Starting my freshman year of college, I didn’t really know what courses to expect. I was required to take one Freshman Foundation Course (FFC) my first semester. Looking through the course list, I saw some strange classes available from Africa Served Hot to Puzzles and Paradoxes. Eventually I decided to take Beauties and Beasts, and the Construction of Western Cultures. It turns out that choosing to take Beauties and Beasts was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. We read and discussed fairy tales and even drew pictures on a weekly basis. What class could possibly be better? Unfortunately other people didn’t seem to enjoy their FFC so much, and my parents weren’t too happy paying for a class about fairytales. Thinking about my FFC, I decided to investigate what other unique classes are offered at other colleges. If you decide to go to college, these are classes you have to look forward to!!
1. The Science of Superheroes (UC Irvine)
Have you ever wanted to learn if Spiderman can really fly from building to building by using spider webs? Well here’s your chance……the only downside, you have to learn physics also. This class explores catching “damsels in distress” and superhero powers using Newton’s laws and other physic concepts.
2. Elvish, the language of Lord of the Rings (University of Wisconsin)
Henio, aníron, boe ammen i dulu lîn. Want to understand what that says? Well then this is the class for you and other Lord of the Rings fans. This class explores and teaches the elvish language as used in the film, Lord of the Rings.
3. The Science of Harry Potter (Frostburg State)
Now that the Harry Potter series is over what can we to make the adventure stay alive? Well Harry Potter fans, the science of Harry Potter is a “fun science class” that deals with the physics behind quidditch and other magic found in the Harry Potter books.
4. Alien Sex (University of Rochester)
Well eventually the world is either going to end or get taken over by Aliens so we probably should learn some Sex Ed. Now. Alien Sex is a class that explores the aspects of sex between humans and monsters.
5. Underwater Basket Weaving (UC San Diego)
Well since college is all about trying new things why not underwater basket weaving? This class teaches students how to make wicker baskets by dipping reeds or stalks of plants into water. This is the perfect class for a hot day.
6. The Strategy of StarCraft (UC Berkeley)
Of course UC Berkeley would have a class like this. The strategy of StarCraft actually involves intellectual strategies and tactics. This class is a creative way to learn war through a very common game.
7. Philosophy and Star Trek (Georgetown)
This wouldn’t be a list of strange classes without Star Trek. This unique class teaches issues discussed on the Star Trek series such as time travel, reality and free will. This is a lower division class, but with Star Trek being such a dense series, expects a lot of work.
8. Tree Climbing (Cornell)
Have you ever wanted to learn how to climb a tree? Did you miss out on the tree climbing phase as a child? Well don’t worry! You can always take this tree climbing class and experience that part of your childhood that you missed out on.
9. The Vampire in Literature and Cinema (University of Wisconsin)
Everything about vampires are becoming popular really fast. Perhaps it’s because of a terrible movie called Twilight? Anyways if you are an Edward fan or just find Vampires interesting in general, then this is a class for you. This class focuses on everything about vampires.
10. Joy of Garbage (Santa Clara University)
One man’s garbage is another man’s treasure! Who wants to take a class about garbage? Well if you do, here’s a class that talks about the science of garbage from why it smells so bad to nuclear waste. Expect to get dirty in this class.
Here are some college classes that many people might enjoy. Whether it’s worth the money on the other hand is another debate. The college courses are truly unique at each university and whether you like music classes or math classes more really should affect what college you decide to attend. These classes may not be worth your college tuition, but some of these classes can be valuable and incorporate some pretty advanced academics. Besides if you don’t think you’re learning anything at least you can still make some interesting friends.
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