25 Strangest College Courses

20 02 2008


Top 25 Strangest College Courses
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College is a time for self-expression, freedom from parents, the pursuit of knowledge and exploration of a new career. If Mom and Dad (or the bank) knew what kind of courses their savings were funding, you might be yanked out of your academic bubble and into a much more economical and practical community college. Read on for more of the 25 strangest college courses.

1. Mail Order Brides: Understanding the Philippines in Southeast Asian Context: If you’re an anthropology or women’s studies major at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD, consider getting your credits with this class, which is designed to “help explain the stereotyping of Filipino women.” While the class is expected to be taught in all seriousness, PhilippineNews.com reports that Professor Fenella Cannell “cautions prospective students not to submit fake applications for pen pals and/or spouses and to view the information as purely part of academic exercise.”

2. Tightwaddery, or The good life on a dollar a day: Alfred University’s demonstratively anti-capitalist course attempts to debunk contemporary culture’s popular myth: “Spend money and you’ll be happy.” According to the official class description, “On a theoretical level, we will consider how living frugally benefits your mind, your body, your relationships, your community, and the environment. On a practical level, we will examine personal spending habits [and] sharpen bargain-hunting rip-off-detecting, and haggling skills.” While they’re at it, maybe they can help drive down gas prices?

3. The Phallus: When the Los Angeles Times printed the headline “I Got an A in Phallus 101, readers were no doubt confused. But not so confused, we’ll bet, as the parents of the Occidental College students who really did come home with grades from the course simply titled The Phallus. Occidental’s Critical Theory and Social Justice department plans to discuss topics like “the relation between the phallus and the penis, the meaning of the phallus, phallologocentrism, the lesbian phallus, the Jewish phallus,” and even “the Latino phallus.”…

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