18 Jan 2017

9 wild-sounding college courses

When some people think of academia, they tend to imagine stuffy little offices piled high with old textbooks, or perhaps elderly lecturers droning in a monotone before an audience of bored note-takers. However, in truth academia is a living, breathing organism that not only observes mainstream culture but interacts with it and strives to understand just what it is we humans are up to and why. As a result, they sometimes end up with course offerings that might sound unusual, or even silly. Whether or not they are silly is in the eye of the beholder, but just for fun let’s take a look at some current and recent offerings.

1. Game of Thrones-related courses

Well, this one was certainly inevitable. A TV show that has slashed and stabbed its way to the top of the ratings would certainly be noted for its cultural significance. Here is part of a course description from the University of Virginia: “We will compare the ways in which HBO’s approach to the Game of Thrones phenomena both changes and cements aspects that Martin created.

2. Street-fighting mathematics (MIT)

Well, this one was certainly inevitable. A TV show that has slashed and stabbed its way to the top of the ratings would certainly be noted for its cultural significance. Here is part of a course description from the University of Virginia: “We will compare the ways in which HBO’s approach to the Game of Thrones phenomena both changes and cements aspects that Martin created.

3. Street-fighting mathematics (MIT)

Well, this one was certainly inevitable. A TV show that has slashed and stabbed its way to the top of the ratings would certainly be noted for its cultural significance. Here is part of a course description from the University of Virginia: “We will compare the ways in which HBO’s approach to the Game of Thrones phenomena both changes and cements aspects that Martin created.

3. Street-fighting mathematics (MIT)

Well, this one was certainly inevitable. A TV show that has slashed and stabbed its way to the top of the ratings would certainly be noted for its cultural significance. Here is part of a course description from the University of Virginia: “We will compare the ways in which HBO’s approach to the Game of Thrones phenomena both changes and cements aspects that Martin created.

4. Street-fighting mathematics (MIT)

Well, this one was certainly inevitable. A TV show that has slashed and stabbed its way to the top of the ratings would certainly be noted for its cultural significance. Here is part of a course description from the University of Virginia: “We will compare the ways in which HBO’s approach to the Game of Thrones phenomena both changes and cements aspects that Martin created.