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12 College Classes We Wish Our Schools Had Offered

Stacy Conradt
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Editor's Note: The deadline for our $50,000 Tuition Giveaway is January 31. Rather than nag you every day with a post that starts and ends with "TIME IS RUNNING OUT," we've decided to keep the scholarship top of mind by re-running some of our favorite college-centric stories and quizzes. (Look for a sequel to this one with all new classes later this week.)

I once took a course called "Research Methods and Theory." It was as exciting as it sounds. I would much rather have been taking one of these 12 classes. From pop culture to maple syrup, these aren't your average lectures.

1. The Horror Film in Context (Bowdoin)

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2. Simpsons and Philosophy (Cal-Berkeley)

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3. Maple Syrup "“ The Real Thing (Alfred)

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4. The Science of Harry Potter (Frostburg State)

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5. Oprah Winfrey "“ The Tycoon (U. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

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6. Far Side Entomology (Oregon State)

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7. History of Electronic Dance Music (UCLA)

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8. The Future is Lost: TV Series as Cultural Phenomenon (Tufts)

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9. Goldberg's Canon: Makin' Whoopi (Bates)

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10. Muppet Magic: Jim Henson's Art (UC-Santa Cruz)

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11. Getting Dressed (Princeton)

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12. Biblical Model for Home and Family (Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary)

A real controversy exists around the "Biblical Model for Home and Family" course at the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. The class, for females only, teaches cooking, sewing, and says that wives should submit graciously to their husbands. OK, what I said at the beginning of this article was wrong: I'd much rather sit through "Research Methods and Theory" than learn how to "submit graciously."

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