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20

Meet Fall 2009’s Most Ridiculous-Sounding Classes

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Registering for classes isn’t fun. It’s stressful: your internet doesn’t work, MusicHum and ArtHum are always full, you’ll never finish your major, you’ll never get into med school, you knew you shouldn’t have left your ex (wait, what?).

That’s why, each semester, Columbia offers some truly funny classes that no one can actually take (except maybe the Butler Marxist) for you to giggle at. While you’re furiously refreshing your browser to start clicking away the millisecond your registration slot begins, took a peek at some of Fall 2009’s gems:

Anthropology V3974

LOST WORLD/SECRET SPACES: MODERNITY AND THE CHILD

DNCE BC 2501X:

BIOMECHANICS FOR THE DANCER: THEORY AND PRACTICE

DNCE BC 2561Y:

APPLIED ANATOMY FOR HUMAN MOVEMENT

Spanish W3455

WITCHES,SORCERERS/PROPHETS-SP

German BC3012

IN LOVE WITH TELENOVELAS

Comparative Literature and Society G6115

ANARCHY: HIST,THEORY,PROSPECTS

Music S3395

SONIC GEOGRAPHY OF HIP-HOP

A few more after the jump.

Photo via barnard.columbia.edu/dance 

Art History W3845

THE GRAND TOUR

Anthropology V3917

URBAN GUERRILLAS

Comparative Literature and Society V3190

AESTHETICS OF THE GROTESQUE

Architecture V3114

MAKING THE METROPOLIS

Architecture A4718

FAKING IT

Philosophy V2702

CONTEMPORARY MORAL PROBLEMS

Philosophy G4565

RATIONAL CHOICE 

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30 Comments

  1. what  

    "Aesthetics of the Grotesque"? Are you kidding?? That kicks ass. Why is that funny to you guys? It sounds totally legit to me.

  2. bwawg is stoopid  

    none of these sound ridiculous...
    ok, maybe "lost world/secret spaces," but come on, "rational choice" ? "biomechanics for the dancer" ? "urban guerillas" ? what departments are you in and what classes do you (not) take for these topics to sound so outlandish?

  3. Anonymous  

    FAKING IT would be in the department for women's studies...

  4. Huh?

    The only one that I really think is funny is IN LOVE WITH TELENOVELAS. And Faking It. But some of these--come on! Making the Metropolis? What's funny about that? Contemporary Moral Problems? Even applied anatomy for dancers or whatever isn't that ridiculous. Think about it.

  5. Now I Know

    Why my girlfriend keeps referring to "Architecture 4718"...

  6. bwawg: still stoopid  

    oh, while i'm at it, nice job missing the most epic food event on campus in some while. i guess it was pretty hard to find seeing as it was in the middle of low plaza...

    http://nymag.com/daily/food/2009/04/taste_morningside_heights_mond.html

    even nymag scooped you on it

  7. there is  

    ABSOLUTELY nothing funny about a class called "contemporary moral problems." this post used to be good, now it's just lame.

  8. mce  

    my only question is why there is a german class focusing on a spanish form of media

  9. Goddammit Bwog!  

    Stop advertising the classes with limited seating that I want to take you big bags o' douche!

  10. Bwog:  

    Your post is fine, people are just angry that they didn't get the classes they wanted. Commenter number five: you are funny. You should be given priority registration next semester.

  11. anthro  

    what about technobodies?

  12. hmm  

    applied anatomy for human movement is actually a great class. you do stretching and then learn about the muscles involved.

    • biomechanics  

      Biomechanics is also a really good class. You learn about all the muscles, tendons, bone structure, etc. Plus you do some intense exercises. It's really meant for dancers though...

  13. anonymous

    I LOVE YOU ELIZA SHAPIRO

    this was hilarious

  14. LAME  

    BWOG. DO BETTER.

  15. flanman  

    eliza shapiro is the most motherly and caring person i have ever known in my 48 years of life

  16. This used to

    be funny...but that was the bwog of the past. -sigh-

  17. German Dept  

    Here's the course announcement:

    FALL 2009

    In love with Telenovelas
    Understanding popular culture and language through a German TV series.
    T/Th 4:10-5:25




    This advanced German language course offers the opportunity to explore the successful German telenovela

    Verliebt in Berlin

    You will work on typical features, the marketing and intercultural aspects of this genre, and compare the culturally specific facets of Verliebt in Berlin to other international versions � specifically the American version Ugly Betty. While familiarizing yourself with German popular culture, you will improve your listening (viewing), speaking, reading and writing skills.

    For more information please contact Prof. Irene Motyl-Mudretzkyj at [redacted]

  18. come on  

    what's wrong with making the metropolis? its david smiley's class on the history of architecture and urban planning... i.e. the things that make the metropolis. metropolis was how they referred to cities back in the 1890s-1920s when cities were nice big shiny things...

  19. boohbah88  

    whatever. im totally signed up for contemporary moral problems, but that's probably because i'm a rising senior and can afford to take a class that essentially consists of the topics of drunken debates.

  20. Rational thought  

    Fitting that it's taught by the Philosophy department. Since when was majoring in Philosophy a rational thought?

  21. ubu

    'faking it' is pretty funny, but all of these sound like classes I'd love to take. like 'URBAN GUERRILLAS'. wow. where were all these classes during my last 8 semesters?

  22. Poster #5

    I can't tell if people were being sarcastic calling me funny. I'm just a grad student so I don't get the snarky culture here.

    I'm being serious =(

  23. Oh yeah?

    If you thought you had ridiculous classes, go across town to Marymount Manhattan where they have a class called Culture and Politics of Nazi Germany.

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