Ah… the charming chime of your 6am alarm clock, making sure you are on your way to first period, or your 7:30am chem class (what were you thinking in scheduling that!?).
Perhaps your mornings would be a little less grouchy if you were on your way to study the science of Hogwarts or the mythical language of Middle-Earth. With the rising cost of education, you can’t help but think WTF to the following classes but… we’re all secretly jealous we didn’t sign up for these literary electives:
1) A New Look at American Culture with The Hunger Games
This class, offered at American University, explores the literary correlation between Panem, the fictional backdrop of The Hunger Games, and the complex American Society. It’s already super easy to see the comparison between some of our red carpet soirees or high fashion runways (Miss Universe, anyone?) and the glamorous life of Panem’s Capitol.
I wonder if they offer class debate on Team Gale or Team Peeta (and what about #TeamKatniss… she don’t need no man).
2) The Vampire in Literature and Cinema
Interested in literary and mythological comparisons of Dracula vs. Nosferatu (and maybe the sparkly Edward Cullen)? Then sign up for this class at University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Let’s hope the class is offered during the daytime… and not after dusk… in a basement… or in a batty church belfry.
3) What if Harry Potter is Real?
First of, let’s clear this up–Harry Potter is real, and all our Hogwarts acceptance letter owls are just a bit delayed. But for the faint of heart or non-believer, head on over to Appalachian State University to discuss some actually very compelling questions: “Who decides what history is? Who decides how it is used or mis-used? How does this use or misuse affect us?” etc.
But, like I said, I’ll see you all in Diagon Alley when the post office clears up this drawn out owl delivery kerfuffle.
4) The Science of Harry Potter
5) The Science of Superheroes
University of California, Irvine offered a class exploring the “science” of gamma rays and spidey senses. They also explored what kind of superheroes might be imagined with today’s scientific knowledge. Maybe… Counter Global Warming Man, or A Million YouTube Views in a Minute Woman?
I’d also love to assume the professor was a strong-jawed, horn-rimmed glasses donner who mysteriously disappeared at the sign of trouble.
6) Mother Goose to Mash Ups
If you ever wondered any of the following–“Why did the London Bridge fall down? Is Rub-a-dub-dub really about bath time? Why didn’t an old man live in a shoe?– then this Occidental College class would be for you.
Any class where a paper topic could be Together Again: An analytical analysis of society, race, and Humpty Dumpty is a winner in our book.
7) Far Side Entomology
“If students can laugh about bugs, maybe they won’t squash them,” Professor Michael Burgett says on his class combining the study of bugs with the beloved comics. Burgett’s students at Oregon State University learn science and appreciation of Entomology while laughing along the way – a decisively effective learning tool.
8) Elvish, the language of Lord of the Rings
Sevig thû úan.
If you had taken this class at University of Wisconsin you’d know I insulted you saying “you smell like a monster” and would have an appropriate response like “go kiss an orc!” (Ego, mibo orch of course).
This class was taught by linguist David Salo, the actual person behind the languages for the films. How cool is that!?
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