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The WEIRDEST College Classes

First Posted: 06/21/11 09:51 AM ET   Updated: 08/21/11 06:12 AM ET

College is a time to expand your horizons. It is a time to explore things you normally would not explore and learn subjects you never thought you would learn. The courses assembled below, however, take this sentiment to a new extreme.

Check out our slideshow of the weirdest college courses, and then tell us, did you take a weird course in college? Weigh in below!

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  • Hampshire College, "Historical Sewing Techniques for Practical Use"

    This <a href="https://hampedia.org/wiki/EPEC_Spring_2011#Historical_Sewing_Techniques_for_Practical_Use" target="_hplink">four hour long class</a> (no, we are not joking) put on in conjunction with Hampshire's Experimental Program in Education and Community, teaches students how to sew like their "great-great-grandmothers."

  • Alfred University, "Maple Syrup: The Real Thing"

    This courses explains every <a href="http://www.alfred.edu/honors/archive.cfm" target="_hplink">conceivable aspect</a> of maple syrup. You also get to eat maple syrup!

  • Montclair State University, "How To Watch TV"

    It is so hard to know how to do this if you don't have <a href="http://www.montclair.edu/undergraduate_catalog/view_requirements.php?CurriculumID=43" target="_hplink">university instruction</a>.

  • University of Texas- Austin, "Invented Languages: Klingon and Beyond"

    This course at University of Texas at Austin delves into the questions <a href="http://www.utexas.edu/cola/depts/linguistics/courses/8745" target="_hplink">such as,</a> "could there ever be a language based entirely on musical scales?"

  • Colby College, "Portable Fresco"

    Generally, people do not necessarily think of frescos as portable (Is the Sistine Chapel portable? No it is not). However, at Colby College <a href="http://www.colby.edu/academics_cs/catalogue/2010_2011/course_description/jjcrs.cfm" target="_hplink">you can</a>, "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" and then take it home!?

  • Evergreen State College, "Looking at Animals"

    This <a href="http://www.evergreen.edu/catalog/2011-12/programs/lookingatanimals-1274" target="_hplink">Evergreen State College</a> course discusses, "how we see, understand and represent animals." And there you have it.

  • Santa Clara University, "The Joys Of Garbage"

    All about <a href="http://libguides.scu.edu/garbage" target="_hplink">garbage.</a>

  • Columbia College, "Zombies in Popular Media"

    As a final project for this interdisicplinary course, students <a href="http://www2.colum.edu/course_descriptions/52-2725J" target="_hplink">must</a>, "foster thoughtful connections between student disciplines and the figure of the zombie."

  • Appalachian State University, "What if Harry Potter is Real?"

    Suggested by one of our <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/allejandro/the-weirdest-college-clas_n_881105_93565787.html" target="_hplink">commenters,</a> "What if Harry Potter is Real?" asks students, "How can the historical imagination inform literature and fantasy? How can fantasy reshape how we look at history?"

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