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posted on Jun, 8 2013 @ 10:43 AM
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Ever wonder why those kids with their fancy diplomas in hand can't find a job or even talk in complete sentences? With most states spending more on their college football coaches than even their lead government officials you know something's wrong with the system.

On top of all that, if you look at the garbage they're actually teaching the kids in college, its no wonder our kids is stupid.


20 Completely Ridiculous College Courses Being Offered At U.S. Universities

Yes, there are some very highly technical fields where students are being taught some very important skills, but for the most part U.S. college students are learning very little that they will actually use out in the real world when they graduate. Some of the college courses listed below are funny, others are truly bizarre, others are just plain outrageous, but all of them are a waste of money. If we are going to continue to have a system where we insist that our young people invest several years of their lives and tens of thousands of dollars getting a "college education", they might as well be learning some useful skills in the process.

Listed below are 20 completely ridiculous college courses being offered at U.S. universities.

1. "What If Harry Potter Is Real?" (Appalachian State University)
2. "God, Sex, Chocolate: Desire and the Spiritual Path" (UC San Diego)
3. "GaGa for Gaga: Sex, Gender, and Identity" (The University Of Virginia)
4. "Lady Gaga and the Sociology of Fame" (The University Of South Carolina)
5. "Philosophy And Star Trek" (Georgetown)
6. "Invented Languages: Klingon and Beyond" (The University Of Texas)
7. "The Science Of Superheroes" (UC Irvine)
8. "Learning From YouTube" (Pitzer College)
9. "Arguing with Judge Judy" (UC Berkeley)
10. "Elvis As Anthology" (The University Of Iowa)
11. "The Feminist Critique Of Christianity" (The University Of Pennsylvania)
12. "Zombies In Popular Media" (Columbia College)
13. "Far Side Entomology" (Oregon State)
14. "Interrogating Gender: Centuries of Dramatic Cross-Dressing" (Swarthmore)
15. "Oh, Look, a Chicken!" Embracing Distraction as a Way of Knowing (Belmont University)
16. "The Textual Appeal of Tupac Shakur" (University of Washington)
17. "Cyberporn And Society" (State University of New York at Buffalo)
18. "Sport For The Spectator" (The Ohio State University)
19. "Getting Dressed" (Princeton)
20. "How To Watch Television" (Montclair)

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Click on the link for detailed explanations of these courses.

Thank God those Princeton students can learn how to get dressed in college. If not there, where else would they learn this vital life skill?
And, if they didn't have a college course to learn how to watch television, how are we supposed to know if we haven't been doing it wrong all these years?

Good God, these students put themselves into debt for the rest of their lives and crap like THIS is what they end up paying for. No wonder they can't find jobs in today's economy.




posted on Jun, 8 2013 @ 10:52 AM
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The only one i see there that is interesting and also supported by the military i bet is "The Science Of Superheroes" (UC Irvine)
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posted on Jun, 8 2013 @ 10:52 AM
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these are elective classes, not required for graduation, but I don't think they should be in the curriculum either. talk about a waste of private and public money.



posted on Jun, 8 2013 @ 11:02 AM
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Kids are still required to take a certain amount of elective courses to get enough credits to graduate and they have to pay money, usually borrowed from the government to take these stupid classes. Making crap like this available to the students ensures that a big load of the money they borrowed goes toward something that will give them absolutely no edge when it comes time to find a job in the real world.

Unless of course your new boss happens to speak in Klingon, then maybe that one will pay off.



posted on Jun, 8 2013 @ 11:02 AM
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Theres a book all about the physics of superhero's and its actually quite a good book for teaching physics using a novel perspective as it goes through all the actual physics required to work out that if superman can leap a tall building in one go how much force does he need to apply etc

And the learning the language behind klingon etc is another way i would of thought to get people thinking differently and could be of use to people in crytography or trying to decypher ancient languages



posted on Jun, 8 2013 @ 11:04 AM
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Originally posted by jimmyx
these are elective classes, not required for graduation, but I don't think they should be in the curriculum either. talk about a waste of private and public money.


Who are you to say? Have you attended one of these classes? Its "stoopid" to judge a book by its cover why judge a class by its name. Titles such as these appear on this site all the time, just to get you to look.



posted on Jun, 8 2013 @ 11:04 AM
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I know only a few college grads who actually work in the field of their study. Medicine, Law (or LEO's) and one accountant. Most community college grads I know however DO work in the fields they studied. They usually make more money than the University grads as well.
With less debt to boot.

I often ran into people with degrees in the military and most seemed to think it meant something.

One guy had a Masters in Anthropology and had the unfortunate tendency to bring that up as a way of showing his superiority. Until I brought up, “If you have a masters degree, what the hell are you doing as an enlisted soldier in the infantry!?” It was like all common sense had been surgically removed from him.

