One of the great advantages of college is the opportunity to take classes you actually want to go to.
With no shortage of interesting topics and creative professors out there, each school affords at least a few genuinely enjoyable classes.
From analyzing popular TV shows, to allowing students to teach their own class (yes, this actually exists) we came up with a list of the coolest sounding classes that we wish had been around during our undergraduate years:
Lessons of the Game: The Wire and American Culture
Williams College - “In this course, we will not deconstruct The Wire per se, but use select episodes from the series to explore key issues in Africana Studies, ranging from political geography to a history of Baltimore and the ‘War on Drugs.’” If the potential discussions alone are not compelling enough, the course also promises screenings of some Wire episodes.
Michigan State University- A class for those students who are looking to provide some next-level analysis of that Coors Light they are drinking at fraternity/sorority mixers. Parents, do not fret - the description ensures some class time will be devoted to the “responsible consumption of alcoholic beverages.”
Sex, Politics and Race: Free Speech on Campus
U.C.L.A. - College students are forever in disagreement with campus policies and perceived censorship. Consider this class a weekly therapy session to get those gripes out. Plus, with a discussion of “campus speech codes, campus demonstrations, student publications, student conduct regulations, and restrictions on displays of art and academic freedom,” this class may provide the roadmap for a successful occupy [insert school name] movement.
Physicists are People, Too
Sarah Lawrence College - This class may sound like a seminar for bullies, or a public service announcement, but it’s really so much more! Do you like contests, criminal trials and role-playing? If so, you may actually take college-level physics class. The course promises students will, “design and conduct [their] own experiments—and even compete to have our ideas for a grand project funded. And for those who think the threat of torture may have been a better motivator than the promise of money, we will recreate the trial of Galileo and take on roles as members of the Inquisition!”
Tufts Experimental College
Tufts University - Are you a student who is sick of people telling you which courses are “available” to you? The go to Tufts University and teach your own class. The Experimental College is a program at Tufts where students and teachers work collaboratively. First year seminars are taught by sophomores and juniors in good academic standing (3.2 GPA). Some recent seminars include: “Parent-child Relationships on Film,” “Making it in the Rap Game,” and “Pay to Play? The NCAA, Its Athletes, and Its Money.”
Vote for Pedro: A Critical Look at Youth and Popular Culture
Washington University in St. Louis - If you regularly visit TMZ and Billboard Hot 100 lists, this class certainly has some appeal. This class will help you expand your pop culture horizons as the subject matter includes, “Mexican street art, Japanese manga comics, American teenage fascination with the extraterrestrial, U.S. college sports fandom, various ‘white’ hip-hop movements, alternative ‘girl’ rock and drug ‘cultures’.” My guess is anything is on the table in this class, including Bieber, vampires and Harry Potter.
Magic and Witchcraft in Pre-Modern Europe
Davidson College - Sometimes, a class description does not do a class justice. The history department describes this class as an “introduction to medieval and early modern belief and practices that were emphatically rejected by the modern scientific outlook.” My description of this class would be, “take this class if you wish Game of Thrones was a part of actual history.”
Lady Gaga and the Sociology of Fame
University of South Carolina - This class offers students the rare opportunity to deconstruct a pop star. “Specific attention will be devoted to the role of: business and marketing; entertainment law; the old and new media; fans and live shows; gay culture; religion and political activism; sex and gender; and the city of New York.” I feel like you can probably get away with wearing some cool hats in class as well.
Cornell University - Even those who are scared of heights, or trees, will be tempted by this unique course offering. “A much anticipated highlight of our local and international courses is the tree overnight. We have the option of camping out on our tree platforms or sleeping suspended in hammocks between branches of the same tree!” Any additional commentary from me will not do this class justice.
Everyone’s a Critic!
Hampshire College - Have you ever watched a performance and then subsequently had an opinion about that performance? Me too. I also like field trips and this class offers six! “At the heart of the course is attendance at six live theatre performances. Upon seeing the performances, students will be expected to write reviews and often have opportunities to speak to and interview the artists involved.” It is always nice when your opinion is valued.