Okay, we’ve all heard of underwater basket-weaving. And there’s actually schools that offer it in full scuba gear. But that’s just the tip of a crazy iceberg. Note to the conventional: from here on out, it gets weird.

The Philosophy of Star Trek, offered by Georgetown University

Trekkies, unite! Finally a course that seeks to answer the most potent philosophical questions posed by the only show that boldly took us where no man has gone before: Is time travel possible? Could you go back and kill your grandmother? Can persons survive death? Could a machine someday think? Is Data a person?

From the course catalog:

Star Trek is very philosophical. What better way, then, to do philosophy, but to watch Star Trek, read philosophy and hash it all out in class (and on Blackboard)?

The Science of Harry Potter, offered by Frostburg State 

From the course description:

Fans of the phenomenally popular children’s book character, Harry Potter, turned to Frostburg State University this year when University offered the honors seminar “The Science of Harry Potter.” The course, which examines the magical events in J.K. Rowling’s books and explains them through the basic principles of physics, received international attention after an Associated Press writer picked up the story. From there, reports of the FSU class appeared in newspapers and magazines across the nation and throughout Europe, Australia, Indonesia and China. Harry Potter fansites on the Web posted announcements about FSU. Even the 24-hour news stations, such as CNN, FoxNews and MSNBC, ran information of the unusual class on their bottom-of-the-screen news crawls.

The Amazing World of Bubbles, offered by CalTech

While we wish this course was all about taking bubble baths and blowing the world’s most giant bubblegum bubble, it’s more scientific than that. From the course description:

Chris Brennen, Hayman Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Caltech, explained how bubbles manifest a range of physical effects through their ability to gather, focus, and radiate energy. In some contexts, that focusing of energy can lead to serious technological problems, but when harnessed carefully, it can be put to constructive use.

The Art of Walking, offered by Centre College

Learn philosophy while standing up. Plus get some “freelance-walking” assignments, whatever that means.

How to Watch Television, offered by Montclair State University

Apparently some students don’t know how to be lazy correctly.

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