Thomas K. Lindsay of See Thru Edu has compiled a list of college courses you won’t believe some people pay to take.

The 13 Most Ridiculous College Courses

Across the country, thousands of bright-eyed undergrads are beginning their college career. Likewise, thousands of parents are worrying about their precious child as they start this journey. What these parents may not realize is that the universities that should be educating their children are providing courses that are, well, questionable. Yes, universities are still offering the standard Intro to English Literature and Biology 101. However, colleges have started working these wacky and offbeat classes into their curriculum as well.

1. Sociology of Miley Cyrus – Skidmore College

Ever wondered why the media is so obsessed with Miley Cyrus? College students can learn about the media frenzy surrounding Miley and her transformation into a public figure and musician. It is disheartening to know there is a distinct possibility that students will be writing “twerk” in actual academic papers.

2. Breaking Down ‘Breaking Bad’ – SUNY Buffalo

Yes, there is a college course about ‘Breaking Bad.’ The course examines key plot points in the AMC drama and features guest speakers from the Drug Enforcement Administration and more. Remember, binge watching ‘Breaking Bad’ on Netflix is only bad when it isn’t your homework.

3. What if Harry Potter is Real? – Appalachian State University

“How can fantasy reshape how we look at history?” Students in this class use “historical imagination” to look at the Harry Potter series’ geography, real (and imagined) historical events in the novel and world-wide reactions to the famous book series.

4. Demystifying the Hipster – Tufts University

Students in this course cover some vital academic material: the definitions, debates, and history of the hipster. They are expected to become experts and critics in the field of hipster identity and culture. Yes, really.

5. Feminist Perspectives: Politicizing Beyonce – Rutgers University

Beyonce is considered queen on many college campuses and this class is no exception. By pairing the pop star’s songs and music videos with writers like Sojourner Truth and Alice Walker, students attempt to answer the question, “Can Beyonce’s music be seen as a blueprint for progressive social change?”

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