10 Bizarre Courses In Universities & Colleges That You Can Actually Take

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It seems these days that schools offer some of the most bizarre courses, maybe as an attempt to seem relevant, edgy, or interesting. Regardless of the reason why the courses are offered, the fact remains that they are there, and there to stay. The real question is whether or not these courses are in fact relevant, or if they are simply white noise that gets in the way of a real education. The following list is a compilation of some of the weirdest courses offered in universities and colleges today.

The Sociology Of Miley Cyrus

It’s true that Miley Cyrus is one of the strangest celebrities of our day and has a really baffling life story. Skidmore College thought her life to be truly interesting and developed a course centered completely around analyzing her life.

The Physics Of Star Trek

This course combines two of the geekiest things in the world – physics and Star Trek. That being said, it is one of the most popular courses at Santa Clara University!

Studying The O.C.

This course, which is titled The O.C. & Self-Aware Culture of 21st Century America, and is offered at Duke University through their English department, is focused on exploring “hyper-self awareness,” which is something that the Millennial generation seems to struggle with.

The Hunger Games Course

American University decided to create a course that focused on the popular book and film series The Hunger Games. It focuses on important topics like class, politics, and marketing, and incorporates them with pop culture.

Learning From YouTube

While many college students today would call this course painfully obvious, it’s actually very interesting to notice the shift in media focus from television, radio, and film – to web presences. Pitzer College offers a course all about YouTube and what exactly it can teach people.

A Zombie Apocalypse Course

Michigan State University decided to use everyone’s obsession with The Walking Dead to their advantage, and they came up with a course focused on what would happen in the case of a zombie apocalypse. The course is about disasters, conflicts, and human behavior.

An Intensive Study Of Harry Potter

This course, which is offered in the Department of English and Study Abroad program at Central Michigan University, is actually more of an awesome vacation than it is school work. Basically, students read the Harry Potter series, and then go to the U.K. for ten days to visit historical places that are in the films or mentioned and described in the books.


Yes, the language from The Lord of the Rings book and film series was actually based off of a real language, Sindarin. The University of Wisconsin decided to create a course based on that language, and cleverly named it Elvish.

Politicizing Beyonce

This is one course that is guaranteed to be packed every semester. The course, which is offered through the Department of Women and Gender Studies at Rutgers University, focuses on Beyonce as a progressive feminist figure, and analyzes her music.

Pet Apparel Fashion And Design

Someone has to create those cute little animal costumes, right? And what better place to learn than in university or college? This course is offered at the Fashion Institute of Technology and is probably incredibly fun.