Then again, I also ran into quite a few people who did have valid degrees and found out that they didn’t like that endeavor. They branched out into something more to their liking and succeeded. And they were always pissed off that they hadn’t realized it sooner. They’d be less in debt after all.



posted on Jun, 8 2013 @ 11:06 AM
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Originally posted by Maxatoria
Theres a book all about the physics of superhero's and its actually quite a good book for teaching physics using a novel perspective as it goes through all the actual physics required to work out that if superman can leap a tall building in one go how much force does he need to apply etc

And the learning the language behind klingon etc is another way i would of thought to get people thinking differently and could be of use to people in crytography or trying to decypher ancient languages


I agree, this is a grate way to teach people. Connect it with something they love and they will remember it every time they experience that, tv show, movie, music ect...

This is a different generation. With different focuses. I would have loved to attended a science class that connected the rock band KISS to the lessons. I would remember those lessons every time I heard the music thus ingraining it to my mind.
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posted on Jun, 8 2013 @ 11:08 AM
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18. "Sport For The Spectator" (The Ohio State University)


It's called...Drinking and yelling at the top of your lungs. (And if you're from Cleveland, walking out of the bar with your head down.)

Hey, Professor? Can I just test out on this one and still get the credit?



posted on Jun, 8 2013 @ 11:10 AM
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Originally posted by TDawgRex



18. "Sport For The Spectator" (The Ohio State University)


It's called...Drinking and yelling at the top of your lungs. (And if you're from Cleveland, walking out of the bar with your head down.)

Hey, Professor? Can I just test out on this one and still get the credit?


How would you know if your not attending the classes?



posted on Jun, 8 2013 @ 11:12 AM
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#1 got a good laugh. I think there is a faculty member out there who needs a bit of counseling after watching Harry Potter a few dozen times too many.
If he were real? Well...That's like asking if Pokeman were real or if you might find Tom and Jerry running around your kitchen, complete with big hammers to pound each other some morning. What then? lol.... Now, the fact it's a credit carrying college course? Oh, that's pathetic.

Silly me.. I'm taking electives like Advanced Spreadsheet design and Introduction to Print Journalism where I can squeeze them in. I love my electives for being able to just explore various directions and learn what is really interesting and useful. Ummm... A course on Klingon and other made-up languages? A semester, credit giving COURSE on it? W
W...... It's not just some students who need to get out more and get a life, obviously.


Oh, to add to what Maxatoria said, there is a great book called 'The Physics of Star Trek' and I'd caught another one similar but covering a wide grange of science fiction movies (maybe some of the same there? It's been years)..anyway, those types of books are some of the most interesting.

One that stood out was the REAL description of what would happen if a giant "V" style 'mothership' came over Los Angeles or another major city for mass and diameter. It was interesting to read about how the physics of the hovering propulsion would necessarily squash everything below it, flat, like a piece of plywood. Ewwwww.... Not nice to do in coming to say Hi from a thousand light years away, eh?


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posted on Jun, 8 2013 @ 11:54 AM
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Originally posted by Wrabbit2000
#1 got a good laugh. I think there is a faculty member out there who needs a bit of counseling after watching Harry Potter a few dozen times too many.
If he were real? Well...That's like asking if Pokeman were real or if you might find Tom and Jerry running around your kitchen, complete with big hammers to pound each other some morning. What then? lol.... Now, the fact it's a credit carrying college course? Oh, that's pathetic.

Silly me.. I'm taking electives like Advanced Spreadsheet design and Introduction to Print Journalism where I can squeeze them in. I love my electives for being able to just explore various directions and learn what is really interesting and useful. Ummm... A course on Klingon and other made-up languages? A semester, credit giving COURSE on it? W
W...... It's not just some students who need to get out more and get a life, obviously.


Oh, to add to what Maxatoria said, there is a great book called 'The Physics of Star Trek' and I'd caught another one similar but covering a wide grange of science fiction movies (maybe some of the same there? It's been years)..anyway, those types of books are some of the most interesting.

One that stood out was the REAL description of what would happen if a giant "V" style 'mothership' came over Los Angeles or another major city for mass and diameter. It was interesting to read about how the physics of the hovering propulsion would necessarily squash everything below it, flat, like a piece of plywood. Ewwwww.... Not nice to do in coming to say Hi from a thousand light years away, eh?


Did you read the description on #1? It is actually a class about deconstructing misinformation. The whole point of this site if I'm not mistaken. The majority of these classes have very valid academic purposes. people on ATS should know better than to judge a book by it's cover or in this case content by the title.

And even if the content matched the title in it's simplicity it is 20 courses and in no way is an indictment of the education system as a whole.

I am seeing a habit that those who bash the education system are the ones who were not educated all that well.



posted on Jun, 8 2013 @ 12:02 PM
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Considering that you use "they" and "our kids", it sounds like you are not a fan of education. Are you perhaps using this site as an alternative to education - too?

