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Classes on Zombies and Porn: Unusual Courses Proliferate at Universities Nationwide

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Wine tasting classes and becoming increasingly commonplace at universities nationwide.

Yesterday, we brought you the story of some of the more unorthodox  majors offered around the state.

We talked about the Popular Culture program at Bowling Green State University and the Professional Golf Management program at Ohio State University. Ohio State also offers majors in floral design and marketing, sexuality studies, and swine production and management. Students can study metalsmithing at the University of Akron, or viticulture, otherwise known as grape growing, at Kent State University.

Clearly, students these days have options. Dig down into specific course offerings and it gets “curiouser and curiouser.”

Pop Culture majors at BGSU can take a class on “Internet Communities” and OSU’s Golf Management majors can enroll in “Principles of Turfgrass Selection & Management,” for example.

But colleges around the country have been getting creative with their coursework.

Sex and pornography have been infiltrating college campuses for years – and not just in dorm rooms.

Hip-hop power couple Beyonce and Jay Z are the focus of college courses at Rutgers University and Georgetown University, respectively.

In fact, there is no shortage of lists of wacky college classes. Check out this one, which features classes on zombies and Lady Gaga, or this one, which highlights courses on witchcraft and Star Trek, or this one, which talks about classes in tree climbing and Harry Potter.

The New Jersey Star Ledger reports that this trend is big in the Garden State as well, including classes that teach circus tricks and the sociology of salsa. Dance lessons included in that last one.

But, the Ledger notes that these classes do have their critics.

While the growing number of unusual classes are popular with students, some academics worry they are a sign American college courses are getting too easy while schools in the rest of the world are becoming more rigorous.

The Ledger also notes that some view this phenomenon as just a great marketing scheme.

After all, who wouldn’t want to take a class on the psychology of fine dining – one that includes food sampling? It’s almost enough to send me back to college.

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