TV and Film
1. Game of Thrones
Where: University of Virginia
- GOT fans can rejoice because they can now earn credits by taking this awesome class. Both the TV show and the books will be discussed while topics include "life in the aftermath of violence, the value of honor, race, gender roles, identity formation and fan fiction."
2. Elvish, the language of “Lord of the Rings”
Where: University of Wisconsin
- Why learn Mandarin or Spanish when you can learn Sindarin, the official term for Elvish, and impress all the LOTR fans.
3. California, Here We Come: The O.C. And The Self-Aware Culture Of 21st Century America
Where: Duke University
- In 2012, Duke offered this course and used the teen drama from the 2000s to explore "the self-awareness of American pop culture." I really hope that they celebrated Chrismukkah.
4. Mad Men: Media, Gender, Historiography
Where: Washington's Whitman College
- The freshmen course discusses the serious topics present in the show while giving brain crunching exam questions such as 'Who is Don Draper?' and 'Who is Peggy Olson?'
5. Harry Potter
Where: Swarthmore College, Frostburg State University and Otis College of Art and Design, Oregon State University
- Yes, there's a real course based on the Harry Potter series. Are you freaking out yet? Classes like "Finding your Patronus" and "Battling Against Voldemort" use themes found in the series to teach important lessons.
6. The World of Downton Abbey: Revolution, Rebellion and Re-Creation
Where: Oakland University
- Aside from teaching history concepts embodied in the hit show, this class will also most likely teach what the hell is going on with the storyline.
7. Politicizing Beyonce
Where: Rutgers University
- The class uses Mrs. Carter to "examine race, gender and sexuality in America." I wonder if it can also teach you how to be a perfect diva…
8. Sociology Of Hip-Hop: Urban Theodicy Of Jay-Z/ English 2169: Jay-Z and Kanye West
Where: Georgetown University / University of Missouri
- The sociology course uses the rapper-mogul's lyrics, career and memoir as a way to explain how his work "deals with race, gender, ethnicity, class, economic equality, and social injustice." While the latter explains how their lives and music "incorporate the American dream."
9. Bruce Springsteen's Theology
Where: Rutgers University
- According to Popsugar.com, the class teaches "How Bruce Springsteen's lyrics interpret biblical motifs, redemption, and the cross between the sacred and the secular."
10. The Music of Radiohead
Where: Syracuse University
- Radiohead fans can take up this class not only to geek over their favorite band but also to learn how the rockers fit into music history and the music's themes.
11. The Sociology Of Miley Cyrus: Race, Class, Gender, and Media
Where: Skidmore College
- This Miley class will use her career as a way to explore sociological thinking about media and fame, and as a way to study race, class, gender and identity. Don't worry, I don't think it will teach you the proper way to twerk.
12. Michael Jackson: The Business of Music
Where: Clark Atlanta University
- Curious on how MJ built an empire as the King of Pop? Then this class is for you.
13. The Beatles
Where: UCLA, USC and Indiana University.
- Anything and everything about the 1960s band is in this class and luckily it's offered in three different colleges.
14. Lady Gaga and the Sociology of Fame/ GaGa for Gaga: Sex, Gender, and Identity
Where: University of South Carolina / University of Virginia
- These classes won't teach you how to create an over the top persona but it will teach you the effects that the Mother Monster has on society.
15. Spirituality and Politics of U2
Where: Saint Mary's College
- The class will basically teach you "How U2 is politically involved, using its platform to convey social and spiritual messages."
16. Madonna the Phenomenon
Where: University of Amsterdam
- Madonna definitely pioneered the role of sex symbol/ provocateur diva and there's no doubt about that. But if you're wondering about how she was able to make an impact on media and society then this class will explain it all.
17. American Popular Arts: Elvis as Anthology
Where: University of Iowa
- This class will explain how the King of Rock and Roll "influenced American culture through his music and movie roles."
18. 'Topics in Recorded Music: Sean Combs & Urban Culture'
Where: Tisch School of the Arts
- The class taught by Jayson Jackson, will explore who P. Diddy is and how he has affected the urban culture.
19. How to Win a Beauty Pageant: Race, Gender, Culture, and U.S. National Identity
Where: Oberlin College
- Don't be fooled by the fact that their field trip is to a beauty pageant because the course is very serious and focuses on "the interplay of race, gender, class, sexuality, and nation."
- This class talks about bubbles. That's all I have to say.
22. Zombies in Popular Media
Where: Columbia College in Chicago
- I definitely wouldn't mind taking more than 3 units of this zombie survival guide class. Because honestly, this is probably more interesting (and useful) than Trigonometry.
23. Underwater Basket Weaving
Where: Reed College
- You know what, I can't even explain this. The title pretty much sums the whole thing up.
24. Writing for Video Games and Emerging Media
Where: Ithaca College
- This is the perfect course for all the gamers out there since you will be able to learn how to design, write and make your own video game.
25. Topics in Comparative Media: American Pro Wrestling
- Apparently, this course explores “the masculine drama of professional wrestling.” Whatever that means…
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