also a Beyoncé class at Rutgers, and a slew of schools, including Harvard, teach classes on The Wire. Below, here are seven of the most unusual college courses you can take. Note: don’t let your parents see this article or they might pull their tuition money.
Zombies in Popular Media, Columbia College in Chicago, Illinois
Enjoy The Walking Dead? Then you’ll want to enroll in this course. It explores the use of zombies in modern culture, as well as the history and significance of the undead. The final project asks you to form a thoughtful connection between student disciplines and zombies. We’re not sure what that means, but hey, who cares. Bring on World War Z!
Looking at Animals, The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington
If you’re the type of person who could walk around the zoo for an entire weekend and not get bored, you’ll probably love this course. It explores how we look at animals in our culture, and it contains lectures, readings and seminars about how animals are portrayed in film, literature and art. You’ll even draw some animals and get to zero-in on one creature of your choice. We got dibs on the cougar!
Students watch a variety of YouTube videos and draw conclusions about what it says about modern culture. Sounds like you already might be taking this course without even knowing it.
The Joys of Garbage, Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California
This class is garbage. Or at least, it concerns garbage. Taught by Santa Clara’s director of campus and community programs, this course covers the science and consequences of what people consume and discard. You’ll learn which waste breaks down and which waste doesn’t, and you’ll even take a field trip to an “environmental service destination.” Which we’re pretty sure just means the dump.
How to Watch Television, Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey
Much like the “TV” class referenced in the underrated movie Blue Chips, this course analyzes television from all angles. The goal is for students to evaluate the role and impact television has had on their lives. Safe to say, if Mike Teavee from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory attends Montclair State, he’s taking this course. He may even be teaching it.
Gossip, Cornell University in Ithaca, New York
This class is less TMZ and more… philosophical. You’ll explore the tradition of gossip in our culture, as well as how it’s been recently reevaluated in our society. It’ll also contain reading assignments of works on the subject by theorists such as Kant, Freud and Kierkegaard. And you know a class is legit when it includes Kierkegaard.
Learning from YouTube, Pitzer College in Claremont, California
Billed as the first college course of its kind, this class is all about YouTube. Students watch a variety of YouTube videos and draw their own conclusions about what it says about modern culture. Sounds like you already might be taking this course without even knowing it.
The Science of Batman, University of Victoria in Victoria, B.C.
And finally, this Canadian course examines the physical potential of man through an exploration of Batman. Or something. Basically, you’ll look at all the crazy stunts Bruce Wayne does when he puts on the bat mask, and you’ll figure out what exercises you’d have to do in order to pull off moves like that. So it’s sort of like Kinesiology 101 meets DC Comics. (We think.) No word on a graduate-level course on Bane.