Comics and Culture
San Francisco State University
Remember when you were a kid and your mom yelled at you to stop reading X-Men and do your homework? In this class, reading comic books is the homework. The course, part of San Francisco State University’s new minor in comics studies, and taught by award-winning graphic novelist Nick Sousanis (Unflattening), studies the source material for all those superhero movies racking up billions at the box office. Students learn the different forms of comics, how they compare across cultures, and how to thoughtfully analyze them. You’ll never watch Green Lantern the same way again.
University of Texas
This class gives merit to the secret language you and your siblings communicated in so your parents wouldn’t be able to understand you. (Side note: could you even understand you?) Students in this University of Texas course learn all about invented languages (such as Klingon, Elvish, and Ewokese) and how they relate to society as a whole. Think about it: Even the most common languages like Spanish and English had to come from somewhere. So maybe those Sims are actually trying to tell us something.