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so are you finally admitting that you sympathize with young republicans?

Posted by wf | January 8, 2007 1:54 AM

if you ask me, the claremont colleges all got the shaft as well. i don't really feel like perusing course catalogs right now though.

Posted by cook | January 8, 2007 2:34 AM

The party that has conrolled the national government and at least half the individuals in the country are obsessed with penises. Why wouldn't that be an appropriate subject for a stand alone course at a university. And all of those courses look as relevant to understanding the modern world as Ancient Greek History 202.

I did think it was funny that the Phallus course, CTSJ 342, had a prerequisite.

I thought the Border Crossings course looked like the most interesting one of the bunch. I'm a little baffled by Queer Musicology, but that may be a Southern California reality lost on me.

Posted by mirror | January 8, 2007 6:59 AM

I go to Lang College, part of the New School in New York City and we offer a course called, I kid you not, the "Sound of Stephen Sondheim". Oh and we're offering a course next semester called "What Type of Thing is Religion?"

Why aren't we on the list?

Posted by Linh | January 8, 2007 9:05 AM

MOUNT HOLYOKE!!!! Yeah Baby! That's where I went. I think that a class on Whiteness is important. If the young repubs think it is stupid it is probably crucial.

Posted by Papayas | January 8, 2007 10:10 AM

Bill and Sarah are great professors - I bet that program is petty good... for a core program. "All-Level" usually means freshmen, or first-year Greeners, and they can be weird to deal with.

I think the craziest program titles I had at Evergreen were "Great Works and What They're Made Of." "Out of the Cave," and "User Friendly."

I miss it! I feel intellectually lazy in the real world!

Posted by Soupytwist | January 8, 2007 10:11 AM

I call bullshit on this list. UCSC didn't make the cut and we offer more PC and academically questionable courses than I have ever seen. Plus, the Cyberfeminism course offered by Cornell is centered around the theory of Donna Haraway who is a professor at UCSC. AND we have a PhD program in the History of Consciousness featuring courses like "Imagining Pop Culture" , "Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up?", "Film Fantasies", "The Gothic Imagination", and much, much more.

Posted by dewsterling | January 8, 2007 10:36 AM

Dude, the title of this post gave me an awesome idea for awful Japanese animated porn! As a way of smuggling people across a border, someone comes up with the idea of having a confused virile dude lay on the ground, with his ridiculous Asian-porn-dong coiled up and flaccid... damn, I cannot bring myself to continue typing this. It will discredit the name of Noink for eternity.

Posted by Noink | January 8, 2007 10:38 AM

I can't believe Swarthmore's "Nonviolent Responses to Terrorism" didn't rank higher. I mean, everyone knows that all you can do with terrorists (and all brown people) is shoot them.

As a point of pride, I can't believe offerings from Macalester College didn't make the list.

Posted by Brie | January 8, 2007 12:16 PM

Wouldn't it make more sense for the same college to offer both "Whiteness" and "Blackness?"

Posted by J.R. | January 8, 2007 1:11 PM

I took the adultery class at Penn and it was definitely not politically correct, unless you think discussing 17th century poems with titles like "Signior Dildo" is PC. And it doesn't even fulfill the bizarre quotient that much-- just think about how many major works of literature involve adultery, from the Iliad to the Arthurian legends to Othello to The Scarlet Letter to The Great Gatsby, and so on ad infinitum.

Definitely doesn't deserve to be anywhere near #4. Fun class, though.

Posted by Megan | January 8, 2007 2:04 PM

Oh hey, I went to Occidental! What a great place to learn about penises. All literature and theory and art history classes are phallus phallus phallus anyway, so they might as well advertise it up front.

(And J.R.: As I recall, Oxy does offer both Whiteness and Blackness--just not at the same time.)

Posted by Lindy West | January 8, 2007 2:09 PM

My senior year at Sarah Lawrence: "Sadomasochism in Literature and Film" (taught by the German teacher, of course), "Body & Soul, Cosmology & Salvation in The Ancient Mediterranean World," and "Animation."

Posted by jessiesk | January 8, 2007 3:33 PM

Wow, I considered registering for the UW class this quarter the other week when a classics course wasn't working out. It was actually the sheer bloated absurdity of the title that drew my attention.


Posted by Juris | January 9, 2007 1:22 PM

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