Here’s the deal. Your ‘real life’ begins only when you enter college. For most of us, it means we are free to ‘par-taaay’, go on college road-trips and basically do whatever we want! But, here’s the thing though. What if you could have as much fun during your one-hour lecture as you would while hanging out with your friends? What would it be like to actually stay awake during a lecture?
Something that would make sitting in a classroom fun and interactive rather than listening to a professor drone on about covalent bonds. Something that’s quirky yet doesn’t miss out on the whole point of college education. If nothing else, give your inner weirdo a little breathing space during the ‘awesomest’ phase of your life!
Here’s a list of what we think are some of the most bizarre college courses that the world has to offer.
1. Theme Park Engineering at California State University, Long Beach
Most of us cringe when we think of having to study engineering for four long years. Why not infuse a little creativity into it and learn how to develop, run and maintain thriller rides like the ones in Six Flags Magic Mountain or Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi? Sounds fun, right?
California State University does just that, make even engineering attractive by offering a course of study in Theme Park Engineering. The adventurer in all of us would have such an awesome time if we were the brains behind the world’s fastest Roller Coaster or the world’s largest Ferris Wheel.
2. Puppetry at University of Connecticut
All of us have, at one time or the other, thought ‘Dance for me, my puppets!’ Well, here’s your chance to feel like a Demigod. The Puppetry course at UConn is popular offbeat courses worldwide. In fact, this prestigious college offers both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s in Fine Arts in Puppetry. Don’t think of this as a side-y course just yet. The training of the students is so rigorous that they have to undergo lessons and exams in theatre, costume, lighting, design and stage-setting in order to attain their degree.
3. GaGa for Gaga: Sex, Gender, and Identity at University of Virginia
This, right here, is a spin on gender studies which we would all like. Using icons of popular culture to exemplify Gender studies is something that ‘good lecturers’ would do. But to name an entire course after Lady Gaga and study her moves to teach what sex and gender do to the identity of a person is genius. University of Virginia uses this course to illustrate the implications of media, popular culture, sex, race and other social demographics on the identity of a person. An interesting approach to understanding and battling social issues.
4. Zombie Studies at the University of Alabama
Understanding the influence of popular media and popular fiction on culture is what the University of Alabama aims to do with this wacky course. The methodology of the curriculum itself is pretty rigorous, although a lot of it involves watching popular TV Shows like ‘The Walking Dead’. In fact, the professor who teaches this course uses the zombie culture as a metaphor for human culture throughout history.
5. Alien Worlds at Boston University
The main purpose of the course is scanning outer space for extraterrestrial life. Offered by the Astronomy department of Boston University, the students explore the skies and study the possibility of other life forms existing in the universe.
6. Harry Potter – Ethics and Imagination at University of Alabama, Birmingham
One of the most popular fiction series of our times, beating the popularity of ‘The Lord of the Rings’, it is an English 400 level course. Understanding symbolism, human culture and socio-ethics is the bigger picture. Drawing parallels between the ‘wizarding’ and ‘muggle’ worlds is not the only thing UAB does. Their Museum of Health Science also organizes an exhibition dedicated to the ‘boy who lived’.