Thursday, February 26, 2009

The 15 Strangest College Courses In America

Check this out.

Here is one of our favorites:
The Joy of Garbage is a Santa Clara University course that actually deals with real science through the lens of garbage. Students study decomposition, what makes soil rot, the chemicals that give garbage an unpleasant odor, and they also learn about sustainability when it comes to the things we throw away. Classes don’t just study household garbage either, there’s also a section on nuclear waste. And topping things off there are even field trips, with students visiting local sanitation plants and landfills.
Of course, it’s possible to use a sexy tag to package a course with perfectly serious content.

We, for example, teach a course on the Kennedy assassination.

Here at Marquette, we have Phillip Naylor teaching “The History of Rock and Roll.”

But look over the list of fifteen courses. Some doubtless involve packaging a perfectly reputable academic enterprise in an appealing way. But some others involve self-indulgent professors doing “their own thing” to the detriment of students.



Anonymous OnlyILRepublican said...

I love the post, all the courses look hilarious. How about many of the classes in the theater department or Phil of Humor. Father Naus for the win.

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