In our episode 36 of Madness Chronicles, we will see the insanity of what your child can study in college. Remember, insanity is a state of mental illness, gross and extremely foolish behavior, and a frenzied or chaotic form of activity. Let’s take a look at the insanity in the top ten schools where sports dominate.
We will start with the University of Illinois, Fighting Illini! If your child is in education, how about EDU-202 Social Justice, School and Society? Examine the nature of justice and the dynamics of a pluralistic society to derive a conception of social justice. Or let’s say you are English learners, try ENGL 277-Gender in Gaming. It examines the history of gender in video games, focusing on how movements such as internet bullying, doxing and trolling emerged as a coordinated effort to consolidate and maintain video games and geek culture as the dominance of masculinity and whiteness. Did you get it?
Moving east to Bloomington, Indiana, we find the home of the Indiana University Hoosiers. Send your son here for courses like GNDR-G 304-Constructions of Masculinities. The curriculum says it is an interdisciplinary examination of what constitutes (and has historically constituted) masculinity. Designed to illuminate the controversial foundations of masculinity. Or if you like to cook, maybe take ANTH-E 337-Food, sex and gender. Explore how food reflects and creates gender and promotes and expresses sexuality.
In what might surprise you, the University of Iowa, home of the Hawkeyes, offers the course AFAM 2800-African American Women, Health, Hair and Sexuality. It says that from the exotic to the erotic, African American women’s bodies have been constructed to fulfill a variety of personal and cultural fantasies and social functions that are gently killing us. I’m not sure what that means?
Ann Arbor and the Michigan Wolverines. Your student could enroll in AAS 347-Urban Inequality in America. The class delves into these issues of inequality in America by focusing on how space and place have come to play an integral role in shaping poverty and disadvantage in the U.S. Or if that doesn’t float your boat , try WOMENSTD 434-Eco / Queer / Feminist Art Practices. This class investigates the art of ecofeminist, queer ecology, and global feminist environmental justice in visual art, sculptural practice, creative writing, acting, dance, somatic movement, and more. Now that was a mouthful.
In East Lansing, we found the home of the Spartans at Michigan State University. Here your little one can study ANP 859-Gender, Justice and Environmental Change. Here they investigate gender, ecology and environment studies, methodological issues and fieldwork from a feminist perspective in international and intercultural contexts. I’m not exactly sure what that is, but I’m sure there are plenty of job openings for someone so skilled.
If that precious one of yours chooses to be a Golden Gopher and heads to the icy University of Minnesota, you won’t be disappointed. You can take CSCL 3405-Marx for today. The course provides students with an introduction to Marxist theory, with particular attention to its relevance to the contemporary world. Northwestern University is certainly a good school. There, your rising star can study AFAMST 339-Eerie Whiteness. They will learn about the historical, political and cultural formation of whiteness in Western modernity visible and narrable for comment and analysis.
I know this is fun, but we can’t get to all of the Big 10, which of course has 14 schools. We will close with a difficult pair to pass. Ohio State offers ANTHROP 3334-Zombies: The Anthropology of the Undead, Penn State provides AMST 226-Critical Approaches to Hip-Hop, and if they become a Cornhusker, the University of Nebraska offers HIST 336-Saints, Witches, and Madwomen.
The result of following these courses of study is rearing its ugly head right now in 2020, America. My best advice would be not to turn the little one’s room into an office just yet … they may catch him on the $ 100,000 bounce later.
May we wake up from this madness before it is too late. I wish you good health, and until next time, have fun, enjoy life, and watch out for the madness between us. It’s 2020 and it’s getting out of hand.