With the cost of higher education spiraling out of control, families are contemplating whether or not taking out student loans with sky-high interests rates and years of debt are worth the investment.

It’s no question that times have changed. College is more of a four-year summer camp now than ever before. More and more studies are finding that students are studying less and less each year

But really, who needs studying when accredited universities are offering classes with ZERO real world application – meant for those living in fairytale land? 

Here are the 15 most ridiculous college courses that you won’t believe are being taught at our institutions of higher learning. 

Try not to cringe. 

15.

“Oh, look, a chicken!”

College: Belmont University, Nashville, TN

Course Description: Students must write papers using their personal research on the five senses. Entsminger reads aloud illustrated books TheSimple People and Toby’s Toe to teach lessons about what to value by being alive. Students listen to music while doodling in class. Another project requires students to put themselves in situations where they will be distracted and write a reflection tracking how they got back to their original intent.

14.

“Demystifying the Hipster”

College: Tufts University, Medford, MA

Course Description: The hipster is a divisive cultural figure that elicits both envy and outrage, and some argue that it has run its course — but what exactly is (or was) the hipster? Are hipsters part of a counterculture, or are they just another marketing niche in the mainstream? How can we tell the difference? In this course, students will interrogate contemporary writing–both academic and popular–that claims to define the hipster, examining these arguments beside exemplary texts that have warranted the hipster label. We will focus on film, fiction, fashion, and music (among other genres and media) produced in the last twenty years, connecting these more contemporary examples to a longer history of the hipster that dates back to Norman Mailer’s controversial 1957 essay, “The White Negro: Superficial Reflections on the Hipster.”

13.

“Zombies in popular media”

College: Columbia College, Chicago, IL

Course Description: This course explores the history, significance, and representation of the zombie as a figure in horror and fantasy texts. Instruction follows an intense schedule, using critical theory and source media (literature, comics, and films) to spur discussion and exploration of the figure’s many incarnations. Daily assignments focus on reflection and commentary, while final projects foster thoughtful connections between student disciplines and the figure of the zombie. 

12.

“What if Harry Potter is real?” 

College: Appalachian State University, Boone, N.C.

Course Description: This course will engage students with questions about the very nature of history. Who decides what history is? Who decides how it is used or mis-used? How does this use or misuse affect us? How can the historical imagination inform literature and fantasy? How can fantasy reshape how we look at history? The Harry Potter novels and films are fertile ground for exploring all of these deeper questions. By looking at the actual geography of the novels, real and imagined historical events portrayed in the novels, the reactions of scholars in all the social sciences to the novels, and the world-wide frenzy inspired by them, students will examine issues of race, class, gender, time, place, the uses of space and movement, the role of multiculturalism in history as well as how to read a novel and how to read scholarly essays to get the most out of them.

11.

“How does it feel to dance?”

College: Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH

Course Description: This course is a guided exploration of the social and cultural phenomenon of dancing. We will dance in various contexts, exploring both structured and improvised approaches to moving to music. Whether you say ‘I don’t dance.’ or ‘I love to dance.’ this course is for you. We will experience dance, watch dance on video and live, read and discuss dancing, and ask the question: How does it feel to dance?

10.

“Patternmaking for dog garments”

College: Fashion Institute of Technology, N.Y.

Course Description: Learn to make patterns to take dog and pet-related design concepts from sketches to reality in this hands-on workshop. Instruction starts with the fundamentals of proper measuring on the doggie dress form to get the correct specifications for the needed pattern, including slopers for size variety. Learn to work with various dog body types to produce pattern pieces for garments, collars, and sleeves. Make patterns in creative muslin for dresses, coats and collars.

9.

“The joy of garbage” 

College: University of California-Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

Course Description: This class aims to highlight some of the major trends and issues wrapped up in the current global garbage crisis. We will look at policies here on the UC Campus, in the Bay Area, as well as national and international issues. Further, we will constantly be returning to the questions of why such problems exist as they do today, trying get to the roots of the matter. This requires a very multi-disciplinary approach, as these issues certainly are complex and often rooted in subtle cultural attitudes. Thus, we hope to bring ethical, political, economic, social, and other perspectives into our discussions and search for solutions. Guest speakers will talk to us about issues they specialize in, from environmental-justice, landfill design and operations, zero-waste philosophies, the pros and cons to recycling, composting, etc.

8.

“Queer musicology”

College: University of California- Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

Course Description: According to this course, those who are homosexual create and experience music differently than their straight counterparts. While many experts in the field see this as a growing field of study, most outside were quite critical when this course was introduced in the 90s.

7.

“The Hunger Games: Class, Politics and Marketing”

College: American University, Washington, D.C.

Course Description: The Hunger Games trilogy is a publishing phenomenon that has dramatically impacted American popular culture. Using the series as a case study, this course examines the interplay of class, politics, and ethics. Over the course of the semester, students will read The Hunger Games trilogy and theory discussing the text, exploring aspects of The Hunger Games and its cultural impact. Topics covered include oppression, feminism, food deserts, rebellion, the publishing industry, and social media marketing.

6.

