The ‘real’ meaning of odd course names at Vermont colleges [Humor] | Humor | Seven days

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September is here, so it’s time for incoming students to choose college courses. But some class names can be confusing, and explanations in online catalogs are often vague or hard to follow.

Rather than wasting time looking for things, browse through these descriptions of what some real, albeit oddly named, courses are at Vermont colleges. really about – probably, maybe.

ARC 1211 CAD I

Vermont Community College

All the essentials of disrespectful dating behavior: ghosting, bang and bounce, and describing social media exploits. You will leave this course as an expert cad, rogue, scoundrel, limiter, rake, and stinker. While these skills have traditionally been coded as masculine, the professor is engaged in cutting-edge research into female clumsiness. Students are strongly advised not to date anyone they meet in class.

GSFS 0489 Making Monsters

Middlebury College

Of course, you should raise your children to be polite, considerate and kind – if you want them to languish in mediocrity all their lives (and not have enough money to take care of you when you’re old ). But what if you’d rather raise a dominant force that wins at all costs? Starting with Niccolò Machiavelli The prince, this course examines suppressed but brutally effective techniques that can help you raise your own little Bill Gates, Leona Helmsley, Mark Zuckerberg or Jeff Bezos.

AHS 1330 FYS: Being here on purpose

University of Northern Vermont-Johnson

Don’t think about it too much. Despite the aggressive title – who puts “fuck you” in a class name, even as an acronym? – this is the smoothest course in the Brave Little State. Attendance counts for 100% of your grade. Everyone does things on their phone, including the teacher. It’s unclear what happens if you go to class accidentally.

GERM 106 My best friend, the dictionary

University of Vermont

The saddest class title of all time. Someone from the faculty should quietly adopt this professor as a friend. Remember when you were 4 and the kids on the playground were like, “Do you want to be my friend?” We can still do it.

ENVS 275 D2: Birdwatching to change the world

University of Vermont

I don’t know how birdwatching could change the world, but it’s probably more effective than running or struggling.

FS-116 Snow: Art & Science

St. Michael’s College

A professor at this Catholic college had a brilliant idea: Work with what God gives you! And God gives Vermonters lots and lots of snow. At first, students observe snowflakes under a microscope while trying to keep them frozen. Good luck! Over the next few weeks, they turn to making snow sculptures and then, of course, it’s time for epic snowball fights and cocoa. Be sure to bring mittens to class. (Winter semester only.)

SA 205 Aqueous media

Norwich University

Artistic expression through ice carving, messages in bottles, and dumping vats of green dye into rivers on St. Patrick’s Day. One of the most practical and commercially viable areas of art.

OER 1225 Wilderness Canoe Trip

Castleton University

Students only head to gentle lakes, of course. You wouldn’t want to trip over a whitewater raft or tricky kayak, would you? Students bring their own coloring book.

ANTH 124 People, Poison, Location

University of Vermont

An in-depth look at college Superfund sites (aka dorms). Hazards include toxic clouds of Ax-brand hair spray and perfume, blue-green islands floating in old coffee cups, fast food “shakes” that won’t melt in all weathers, and kombucha.

MUS 1041 Piano Class

Vermont Community College

You won’t be playing Billy Joel songs, obviously, or even Elton John songs. It’ll either be classic works (duh) or less gritty jazz guys, like Oscar Peterson or Keith Jarrett.

ASCI 038 Dog that understands and speaks

University of Vermont

Weft! Weft! Grrrrr, uh! Ahoooooooo.

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GEO 2110 Time and Space in North America

Prerequisite: OER 1225 Wilderness Canoe Trip
Castleton University

This course explores all the ways that time and space are different here in Vermont. Have you ever noticed that there is a bent time bubble across five dimensions that wraps around each of us? In the fourth week, you will be able to see it.

FLL 1010 Immersion Experience

University of Northern Vermont (Johnson and Lyndon)

Cannonballs, baptisms or synchronized swimming? You decide. Meet at the pool. Optional floats.

BIO 2565 Vermont Flora

Castleton University

A very interesting course on the little-known medieval warrior queen, now forgotten since Joan of Arc and Boudicca became so trendy. She is the distant ancestor of Bernie Sanders, Trey Anastasio and Ben and jerry.

SWK 1810 First field

Castleton University

Students get out on the quad and throw a Frisbee. Sounds awesome, right? Reread the title. The course starts at dawn.

FS-112 Drama and Culture

St. Michael’s College

In this course, students talk about reality TV shows. It’s harder than it looks, though. If you don’t know any of the potential brides from “The Bachelor” or all of the “Real Housewives of Scranton,” the other students can be pretty rough.

PRNU 240 Iss & Ldrs Prf Nurs Thr & Ptm

University of Vermont

Th nurs prof hs mny srius prblms in strctr ‘n orgztn. Hwvr I didn’t make a copy of the full nm of this class when I got it abbvtd n now I can’t remember what was sppsd 2 b abt.

CS 150 IEC I

Sterling College

An exploration of feeling comfortable in the gender you were assigned at birth. The class is naturally divided into two sections, the pink and the blue. The pink section focuses on fashion, celebrity gossip, and planning to decorate their future families’ homes; the blue section comes out to fight, fart and argue over unnecessary status hierarchies. (Note: this category may be phased out in future years.)

PSYS 252 Emotional Development and Temperament

University of Vermont

Everyone has experienced evil in their daily lives, but where does it come from? How can it be managed? Is Satan really the cause or just an outdated metaphor?

AS 199 Aerospace Science Ground Flying School

Norwich University

Of course you want to be an aerospace science pilot. Everyone does it! But no aerospace science airline will let you start flying without training.

ES 199 Environmental Science Pilot Course

Norwich University

There are many types of science pilots, of course. Aerospace science pilots get all the glory because everyone loves astronauts, and Elton John and David Bowie made romantic songs about them. But maybe you should consider training as an environmental science pilot, the newest and most sensitive type of science pilot?

SOAN 1034 Skull Wars

Middlebury College

Who would have guessed that the most badass college class in Vermont would be in Middlebury, kind-hearted? Impressive! Live music from the heavy metal band Pantera during class.

DNCE 005 D2: Introduction to World Dance Cult

University of Vermont

Frankly, I find it irresponsible to introduce impressionable students to a cult, but if you must, it might as well be based on the dance of the world.

SA 188 No Norwich equivalent

Norwich University

What? Is there a class at Norwich University called “No Norwich Equivalent”? That’s right, this mind-bending philosophy course digs deep into paradoxes. (The original title, “This is not a class at Norwich University,” seemed a little too obvious.) In the first session, there are two instructors: one can’t tell the truth and the other cannot lie. Are they one and the same? Is individuality itself an illusion?

ECSP 202 D2:EI for Infants and Toddlers

University of Vermont

Chess fans know that D2:E1 refers to the move in which your opponent takes your queen with a pawn after she has run all the way across your unprotected board, then you inexplicably fail to use your queen or king. just to capture this impudent peasant. Admittedly, this doesn’t come up very often in games. But this is a course on teaching chess to infants and toddlers, and they just aren’t very savvy yet.

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