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5 unexpected but great classes to add to your schedule

Thursday, July 24, 2014 | 6:00 a.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — One of the best parts of crafting a class schedule in college is finding electives, which go far beyond the selections offered in high school. These 5 classes being offered this fall are far from expected and take an academic look at some fun and decidedly non-boring topics.

1. Harry Potter, Magic, and Religion (Religious Studies 2240)

This class takes an academic and real-world look at the magic systems of the book series most of us grew up reading or watching.The class isn't offered every semester, so keep an eye out on myZou for when it is, because getting a seat is nearly impossible.AC

2. Zombies 'R Us (English/Film 2860)

It's a class about zombie movies. Seriously. Just take it. 

3. The Graphic Novel (English 4320)

This class studies the history and genre conventions of the graphic novel. The class is writing intensive, so it can fill that requirement, too.  

4. Psychology at the Movies (Psychology 4825 *Honors section available*)

This class might not have the most shocking title, but it's the teaching and structure that set it apart. The class uses movies to discuss important societal issues. It is also taught by Professor Etti Naveh-Benjamin, or Etti as she prefers, who is genuinely invested in every student and makes the class one of the best around. 

5. Television Program Analysis and Criticism (Communication 4618)

An entire class about television. Maybe college years really are the best of your life?


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