Students at Michigan State University will soon learn how to deal with a zombie invasion.
MSU is offering a seven week course over the summer about how human behavior changes during catastrophes, both historical and hypothetical -- including zombie epidemics.
"Though the topic is serious and worthy of academic study, the challenges presented in surviving a hypothetical zombie pandemic have real-world applications," Glenn Stutzky, the creator of the course told WXYZ. "After all, zombies make everything more interesting.”
The course will study aspects of anthropology, sociology and geology, and is worth two credits.
Stutzky has already created a video and YouTube channel for the class.
Check out what other colleges are teaching students about the living dead:
Southeast Community College offered Zombie Preparedness 101 in October 2011. It was only a four-hour course on a weekend and was initially limited to 25 people. However, instructor Lawrence Hernandez said there might be a benefit to having more people in the class as "zombies come in hordes."
In 2010, the University of Baltimore started a Zombie 101 English course. The class was taught by Arnold Blumberg, who wrote Zombiemania. The students watched zombie movies, and wrote a zombie movie script instead of an end-of-year term paper. Photo Credit: M Chambers
Harvard prof Dr. Steven Schlozman may not be teaching a class on zombies, but he did write a book entitled The Zombie Autopsies. The book follows "Dr. Stanley Blum," a doctor studying the neuroscience of the undead during a zombie apocalypse.
At Columbia College in Chicago, you can take Zombies in Popular Media. The course "explores the history, significance, and representation of the zombie as a figure in horror and fantasy texts." Be warned: there's apparently an intense schedule! Photo Credit
In 2010 Jeffrey Mantz, an assistant professor at GMU, taught an anthropology class on Zombies. Students read Zombie literature and viewed Zombie films. In the syllabus, Mantz wrote: "Though [zombies] devour us and are rapacious in their intent to exterminate us from existence, in some ways we need them just as much as they need us. This course thus proceeds with the premise that you must learn to admire and appreciate them, before you bash their skulls in with well-fashioned blunt instruments." Credit