This is not a joke.

Andrew Desiderio at The College Fix has the story:

That degree is a joke: You can minor in comedy at Emerson College

Boston’s Emerson College, the alma mater of comedy kings such as Jay Leno, is now offering its students the opportunity to minor in comedy.

According to a release from the college, which says it’s the only four-year school devoted “exclusively to the study of communication and performing arts,” the new academic program – titled “Comedy: Writing and Performance” – will “strengthen even further the College’s foothold in the entertainment industry.”

In order to minor in comedy, students will have to take five credits in the areas of writing and performance. The program is interdisciplinary, meaning the classes for the minor are offered by multiple academic departments.

In addition, two of the required courses for the minor include “Writing for Television” and “The Evolution of Comedy,” and students are given flexibility when they pursue additional writing and performance classes.

“There are no guarantees that someone will be funny,” Martie Cook, associate chair of Emerson’s visual and media arts department, told The College Fix. “But that’s true of most programs in the arts.”