Weirdest College Courses

Going to college means late nights, long essays, and intense exams, but it can also be a lot of fun, particularly when you get the chance to take an interesting elective course. Known as “bird courses,” these dynamic and mildly educational classes are a great way to jazz up your class schedule while still working towards your degree.

Here are 12 wacky college courses that could make your next semester a whole lot more interesting.

Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse: Disasters, Catastrophes and Human Behavior – Michigan State University

The way the world has been shaping up lately, it seems more and more likely that you will need zombie apocalypse survival skills more that you’ll need advanced algebra. So why not enroll in Michigan State University’s award-winning online zombie survival course?

In this class, not only will you learn about how humans behave during disasters, you’ll have to complete group challenges to prove that you could survive an actual zombie apocalypse. This course is so cool; it even comes with its own tension filled movie trailer.

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Tree Climbing – Cornell University

Ten-year-old you would be over the moon if they found out you could climb trees and earn a school credit for it. Part of Cornell University’s renowned outdoor education program, this tree climbing course teaches students the art of climbing tall trees for both research and recreational purposes, with the help of harnesses and other climbing equipment.


Enrolled students are taught to climb safely without causing damage to the trees and even get to go on a climbing trip each year to beautiful Costa Rica.

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#SelfieClass – University of Southern California

While some feel that the rise of the selfie signals the end of civilization as we know it, the University of Southern California sees them as “cultural artifacts” that deserve to be studied. Their #SelfieClass examines the idea of self-identity in the digital age and how society views race, class, sexuality, and gender in a modern global culture.

If you think this is a no-brainer course, think again; it used to be known as “Writing 150: Writing and Critical Reasoning: Identity and Diversity” so expect some actual work rather than an extended course in self-photography.

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