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Funny College Courses

Updated on April 21, 2013

I’m thinking I should go back to school. After many years of living in the “real world” I believe I could use my life experiences to my benefit. I've worked many jobs, met many people, and done a lot of maturing. The last part is a stretch, but I've done some maturing.

Recently Rick Santorum called President Obama a snob for saying he wanted everyone to go to college. I’m not sure Rick knows what some of these colleges are offering. After taking a look at some of the classes out there, I'm ready to go back.

When I went to school it was all College Writing and American History. The run of the mill, educational classes which required homework and studying. The electives were slightly better but nothing like the ones today. Some of the classes below may very well involve homework and studying, but I'm willing to take my chances.

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The following are real college courses being offered:

Arguing with Judge Judy: Popular ‘Logic’ on TV Judge Shows (UC Berkeley) – Ever watched Judge Judy and found yourself wondering just what were the litigants thinking? If so, this class if for you!

Harry Potter Lit (Ohio State) - Can't you just take Shakespeare?

UFO’s in American Society (Temple) - Field trip to Roswell?

Stupidity (Occidental College) – I think I've found my major!

Nothing But A G Thang (Oberlin Experimental College) – From Nas to Grandmaster Flash, learn about the hip hop masters in this class.

The Science of Superheroes (University of California Irvine) - Leaping the laws of physics in a single bound!

Learning from YouTube (Pitzer College) – I feel like I’ve taken this one already.

The Simpsons and Philosophy (UC Berkeley) – Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, and Bart.

Philosophy and Star Trek (Georgetown) – Nerd Alert!

Queer Musicology (UCLA ) – I’m not making these up.

Underwater Basket Weaving (Reed College) - Basket weaving....with a's unbeweavable! Okay I'm done.

The American Vacation (The University of Iowa) - Pack up the kids, load up the car and hit the road. Wait, what do we do now? This class will help you.

Muppet Magic: Jim Henson’s Art (UC-Santa Cruz) - Sounds fun.

The Unbearable Whiteness of Barbie (Occidental College) – With her tiny hips and long legs, Barbie must be stopped.

Cyberfeminism (Swarthmore College) - I'm not going to pretend to know what this means.

The Joy of Garbage (Santa Clara University) – One man’s trash is another man’s …….thesis?

The Art and Science of Beer: History, Technology, and Culture (Indiana U) – I could teach this one.

Taking a look at some of the courses offered today, I can completely understand why so many of our college graduates are in debt. Look at all of the choices they have to choose from. I can go to sleep every night and rest assured our great nation will be in good hands with our future leaders taking these superb courses.

Higher learning is what you make of it. These classes have motivated me to go back to school, put my thinking cap on, and educate myself to the ways of the world. Armed with this powerful knowledge, I will impress my friends and coworkers with my prowess and intellect of pop culture, trends, and other meaningless subjects. So as I head back to the classroom, armed with a tv guide in one hand, a Ipad in the other, I know that I will leave a more well rounded, polished individual.


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    • weestro profile imageAUTHOR

      Pete Fanning 

      6 years ago from Virginia

      dwachira, if I remember correctly I believe it's based on how gay and lesbian people hear music differently....interesting.

      I'm sure you can find that out there somewhere Rachel! Thanks!

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      Rachel Koski 

      6 years ago from Pennsylvania, now farming in Minnesota

      Hilarious - thanks for sharing! I wonder if any schools are offering "The Lord of the Rings 101" as a prerequisite to Harry Potter Studies. Voted up and funny :)

    • weestro profile imageAUTHOR

      Pete Fanning 

      6 years ago from Virginia

      Exactly RicoShae, thanks for reading and commenting!

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      6 years ago from Ballwin, mo

      I would totalllly take Harry Potter. Haha. More like classes to distract you from the ones you actually need to get your major!

    • weestro profile imageAUTHOR

      Pete Fanning 

      6 years ago from Virginia

      Thanks for reading guys, judging from the comments it looks like the muppets magic class will be filling up quickly!

      Leah, I've heard about the America since the 60's, sounds interesting.

      Can't say I blame you wemomswork!

      Thanks riaha, I appreciate it!

      Glad you enjoyed it kayyluh!

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      6 years ago

      Haha this is great weestro! I will need to take Muppet Magic and the Harry Potter course! Thanks for posting this! Voted up and awesome. :) I hope this is the next hub of the day it's great!

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      6 years ago from Spartanburg, SC

      I wouldn't mind taking Muppet Magic and The Science of Superheroes. I think they would be interesting classes to take. Funny and interesting hub! Voted up and shared too!

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      6 years ago

      I hope my kids don't go to college wanting to take any of those. No, won't pay!

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      Leah Kennedy-Jangraw 

      6 years ago from Massachusetts

      As you can tell from my profile pic, I'd love to take the Muppet Magic course. And the Beer course sounds pretty great too.

      I guess it depends which college/university you go to- the most interesting course my undergrad school had was 'America since the 1960s' I took it as an elective since in normal history classes they run out of time to teach more current history.

      Great Hub!

    • weestro profile imageAUTHOR

      Pete Fanning 

      6 years ago from Virginia

      Jay-Z sounds like a winner! I think Hubpages should look into online courses Alecia, thanks!

      Glad you enjoyed it Kathleen, hope to see you in class!

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      Kathleen Kerswig 

      6 years ago

      What a list! Thanks for sharing it here. Voted up!

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      Alecia Murphy 

      6 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      I thought I was bad for wanting to take the Jay-Z hip hop course at Georgetown but Underwater Basket Weaving and Learning YouTube? Come on, no wonder we have such high expectations for those in higher learning. Funny hub!

    • weestro profile imageAUTHOR

      Pete Fanning 

      6 years ago from Virginia

      I'm sure you can find some annart! Thanks for stopping by.

      You and me both Millionaire. Dean's list here we come!

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      Shasta Matova 

      6 years ago from USA

      I would definitely love to go back to school and take classes that fit my interests, preferably without having to pay for them. It looks like the schools are gearing their courses for me!

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      Ann Carr 

      6 years ago from SW England

      Amazing! This has made me want to see what courses are available in Britain - there must be a few crazy ones here too! Thanks for a great read and a good smile. Voted up, funny and interesting.


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