Completely Useless College Classes That We Can Live Without But Choose Not To…
Since I work at a college, I am obviously interested in all kinds of things college-related. So, when I found this Huffington Post article, I knew that, even though I was pretty busy, I just had to take the 5 minutes out of my day to read it. The article lists out the weirdest college courses that are offered, and I couldn’t help but think of all the money that is wasted from students who enroll in these courses:
The first class that is listed is offered at Hampshire College and is called “Historical Sewing Techniques for Practical Uses”. I think when you first read the course description, it can sound a little more impressive and academic than it really is. Basically, they teach you how to sew like your great-grandmother so that you can make quilts and curtains (or should I say “drapes”? Old people always call curtains “drapes”). I mean, they should have just called it “How to Age Yourself Beyond Your Years and Repel the Opposite Sex” because there is no way that any other student will be impressed with you if you tell them you’re taking that course.
The second class that the article lists is offered at Alfred University and is called “Maple Syrup: The Real Thing”. I can only assume that this class teaches you how distinguish between proper Maple Syrup and that Aunt Jemimah stuff. Honestly, you don’t need a class to do that; you just need to taste one and then taste the other. Bam! You will know the difference in 5 seconds flat. We Canadians love our Maple Syrup; we start learning about it before we can even walk. Perhaps this class should have been called “Maple Syrup: Maybe I Should Just Cross the Border to Learn About it and Save Myself $1,178”.
The next class listed is offered at Montclaire State University called “How to Watch TV”. I’m sure that the university will tell you that they will teach you how to understand that The Simpsons is all about existentialism, and how Animaniacs was a cartoon that was really a comment on racial diversity and family dynamics, but let’s be honest here…they should just call the class “How to Do What I Do Every Saturday Morning”.
The fourth class listed in the article is offered at the University of Texas and is entitled, “Invented Languages: Klingon and Beyond”. Now, I’m certainly not a trekkie but I am definitely a Tolkien fan, so I somewhat get the fascination behind invented languages, but I can’t imagine actually taking a course on the subject. I mean, are they going to try to explain how Klingon and Elvish could replace Latin and Aramaic?? (Actually, if that were the case, I might take that class…). I can just see the class now filling up with Trekkies and Hobbits, utterly elated that they are finally justified in their obsessions. They should just call the class “Invented Languages: How to Use Them to Ensure That You Never Get a Girlfriend”.
Just over halfway through the list of weird classes we are treated to “Portable Fresco” offered at Colby College, where you can “learn the techniques of this age-old medium, as they make substrates of wood and lathe, grind pigments, and paint true ‘Buon Fresco’ on freshly laid wet plaster”. That sounds great. Always good to put something like that on your resume. They should call this class “Portable Desk-o” because you’ll be moving from one employer to another, begging for them to hire you with your highly narrowed skill set.
The sixth class on the list brings us to Evergreen State College where they offer a course called “Looking At Animals”. I’m pretty sure I took that class in grade school; it was called “Going to the Zoo”.
The seventh installment on the list is called “The Joys of Garbage” which is offered at Santa Clara University. I wonder if they would still call it that title if they were in Toronto during our garbage strike in 2009 when people had to pile their garbage bags on top of their roofs because there wasn’t enough space on the sidewalks for it. I can’t imagine why anyone in their right mind would want to take this class…and you can’t help but wonder if there are any field trips. I think they should just entitle this course “The Joys of Going Through All of the Stuff That I Leave in a Pile at the End of My Driveway Every Tuesday Morning”. Ridiculous.
The last useless course that the article lists is offered at Columbia College, where they encourage students to make a connection between “student disciplines and the figure of the zombie” in a class entitled “Zombies in Popular Media”. Can’t they just call the class “Nick Nolte on Celebrity Rehab”? I mean, it’s pretty much the same thing…
Obviously, these are all college classes that we can live without but, for some reason, we keep them around. My Alma Mater used to have a course just as useless as all of the ones that I’ve just listed; it was entitled “The Art of Bird Watching”. All you needed was one “textbook” that had nothing but pictures of birds in it, and the professor would just show you slide after slide of different kinds of birds. On the final exam, there were several photographs of birds and you just needed to name all of them. It was actually impossible to get below an A- in that class…it was, quite literally, a bird class.
So, for those of you entering college in the fall, please don’t make the mistake of wondering into one of these classes, agreeing to pay thousands of dollars to learn about something that will in no way affect your future in a positive way. Make sure that you take something actually relevant to the line of work that you are hoping to get into. If not, you may be destined to wander the earth for all eternity with your resume in hand, trying to convince someone out there to hire you for your mad 19th Century sewing skills.
And, FYI, just because you speak Klingon doesn’t mean that you can state on your resume that you’re bilingual…
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I am a university graduate, and I now work for a private college. I began writing this blog as a means to inform people about issues pertaining to higher education, both publicly and privately funded.
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