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Culture Watch: Why Many Universities are Failing

We wonder why colleges and universities are in such upheaval these days. Soaring costs, spiraling student debt, and more and more difficulty recruiting students. I can’t solve the debt issue, but a recent list of college classes reveals a great deal about why more and more students are simply opting out. Read this list, and you’ll agree that the age of studying great books and ideas is growing more and more extinct:

1. “What If Harry Potter Is Real?” (Appalachian State University)

2. “God, Sex, Chocolate: Desire and the Spiritual Path” (UC San Diego)

3. “GaGa for [Lady] Gaga: Sex, Gender, and Identity” (The University Of Virginia)

4. “Lady Gaga and the Sociology of Fame” (The University Of South Carolina)

5. “Philosophy And Star Trek” (Georgetown)

6. “Invented Languages: Klingon and Beyond” (The University Of Texas)

7. “The Science Of Superheroes” (UC Irvine)

8. “Learning From YouTube” (Pitzer College)

9. “Arguing with Judge Judy” (UC Berkeley)

10. “Elvis As Anthology” (The University Of Iowa)

11. “The Feminist Critique Of Christianity” (The University Of Pennsylvania)

12. “Zombies In Popular Media” (Columbia College)

13. “Far Side Entomology” (Oregon State)

14. “Interrogating Gender: Centuries of Dramatic Cross-Dressing” (Swarthmore)

15. “Oh, Look, a Chicken!” Embracing Distraction as a Way of Knowing (Belmont University)

16. “The Textual Appeal of Tupac Shakur” (University of Washington)

17. “Cyberporn And Society” (State University of New York at Buffalo)

18. “Sport For The Spectator” (The Ohio State University)

19. “Getting Dressed” (Princeton)

20. “How To Watch Television” (Montclair)

What do you think? Ready to sign-up?

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  1. Gee, I don’t remember any cool classes like those when I was going to community college. I had to do stuff like math, English in addition to my primary degree cases (electronics in this case). I wonder how much farther I could be taking the above list?

  2. I almost died laughing at #1, #6, #12, #19, and #20. I guess college doesn’t make you so intelligent anymore.

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