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Back to School: 10 Completely Real College Courses That Sound Totally Fake

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In a few weeks, college kids will be going back to school and enrolling in Freshman English, Honors Seminar II and Macroeconomics. But the smart ones, the truly smart ones, will know, for sanity's sake, that they also need to take Alien Sex (University of Rochester), Learning From Youtube (Pitzer College) or Lego Robotics (MIT).

Here are ten absolutely real college courses that make us wish we were still in school:

10. Arguing with Judge Judy: Popular "Logic" on TV Judge Shows. This UC Berkeley course uses TV courtroom drama to introduce rhetoric. It's a freshman seminar, so it doesn't really count on your record anyway.

9. Lady Gaga and the Sociology of Fame. This course is as disjointed and all-over-the-place as one of Gaga's shows, with the syllabus addressing everything from "New York" to "Gay Culture."

8. Battle Lines: Graphic Novels and War. We originally went to Reed's Web site to see if they still offered classes in underwater basket-weaving and found this class instead.

7. Fan Fictions and Cult Classics This Bowdoin course examines the role of the fanfic author as a critic of the cult.

6. Muppet Magic: Jim Henson's Art. You have us, UC-Santa Cruz. That $55,000 bill is totally worth it.

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