While colleges across the country offer great courses to ensure that students learn what they need to in order to excel in their professions, some college courses offered are a little less traditional. In fact, sometimes they can seem downright strange. The following is a list of courses that sound entertaining, but seem a little weird when you take into account that they are taught by college professors.
- Underwater Basket Weaving. While this term has long been applied to college courses that are worthless and pretty much a joke, underwater basket weaving has been offered at a couple of universities, including Reed College in Portland, the University of Arizona, and Rutgers University, as stated in Ask.com.
- Maple Syrup: The Real Thing. Offered in the Spring of 2009 at Alfred University in New York, this course explores the history of maple syrup production. Complete with tours and trips to local producers and festivals, this course shows the processes the Native Americans started with maple syrup.
- The Science of Superheroes. This course is offered at the University of California Irvine campus by a physics professor. The course examines real physics principles by delving into the powers used by fictitious superpowers because students can relate to it.
- The Science of Harry Potter. Offered at Frostburg University in Maryland, this course is also intertwined with physics. This is actually a physics course that studies the magic portrayed in the Harry Potter movies.
- Daytime Serials: Family and Social Roles. Offered at the University of Wisconsin, this course examines the characters and topics of popular daytime soap operas and analyzes their relationships and roles in society.
- Arguing with Judge Judy: Popular Logic on TV Judge Shows. Offered at the University of California Berkeley, this course examines the arguments and logic of people on TV and their reluctance to answer simple questions. The course description clearly explains the course is not about the law or the legal system.
- The Art of Walking. This class is aimed at bringing walking and its importance back into a society that seems to be dominated by vehicles and other forms of transportation. The course, offered at Centre College in Kentucky, requires students to walk and explore nature preserves, battlefields, cemeteries, and farms.
- The American Vacation. Offered through the University of Iowa, this course examines the ideas and history behind the need for vacations. It is also a study of the way families of different races, classes, and gender plan their leisure time and what they do with it.
- The Joy of Garbage. Offered at Santa Clara University in California, this course covers the science and consequences of what humans throw away, according to Santa Clara Magazine. While students focus on the waste discarded by humans, other environmental factors, such as recycling, are brought to light.
- Finding Dates Worth Keeping. Taught by a relationship counselor and licensed therapist at the University of Sioux Falls in South Dakota, this course explores dating and gives advice on dating, breaking up, and building relationships.
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