“Learning from YouTube”

College: Pitzer College, Claremont, CA

Course Description: Students meet in a classroom but mostly work online, viewing YouTube content, commenting, and encouraged to create short video clips. One class member, for instance, posted a 1:36-minute video of himself juggling.

5.

“Science from Superheroes to Global Warming” 

College: University of California-Irvine, Irvine, CA

Course Description: Have you ever wondered if Superman could really fly? What was Spiderman’s spidey sense? How did Wonder Woman’s invisible jet work? What does it really mean for something to be a scientific “fact”? Explore how science works and what constitutes “good” science through case studies drawn from a wide spectrum of people’s experience, for example superheros, movies, and real world issues such as global warming. The case studies will provide the change to act as science critics as the students develop a better appreciation for science and the scientific method.

4.

“Lady Gaga and the sociology of fame”

College: University of South Carolina, Columbia, S.C.

Course Description: The course will introduce students to a sociological analysis of issues related to the work of 24-year-old Stefani Germanotta, a.k.a. Lady Gaga. A classically-trained child prodigy pianist, singer, and songwriter from New York, Germanotta began her meteoric rise in popularity about three years ago.

3.

“Juggling”

College: Reed College, Portland, Oregon

Course Description: Learn to juggle, starting with three balls, then progress at your own pace to learn new tricks and explore other props. A wide variety of related object manipulation and circus skills are available to be explored, including club passing, unicycling, contact juggling, poi, diabolo, rolling globe and much more. The instructor works with students individually and in small groups, and many local jugglers are on hand to help as well. In addition to surprising yourself and impressing your friends, juggling is frequently used by sports trainers to help develop eye-hand coordination, peripheral vision, and a range of other skills.

2.

“The sociology of Miley Cyrus”

College: Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, N.Y. 

Course Description: “From Disney tween to twerking machine, Miley Cyrus has grown up in the public eye, trying on and discarding very different identities onscreen and off,” reads the course description. “She provides rich examples for analyzing aspects of intersectional identities and media representation.”

1.

“How to watch television” 

College: Montclair State University, Montclair, N.J. 

Course Description: This course, open to both broadcasting majors and non-majors, is about analyzing television in the ways and to the extent to which it needs to be understood by its audience. The aim is for students to critically evaluate the role and impact of television in their lives as well as in the life of the culture. The means to achieve this aim is an approach that combines media theory and criticism with media education.

 

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  • ostkrieg

    Most of these courses have sexy and funny titles. Blame this on the trend to turn universities into big businesses and the hiring of marketing and managing “experts.” They’ve been telling professors they don’t want courses to have boring titles, such as ” Introduction to seismology,” or “Introduction to the sociology and theory of media and print culture” and so on, because the students are not attracted to them.

    Some of these courses have serious and genuine contents, but not all. And there are also “rock star” professors who are wildly popular with students, and who teach mainly through twitter and Facebook, ask students to analyze youtube videos, and take students to rock concerts. It is all the disneylandization of the university. And it is going to get worse.

    • Hey Now

      You literally just made that up I have never heard of that happening lol

      • perhaps your hearing is off because your head is rammed so far up your ass

        • Hey Now

          That could very well be true…but, in all of the campuses I’ve visited and students I know, I can confirm your claims are grade A malarkey.

          • mental patients at the asylum don’t count. Nice try, but the grownups need you to go away and finish your coloring book

          • Hey Now

            How Christlike 🙂

      • Craig Watts

        So far I’ve located colleges that teach dancing, beer making, how to throw a Zoo Party, how to be emotional, the Art of Texting, Walk, Jog and Run, Marijuana Classes, Zombies, fly fishing, Cyborg Anthropology, Bad Movies, How to Watch TV, and there are plenty more.

        Some where out there is a student with a dream…
        There is also a local fast-food joint with an opening…
        There is also a vacant corner and a open cardboard box…
        I think there is a connection.
        Some lucky student is going to get the education of their life, a job and a new house.

        • Hey Now

          *They offer classes…not majors… in those subjects. Which, all, whether you like it or not, are all facets of our society and thus deserve scholarly study.

          But hey, credit to you for coming to a year-old thread and still being wrong.

          • Craig Watts

            Who gives a $hit. Let them blow their wads on the fun stuff if they want. They can take out the loans and pay for it.
            As for the year… why did you come back? Looking for college advice?

  • MeReagan

    So Californians shouldn’t learn about the effects of Earthquakes?

  • Hey Now

    Most of these courses can train one in their respective majors. The entire premise for this article is bullshit.

    • MeReagan

      couldn’t agree more.

    • Hey Then

      Explain to me how juggling trains a student in their respective major? is Reed College actually a clown college?

      • Hey Now

        Learn to read. I said most. And if Reed is a clown college, I’m sure they’re looking forward to hearing from you.

      • Craig Watts

        It trains them for “major” juggling… more than two balls at a time. The skill comes in handy when dishing out multiple orders of fries at McDonald’s. If they get the bowling pins down pat, they might even be able to swing a job at a fried chicken place.

    • No, the premise that anyone should pay actual money for some idiot course that does NOTHING to train you for the real world is bullshit

      • Hey Now

        Last time I checked, college (and these courses) are entirely voluntary. Try harder, haha.

