10 Not So Average College Courses

Forget economy and that astrology class everyone has to take (for no good reason). These schools are offering classes on the most unscholarly of subjects.


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Redlands University of California offers a course on the History of Tattoos. Students learn about the meaning and practice of tattooing in various societies. Basically, you’ll finally learn why your tía decided to get a Betty Boop tattooed on her shoulder forever.


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The University of Washington now offers ‘History 98, the Poetry and History of Tupac Shakur.’ The class uses his lyrics as a vantage point for examining race, gender and society. They also use Tupac as inspiration for creative writing. Where do we sign up?

Peruvian Amazon Field Course

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Sorry, ‘Pac but this may take the cake for coolest college course. In this class, a lucky bunch of students at Albright College get introduced to the “basics of eco and anthropological field design in the Peruvian Amazon.” Can you imagine a better classroom?

Cannibus Cultivation

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Colorado’s Clover Leaf University is the first accredited university to focus on cannabis cultivation and business. They offer courses like ‘Colorado Marijuana Business Models Making the Transition’ and ‘Understanding the Laws 102 Recreational Marijuana’ and ‘Physiology of the Wake ‘n Bake’. Okay, the last one was a guess on our part, but ‘Dispensary Management Procedures ‘ is real. They’re far from alone in offering courses on marijuana, even Harvard Law offers a class on ‘Tax Planning for Marijuana Dealers.’

Queen Bey

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That’s right, you can get credit for what you were doing anyway–obsessively studying Beyoncé and trying to figure out how she could possibly be so flawless. Rutgers University offers a course called ‘Politicizing Beyoncé’ which focuses on contemporary black feminism. The course quickly became their most popular class (duh) and the university then canceled it because it was creating such a stir. This, of course, garnered much backlash and they had to bring back the course. You can’t hold Beyoncé down, and we didn’t need a professor to tell us that.

The Phallus


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At Occidental college you can actual major in Phallus studies. You got it, a degree in D. According to LA Times, topics include “the relation between the phallus and the penis, the meaning of the phallus, phallologocentrism, the lesbian phallus, the Jewish phallus, the Latino phallus, and the relation of the phallus and fetishism.” So basically you can become the world’s premier penisist.

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Clown Science


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Though the term “Clown Science” may sound like an oxymoron, it’s an actual course at Indiana University, Bloomington. You can actually get a degree in clown science which includes requirements like “Make Them Laugh So Hard They Cry 101” and “Clown Stunting”. The school even has a Dean of Clowns named buttons.

Selfie Class

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University of Southern California now offers a class on selfies. No, you won’t learn the mathematical equation for what angle makes your tummy look flattest. But it you will learn examine identity, sexuality and diversity starting with your own selfies. They’re not alone, UCLA is one of several schools to offer selfie studies. If you’re having a hard time taking it seriously, just think of it as ‘Contemporary Self-Portraiture’.

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