Sociology and Linguistics may be oftentimes quite iffy as subjects, however, most of these "courses" are actually seminars, and it is quite common to give them fun names and try to use an alternative angle to things.

Seminars are not courses, they are supposed to be fun and interesting.

Then, of course it is always possible to find ridiculous courses. That doesn't mean that's what "they" are teaching "our children".



posted on Jun, 8 2013 @ 12:09 PM
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Oh for goodness sakes... lighten up.

It came across to me as a light story on a VERY slow news day. I suppose if I were doing a paper or serious report on the means, methods and specifics of wasting money and college credit? I would have pulled the formal syllabus for each of the items that were listed, read the course material expected to be covered and gained a full and complete understanding of what they planned to offer a prospective student.

Something about seeing "Kidz" and "Stoopid" right in the title clued me to the fact this isn't such a thread for the serious examination of waste and fraud in the education system....so golly... I just kinda went with the flow to have a little fun with a reply for a change.

It can't all be body counts and how people wound up that way to be counted, right? 'All work and no play makes the blogger a dull bunny'.



posted on Jun, 8 2013 @ 12:16 PM
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Originally posted by sligtlyskeptical

I am seeing a habit that those who bash the education system are the ones who were not educated all that well.


Hay, weight a minute, is youz be kallin me an unedjumicated doofis who don't understan what I is kritisizeing aboot?

Why, I resemble that remark.



posted on Jun, 8 2013 @ 12:17 PM
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I have a PhD in "Television Watching"...



posted on Jun, 8 2013 @ 12:23 PM
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20. "How To Watch Television" (Montclair)




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There is something that confuses me about this thread. Are you guys telling me that Harry Potter isn't real?!?


WTH? He's as real as Batman......don't even say Batman isn't real!




posted on Jun, 8 2013 @ 12:31 PM
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Listed below are 20 completely ridiculous college courses being offered at U.S. universities.

1. "What If Harry Potter Is Real?" (Appalachian State University)
2. "God, Sex, Chocolate: Desire and the Spiritual Path" (UC San Diego)
3. "GaGa for Gaga: Sex, Gender, and Identity" (The University Of Virginia)
4. "Lady Gaga and the Sociology of Fame" (The University Of South Carolina)
5. "Philosophy And Star Trek" (Georgetown)
6. "Invented Languages: Klingon and Beyond" (The University Of Texas)
7. "The Science Of Superheroes" (UC Irvine)
8. "Learning From YouTube" (Pitzer College)
9. "Arguing with Judge Judy" (UC Berkeley)
10. "Elvis As Anthology" (The University Of Iowa)
11. "The Feminist Critique Of Christianity" (The University Of Pennsylvania)
12. "Zombies In Popular Media" (Columbia College)
13. "Far Side Entomology" (Oregon State)
14. "Interrogating Gender: Centuries of Dramatic Cross-Dressing" (Swarthmore)
15. "Oh, Look, a Chicken!" Embracing Distraction as a Way of Knowing (Belmont University)
16. "The Textual Appeal of Tupac Shakur" (University of Washington)
17. "Cyberporn And Society" (State University of New York at Buffalo)
18. "Sport For The Spectator" (The Ohio State University)
19. "Getting Dressed" (Princeton)
20. "How To Watch Television" (Montclair)


I think one has to take this list into context with the time in which we live. Today, there is no more industry to need various degrees in engineering or study in physics. We have no industrial plant anymore or even a domestic space program. Over the last dozen-or-so years, the entire complexion of the nation's culture and ideals have radically changed.

This modern existence sees wealth gained not from study and hard work but from things like professional sports, politics (bribery from special interests now is almost openly accepted), medical and insurance occupations, real estate and executive positions in the international corporate hegemony. The great middle class has been replaced by the working poor; people who punch cash registers at the corner Big Lots store or flip burgers for McDonald's.

Going to college today really doesn't result in an immediate job guarantee... but it does assure that banker who owns the lien on the tuition loans so, you can be sure these courses are aimed at whatever happens to be trending. It doesn't have to teach the student a thing because no matter what, the outcome is the same.

The kidz are indeed stoopid but it is, at least in part, because there is nothing to lure them to being any smarter.

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posted on Jun, 8 2013 @ 01:08 PM
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4. "Lady Gaga and the Sociology of Fame" (The University Of South Carolina)
5. "Philosophy And Star Trek" (Georgetown)
6. "Invented Languages: Klingon and Beyond" (The University Of Texas)
17. "Cyberporn And Society" (State University of New York at Buffalo)


I actually think that those courses are interesting and can be decent knowledge to acquire.
The rest seems, at least to me, a useless waste of resources.



posted on Jun, 8 2013 @ 01:37 PM
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Its what you get when you put Academia in the hands of leftists/liberals.





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