        • Colleges get BILLIONS of federal tax dollars every year, so every grownup in this country who works and pays taxes gets to INVOLUNTARILY foot the bill for this useless horseshit masquerading as “learning”.

          Here’s your blankie; here’s your sippee cup. Now go take your nap, the grownups need to have some alone time away from you

          • Hey Now

            4-percent of the federal dollars goes to the entire Department of Education. How you think private universities themselves are too much is hilarious. Also checked out your website – you’re a loon, so I’m not even really sure why I’m wasting my time lol.

          • there are no “private” universities: they all have students getting Pell grants and other federally financed aid packages, to say nothing of government backed student loans, which currently weigh in at over one TRILLION dollars worth. Everyone who works for a living and pays taxes is on the hook for this one way or the other.
            Nice try with the red herring non-issue, but this has NOTHING to do with the Department of Education

          • Hey Now

            Yawn. Pell grants are provided to STUDENTS not the university. You cannot write that off as income from the government. Otherwise, you would be referring to the students as public entities too. Doesn’t that make YOU a socialist?!

          • And the money GOES to the university, meaning THEY get the cash. Just because its routed through students doesn’t make it any less a federal subsidy of colleges.

            Stop yawning and wake the hell up

          • Craig Watts

            Pell grants constitute tax dollars, the bill for which is left to taxpayers to cover.
            Should a student actually end up in a career which adds to the national brain trust and provides the student with the ability to add to society, great. But if the student decides to spend his or her entire time in college taking course that amount to nothing more than feel good classes which only improve their underwater basket weaving skills, then the taxpayers should be able to decide when and if such grants should be provided. Obviously, students who focus on educations which do not lead to actual jobs should be cut from the list.

          • Hey Now

            “Pell grants constitute tax dollars, the bill for which is left to taxpayers to cover.”

            Using that logic, so is that social security check of yours. You dolt.

          • Craig Watts

            You can’t possibly be that uninformed. Social Security is, and always has been a retirement insurance program forced upon the taxpayers by the Federal Government when they needed access to cash. Hence, the term “pension plan.” The fact that everyone else has been able to draw money from the system without paying into it is simply more proof those in charge don’t have a damn clue as to how to get anything done right. The ACA is a throw-off of the same system… force everyone to pay for an insurance that is controlled by the Government, from which funds can be extracted from taxpayers to fund other programs… some of which does include expensive health coverage that would not be able to compete in an open market. But then, no one ever really expected all of the money collected under the guise of the ACA to actually go to health services… and it don’t.

        • Craig Watts

          Of course… it’s all voluntary. So is taking on massive amounts of debt for pay for such rubbish. I don’t recommend it, but plenty of college students make that choice every year, and no one should feel sorry for anyone stupid enough to do so.

          Getting drunk and passing out on a beach during Spring Break, only to wake to a pack of new friends in the country poky and some great photos the whole family can enjoy (courtesy of the local PD) is also voluntary. I wouldn’t recommend that either, but every year plenty of students make that choice too, and I don’t feel sorry for them either.

          • Hey Now

            You have a very Hollywood unrealistic image in your head of what college is.

          • Craig Watts

            Yeah… I probably picked that up when I was earning my masters degree.

          • Hey Now

            I didn’t know Liberty University or University of Phoenix had a Masters program now. Good for you, bud!

    • Voice_of_Reason

      And many majors are bullshit.

      Even in the worst of the recession in 2009, small manufacturing companies could not find enough skilled machinists; these skills used to be taught in high schools and votech schools.

      Plenty of sociology majors and people with other useless degress still can’t find work in 2015, even though they paid for an expensive degree. About 1/2 of recent college grads cannot find a good full time job.

      The feds and state governments subsidize this insanity. No one would pay for some of these degrees if they had to pay their own money out of pocket.

      • Hey Now

        Oh of course. Just like climate change, college is just another conspiracy from the federal government.

        Here’s a thought: People pick their own majors! Financial aid is never a factor in one’s major.

        Unless, your argument is to make college less accessible to poor people so small manufacturing companies have workers? Then – well you’re just a whole nuther breed of stupid.

        • Voice_of_Reason

          your first sentence is a non sequitur.

          I agree that people should pick their own majors, IF they are paying their own way. If society is paying, then society should DEMAND something useful. otherwise, all that occurs is that many people waste 4-5 years goofing off out of the labor pool, rack up debt, and end up working retail or some other low paying job that has no relationship to their degrees after graduation.

          as far as affordability, tuition costs have increased far faster than the rate of inflation. A major cost driver is that it is way too easy to get a college degree today due to college loans and other programs. these programs have driven up demand for useless degrees such as sociology, gender studies, art history, etc.

          Almost no one would pay out of pocket for an art history degree, but easy financing makes it seem like a better deal than it actually is.

        • Craig Watts

          I believe everyone should pick their own major… and if they are stupid enough to take a course that lands them in the poor house instead of a job, then they will have been given a free course at the University of Tough Knocks… possibly, Life 101.
          Besides… McDonald’s is always looking for good help.