9 Crazy College Courses
Forget anthropology—learn about zombies instead
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 11, 2010 6:18 PM CDT
You mean I can get college credit for this?   (©quinn.anya)

(Newser) – Lady Gaga: Worthy of a college class? Apparently so, at least according to the University of Virginia. (For more on “GaGa for Gaga: Sex, Gender, and Identity,” click here.) The Frisky rounds up eight more college courses that sound insane…in a good way:

  • Zombies: At the University of Baltimore, English 333 is actually a course on the undead. Students will watch 16 zombie movies and read comics, too.
  • Wine Tasting: Really, it’s a class on wine tasting. Do you need to hear anything else?

  • Underwater Basket Weaving: You probably thought that course was just a joke, right? Apparently the University of California at San Diego actually offers it.
  • Comics: Oregon State University found a fun way to teach entomology: by relating it to the popular comic series The Far Side.
For the complete list, including a surprising number of classes about porn, click here.

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Sep 12, 2010 6:10 AM CDT
I would like to say that wine tasting in Europe is not just a subject, it is also a degree and career. For those who are planning to come here to drink wine and earn money... wine testers don't swallow it
Sep 12, 2010 1:54 AM CDT
Newser is sucking ass lately...
Sep 11, 2010 7:19 PM CDT
I'm actually in a Wine Tasting course this semester, I took it just for the hell of it. They actually call it "Wine Appreciation" and it's just what it sounds like, you sit around tasting wines from all around the world to try and pinpoint the unique features of each wine varietal. There are downsides though, for example, there's a maximum 6 ounces of wine per class and a mandatory spitting rule. All in all, the class isn't as glorious as it sounds, it's hard to feel like you're learning something sophisticated when there's a spit bucket assigned to each desk. It's an easy A though, and the professors are usually acutely aware of the subjective nature of wine; on one occasion, my wine appreciation professor compared the smell of one wine to a rubber hose and another to cat pee. Besides a nailing down a vague geographical region, wine-tasting might as well be a class in bullshit. That said, joining the class isn't going to make you a oenophile if you already aren't one to begin with.