Students are told to study what they love. For geeks, that can be difficult. Course names can be misleading. For example, a chemistry class through the University of Phoenix online offers no information as to what reaction would cause a bird to combust into flames and then rise again from the ashes. Also, no matter how many “night classes” you take, the professor never seems to get to the “good stuff” of swordplay and dragon taming.
There are certain colleges across the country, however, which offer the exact courses that geeks so desperately desire. So for those education-hungry misfits out there, we’ve compiled the ultimately geeky dream curriculum! Of course, since the classes are spread between numerous schools, along with required textbooks you may also need a Batmobile or Delorean to make it in time for roll call…
MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY:
Course: LEGO ROBOTICS
Description: Students study and construct working robotic models using Lego building blocks. It is the only course in the country where the TA is a 3-year-old boy.
Course: ZOMBIES IN POPULAR MEDIA
Description: Through literature, film, and comics, this course examines society’s ever-changing view of zombies. It begins with the romantic terror of Dr. Frankenstein’s monster and ends with the realization that a modern zombie wouldn’t even bother us; he’d just star in zombie movies.
Related Courses: MEDIA GENRES: ZOMBIES (University of Baltimore)
Course: EXPLORING BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER
Location: Portland State University
Description: The fact that this class still exists a decade after the show ended lets students know just how serious the professor is about it.
Related Courses: THE VAMPIRE IN LITERATURE AND CINEMA (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Course: THE SCIENCE OF HARRY POTTER
Location: Frostburg State University
Description: This class examines the “magic” from popular Harry Potter tricks and explains how they could be recreated by utilizing physics and science. Basically, the only magic left untouched, is the trick where a hipster professor takes all the fun from a childhood series and makes it disappear!
Course: 21st CENTURY SKILLS AND STARCRAFT
Location: University of Florida
Description: Through playing Starcraft, students learn skills such as resource management, decision-making, and pretty girl avoidance. Obviously, this is only offered as an online course.
Related Courses: THE STRATEGY OF STARCRAFT (University of California Berkly), SDCANDINAVIAN FANTASY WORLDS: OLD NORSE SAGAS AND SKYRIM (Rice University)
Course: ELVISH: THE LANGUAGE OF THE LORD OF THE RINGS
Location: University of Wisconsin
Description: Sina rant teaches lle Elvish. Nan’ manka lle il know Elvish, sina description is amarth.
Related Courses: INVENTED LANGUAGES, KLINGON AND BEYOND (University of Texas) and JRR TOLKEIN (The Kings College NYC)
Course: FEEL THE FORCE: HOW TO TRAIN THE JEDI WAY
Location: Queen’s University in Belfast
Description: We know you already have a full schedule, but it’s important to work in at least one physical education class, as well. So try not to complain about waking up early on Saturday for this course… you’ll thank us when startroopers are knocking at your door.
What other geeky college courses do you know about?