Gotta Love Those Kooky College Classes

Gotta Love Those Kooky College Classes
Gotta Love Those Kooky College Classes
Today’s top universities continue to push the envelope and get downright creative with their educational offerings. However, some students don’t realize just how unusual some college courses can be until they are getting close to the end of their college career and realize they need to take an open elective or two in order to earn enough credits to graduate. Courses with names like Magic, Rituals and Religion, or Sociology of Popular Music suddenly pop up in the course catalog and students might stumble upon some random and kooky classes when they need to take courses within their own major.

Professors develop and offer courses with kooky course names and themes for three reasons: to draw students into an otherwise boring topic, to zone in on how an element of pop culture pertains to an academic subject, and to make a course more interdisciplinary.

For instance, a course such as Philosophy and Star Trek is far more likely to raise eyebrows and intrigue students than Philosophy: Theories of Consciousness. Philosophy and Star Trek is a real course offered by Georgetown University and part of the course description reads as follows: "In conjunction with watching Star Trek, we will read excerpts from the writings of great philosophers, extract key concepts and arguments and then analyze those arguments." That’s a pretty creative way to liven up a philosophy class! The professor used Star Trek, a popular sci-fi television show, as a way of getting students to really think about philosophical ideas.

Another example is a challenging yet fascinating course offered by New Mexico State University called Brewing Science & Society, where brewing your own beer and tasting it are a part of course. In fact, you’ve got to be 21 to even take the course. However, while the prospect of drinking beer in class draws students in, they are in for a rigorous chemical engineering course. The course uses the fun topic of beer-brewing to discuss the complex science behind it. This course is truly interdisciplinary, talking about the beer industry’s effect on society, technology, business and science, according to the course description.

As you can see, kooky courses like these are a way to let a spoonful of sugar help the otherwise boring medicine go down. So if you’re tired of college as usual, feel free to explore some of the more unusual offerings at your university. After snooze-worthy courses in college algebra and world history, you’ve certainly earned it.
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