Most bizarre college courses in 2017: ‘Connecting’, ‘the’ Queer ‘Religion’ and ‘sexy’ vampires


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Colleges nationwide are the students about the tacos, the connecting and the country music “homophobic and racist” message — but those are just a few examples, as the classes, such as “Queer Religion” and “Racial Capitalism,” the new standard.

The classes are listed and explained in the Young America’s Foundation annual report of bizarre courses with a “leftist slant” that are offered in the top-tier colleges and universities throughout the country.

Many courses fall under the “intersectionality” — the hottest trend in the identity politics on college campuses, and provides students with the lessons combining forms of discrimination (i.e. racism, sexism, and classism) in relation to the marginalised individuals or groups.

Ivy Leagues to lead the list.

Brown university, the American Studies Department offers a course that makes use of specific objects “such as sugar, milk, vibrators, and Spanx” case studies “to take a critical consider how material culture informs and signals of identity.”

Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.

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“Try Socrates in the Age of Trump,” a course offered by the University of Harvard, the Philosophy Department gives students the opportunity to “determine why the Athenians killed Socrates” and the question “what should be done with people who spread dangerous ideas?”

Harvard also offers “tacos, Tamales and Tequila: to Eat and Drink in Ancient Mexico’, ‘Body Burden: Toxic Tales and the Politics of the Environment Racism” and “Leaning, Connect.”

Students walk on the Harvard campus of the University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Meanwhile, the University of Pennsylvania’s Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies Department offers a course called “More Human Than Human” which explores how ecofeminists and post-humanists are the dismantling of structures of “personality” and the giving of equal rights for animals, or “speciesism.”

Princeton University’s American Studies Department, asks: “Is science gendered, racialized, ableist, or classist?” a course with the title “Science After Feminism.” They also offer “Black to the Future: Science, Fiction, and Society,” “GREASE: The F-Word and the Public Body” and “Media Spectacles, Outrageous Citizens and the Democratic Possibilities.” The course examines “The Women’s March, Trigger Warnings, Black Life, and the travel ban.”

The students walk around the Princeton campus of the University in New Jersey.


Indiana University Gender Studies program presents “We are All A Little Crazy: Sex, Madness, & Popular Culture,” promising discussions “resting b***h face’ and ‘ is derived from ‘Yaaas, Queen!'”

The University of Michigan is the American Culture Department offers “Rednecks, Queers, and Country Music,” which looks at how “homophobic and racist” music “serves as a medium for multicultural social and erotic exchange between queer country fans.”

Washington and Lee University has a course on the “Campus Sex in the Digital Age,” and Queering Colonialism”, while the University of Illinois offers a “Hip Hop “Feminism” and “Queer Life, Queer Politics.” Swarthmore College Religious Studies Department allow students to take “Queering God: Feminist and Queer Theology” and “Queering the Bible,” and Carleton College has “Queer Religion” while Middlebury offers “Queering Food.”


Northwestern University has classes in “Outside the Binary: Transgender and Race” and “Medieval Sexuality.” The latter sees in the “fluidity of sex and gender roles in an age before “sexual orientation”; the influence of the resistance and the Christian theology, negative assessment of sexuality; the cult of chastity.”

Rutgers University, which recently fired a professor in the midst of accusations of anti-Semitism, offers a course called “Race, Gender, and Islam in the United States,” which looks at the “pre – and post-9/11 racializing practices.”

Rutgers University in New Jersey.

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Williams College has a course on “Radical Theories of Political Struggle: the Anti-Black Racism and the Obama Administration” and “Racial Capitalism,” which looks at ” the ways in which capitalist economies have always and everywhere used in the forms of racist domination and exclusion.”


Davidson College offers a class on “Race, Religion, and Donald Trump,” described as helping students “gain an appreciation for the sociological analysis on the intersection of race / ethnicity and religion by the life experience of Barack Obama.”

Perhaps the most bizarre examples come from the University of Kentucky, where students can study “Vampires: Evolution of a Sexy Monster” of answering questions such as “What is a vampire? Where do they come from?” To the DePaul University students can continue with the undead trend with “Zombies: Modern Myths, Race, and Capitalism,” the research “the development of the zombie myth as a reflection of OUR social problems during the use of the lens of the Post-Colonial and Post-Marxist theory.”

Caleb Parke is an associate editor for You can follow him on Twitter @calebparke

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