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Friday, December 23, 2005

One More Reason I Liked My Alma Mater

You won't find any of these courses where I went to school. They actually offer courses and labs having to do with... you know... your degree program. Here's some of my favorites from the list of the Most Bizarre College Courses:

The Unbearable Whiteness of Barbie: Race and Popular Culture in the United States at Occidental College in California explores ways "which scientific racism has been put to use in the making of Barbie [and] to an interpretation of the film The Matrix as a Marxist critique of capitalism."
Alfred University's Nip, Tuck, Perm, Pierce, and Tattoo: Adventures with Embodied Culture, mostly made up of women, encourages students to think about the meaning behind "teeth whitening, tanning, shaving, and hair dyeing." Special projects include visiting a tattoo-and-piercing studio and watching Arnold Schwarzenegger’s bodybuilding film, Pumping Iron.

I wonder if students will think those classes were worthwhile when they have to figure out how to pay off their student loans?


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