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From Monty Python to Mother Mary: Nine Weird Classes Offered at ASU This Fall

Back to school blues
Back to school blues
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It's time a take a deep breath and face reality: school is around the corner.

Yep. We'll let that sink in for a second.

Once you've come to terms, we've got some tips that might make the next 15-credit-hour-filled months just a bit more bearable. Here's our list of nine weird (in a mostly good way) classes offered this fall at Arizona State University.

ENG 375: FOX Network, Atlantic Records, Independent Record Labels Course description: Explores leading CEOs and corporations from a humanities perspective.

Sure, studying leading CEOs, corporations, acquisitions and mergers can be an educational experience -- but as an English class?

From Monty Python to Mother Mary: Nine Weird Classes Offered at ASU This Fall
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8. MUS 354: Beatles, The Beatles After the Beatles, Elvis

Because having one Beatles-focused class isn't enough. And because you have to pay homage to the king of rock n' roll, baby.

 

Monty Python's Spamalot
Monty Python's Spamalot
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7. MUS 294: Laughing to Music Course desciption: Modern-day comedies like Spamalot, Avenue Q, and Glee are part of a comic tradition that extends back to the Renaissance. Works to be studied include Mozart's Marriage of Figaro, Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance, the Marx Brothers' A Night at the Opera, and more recent works such as Monty Python and the Holy Grail, The Producers, and many others.

Sorry, you lost us at "Glee."

6. FMS 440, Los Angeles: Movies and Culture Course description: Explores film treatment of the historical culture of Los Angeles.

As if the city of Los Angeles doesn't have a big enough head already, ASU has to offer a class dedicated to its long and illustrious film career.

 

Statue Virgin Mary Medjugorje - Hotel Pansion Porta, Bosnia
Statue Virgin Mary Medjugorje - Hotel Pansion Porta, Bosnia
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5. FMS 376: Virgin Mary in History, Film, and Culture Course description: Introduces formation and development of cult of the Virgin Mary; analyzes transformations of Mariology within historical, cinematic, and cultural contexts.

We checked, and yeah "Mariology" is a real word. Whether or not we want a full semester of it remains to be seen.

4. WST 394, Desperate Housewives: Gender, Family & Pop Culture

A women's studies class that examines the fictional lives of the wealthy homemakers of Wisteria Lane ... anybody else thinking "easy A?"

 

3. WST 394, Harry Potter: Gender, Race & Class

We're planning on bringing our pet owls to class. And a quill. And some "Wingardium leviosa!"

2. FMS 370, Signs of Aliens: Semiotics of Film and Popular Culture Course description: Introduces semiotics and cultural studies; looks at various meanings ascribed to the sign of the alien.

Finally a situation where being obsessed with aliens will not only be socially accepted, but also beneficial.

 

2010 Phoenix Zombie Walk
2010 Phoenix Zombie Walk
Jonathan McNamara

1. AMS 326: Horror, Zombie, Monsters, Vampires & Cannibals Course description: Topics in American popular culture, including theories of popular culture; the history and analysis of mass media, including television, film, and the music industry; and vernacular art and the folk tradition.

Between bath salts in the news, Twilight, and True Blood, we're pretty sure we could teach this class with one hand tied behind our back.

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