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Zombie Apocalypse? The University of South Carolina has that covered

Jennifer Lawrence stars as Katniss Everdeen in “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.” One USC English class asks students to read – or re-read – “The Hunger Games” trilogy with an analytical eye.
Jennifer Lawrence stars as Katniss Everdeen in “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.” One USC English class asks students to read – or re-read – “The Hunger Games” trilogy with an analytical eye. MCT

With college classes starting up again next week, Go Columbia took a look at the coolest courses the University of South Carolina is offering this fall.

In 2011, USC made international news by offering a course on Lady Gaga. While that class is no longer available, there are plenty of interesting and bizarre courses students can enroll in, on topics ranging from cyborg literature to “The Hunger Games.”

Psychology of the Zombie Apocalypse

Why do we find zombies fascinating? This Honors psychology class investigates the zombie phenomenon through the lens of neuroscience, abnormal and social psychology, popular culture, epidemiology and related fields. By the end of this course, you’ll have more zombie know-how than the cast of “The Walking Dead.” (SCHC 330)

Drinking in Culture: Anthropology of Alcohol

This course examines the role of alcohol in society. Students will learn about alcohol production and consumption from ancient times to the present. No word on whether this includes a brewery tour (fingers crossed). (ANTH 291)

Wines of Napa Valley

Join the Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management majors for a class that most certainly involves drinking. This course includes a field a trip to Napa Valley in California for an immersive look at some of the country’s best vintners. For students 21 and older. (HRTM 590)

Reading and Writing about The Hunger Games as a Cultural Phenomenon

Read or re-read Suzanne Collins’s “The Hunger Games” trilogy with an analytical eye in this English class for Capstone Scholars. This course examines the popular young adult books as both products and symbols of popular culture. Students should also be prepared to join Team Peeta or Team Gale. (ENGL 101)

Making the Wild: Reading and Writing about National Parks

A fitting offering given that the National Parks Service turns 100 this year. Learn more about the parks through various texts and get in tune with nature. (ENGL 101)

Cyborg Literature

A study of cyborgs and cyber-creatures in stories, films and art. Includes readings of some of the most popular sci-fi authors and screenings of “Blade Runner” and “Aliens.” (ENGL 285)

Action Heroines

Who’s the toughest lady of them all? This Film and Media Studies class looks at fighting female protagonists dating to the earliest cinematic examples of the action genre in Asia, Europe and the United States. Wonder Woman costume not required. (FAMS 511)

Introduction to Comic Studies

This new course functions as an introduction to the study of comics, preparing students to engage with questions of formal design, industrial organization, historical development and cultural representation. Students will read everything from Donald Duck to “Maus” to “The Dark Knight Returns.” (ENGL 250)

History of the Devil

Speak of the devil and he doth appear. A survey of the beliefs and practices associated with the demonic and the Devil from 500 BC to the 20th century. (HIST 215)

Exotic Southerners

This course examines various personalities associated with the Blues tradition, with particular attention to Bessie Smith, George Gershwin, B. B. King, Richard Wright, Zora Neale Hurston, Sherman Alexie and Larry Brown. Students will learn to play the harmonica as part of the instruction and evaluation. (SOST 298)

Syllogism, Stasis, and a Gamecock Sandstorm: Researching and Writing About Sports Culture in America

Gamecocks fans and sports nuts, this class is for you. Learn about the origins of Sandstorm at football games, then go do “research” on game day. (ENGL 102)

Words and Music – The Art and Craft of Album Notes

It might sound more like a music school course, but this class is for journalism majors. Discover the many ways in which music and the written word come together. (JOUR 499)

Interpretation of Aerial Photographs

Yep, it’s a real class. This geography course introduces the basics of aerial photography including things like radiant energy, photo geometry and photogrammetric measurement. (GEOG 345)

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