Only In Vegas?

When I went to college I took a few unusual courses.  I took a class called “Ancient Sports” where we learned about sports in Greece and Rome and the start of the Olympics.  I took a class called, “Blacks in Film” where we looked at the history of movies made specifically by or for African Americans.  So I know that it’s not all History and Math and Science.

But … I learned recently that there is a class at UNLV on … beer.  They not only learn, they actually brew beer in class.  A “Big Beer Bash” is held during the semester.

Two thoughts:  (1) This has got to be the most popular course at UNLV, and (2) And we wonder why America’s losing it’s place as the leader of the world?


  1. Nikki on September 25, 2011 at 12:19 am

    It’s not Vegas – it’s just colleges in general. At my former employer one of my colleagues was tasked with publishing a book each year called “Comedy and Tragedy” that detailed some of these courses. Among the favs:

    At Princeton you can take “English 404: Huey, Dewey, and Louie: The Capitalist Tragedy of Emasculated Ducks With No Pants.”

    At Bowdoin: “Women’s Studies 248c, Music and Gender — Is Beethoven’s ninth symphony a marvel of abstract architecture culminating in a gender-free paean to human solidarity, or does it model the processes of rape?”

    At Montclair State: “How to Watch Television”

    At Centre College: “The Art of Walking”. I’m not even kidding.

    At UC-Berkeley: “Rhetoric 24 Freshman Seminar: Arguing with Judge Judy: Popular ‘Logic’ on TV Judge Shows.”

    What’s dumber than the colleges offering them and the students taking them? The parents who are paying for them.