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Top 10 Most Bizarre and Politically Correct College Courses

Ranked by Young America’s Foundation.

College costs average more than $31,000 a year. This list highlights the most troubling instances of leftist activism’s supplanting traditional scholarship in our nation’s colleges and universities. The growth of these courses gobbles up tons of money and resources, while scholarship from conservatives is ignored. Scores of courses were researched from hundreds of the nation’s leading schools. Below are the worst of the worst.

10. Nonviolent Responses to Terrorism
Swarthmore College’s “Nonviolent Responses to Terrorism” course “deconstruct[s] terrorism” and “build[s] on promising nonviolent procedures to combat today’s terrorism,” using the struggle blacks pursued in the 1960s as a mode for tackling today’s terrorism.

9. American Dreams/American Realities
Duke University’s “American Dreams/American Realities” course seeks to unearth “such myths as ‘rags to riches,’ ‘beacon to the world,’ and the ‘frontier,’ in defining the American character.”

8. Cyberfeminism
This Cornell University class investigates “the emergence of cyberfeminism in theory and art in the context of feminism/post feminism and the accelerated technological developments of the last 30 years of the 20th Century.”

7. Mail Order Brides: Understanding the Philippines in Southeast Asian Context
Johns Hopkins University offers this course as a supposedly deep look into Filipino kinship and gender.

6. Whiteness: The Other Side of Racism
This is Mount Holyoke College’s attempt to analyze race. The class seeks to spark thought on: “What is whiteness?” “How is it related to racism?” “What are the legal frameworks of whiteness?” “How is whiteness enacted in everyday practice?” And how does whiteness impact the “lives of whites and people of color?”

5. Blackness
Occidental College (making the list twice) offers “Blackness,” which elaborates on a “new blackness,” “critical blackness,” “post-blackness,” and an “unforgivable blackness”—all of which combine to create a “feminist New Black Man.”

4. Adultery Novel
Students in this University of Pennsylvania class read 19th- and 20th-Century works about “adultery,” watch “several adultery films,” and apply “various critical approaches in order to place adultery into its aesthetic, social and cultural context, including: sociological descriptions of modernity, Marxist examinations of family as a social and economic institution” and “feminist work on the construction of gender.”

3. Taking Marx Seriously
“Should Marx be given another chance?” That’s what Amherst College students are asked. Students in this class are also asked to question if Marxism still has “credibility,” while also inquiring if societies can gain new insights by “returning to [Marx’s] texts.” This course also states that Lenin, Stalin, and Pol Pot misapplied Maxist concepts.

2. Queer Musicology
This University of California-Los Angeles class explores how “sexual difference and complex gender identities in music and among musicians have incited productive consternation” during the 1990s.

1. The Phallus

This course at Occidental College covers a broad study on the relation “between the phallus and the penis, the meaning of the phallus, phallologocentrism, the lesbian phallus, the Jewish phallus, the Latino phallus, and the relation of the phallus and fetishism.”

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