Call me a nerd, a geek or a girl who’s just putting off doing homework, but I love when the upcoming semester’s course catalog is released. Looking for different classes to take is like grocery shopping: you’re there to get certain things, but along the way, you might find a couple of random things you didn’t know you needed that turned out to be really cool.
Recently, I scoured WKU’s course catalog to uncover some niche classes that will be offered in spring 2018. If you’ve ever wanted to learn about how to train a horse, make beer or tap dance, this list is for you.
Rock and Roll
Love to rock? Love to roll? Love cool rocks and dinner rolls? This class is for you.
Another music history course, except in blue. (Get it?) (Ha) (Ha) (Please laugh)
Though it is not of the underwater basket variety, this course in weaving will give you some skills you could probably apply underwater if you really wanted to.
The Good and the Beautiful
This class will be taught by me, Rachel Phelps, and it is the story of my life.
Animal Science 333
Here’s your chance to become a full-fledged member of “The Saddle Club,” just like those girls in that book series that horse girls used to read in elementary school.
Brewing and Distilling Arts and Sciences 300
Fake News and Civil Discourse
Citizenship and Social Justice 301
One doesn’t usually see the words “fake news” and “civil discourse” placed so close to one another, and yet here we are.
Tap Dance I
For those seeking to join the cast of “Anything Goes.” (Or for those who are convinced that “La La Land” is the greatest movie ever and Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone’s mediocre-at-best tap skills have inspired you.)
This class, which hails from my home turf in the English department, is all about science fiction novels and is therefore probably the coolest class on this list.
History of American Pop Culture
Which Founding Fathers would have watched “Bob’s Burgers?” I don’t know if this class will teach you the answer to that question, but I think it’s a question the American people deserve an answer to.
Recreation Administration 337
This class will be taught by special guest professor Bear Grylls, who will teach the art of surviving outdoors and/or how to drink one’s urine.
I know nothing about what this class will entail, but I feel like this is the kind of course that would make an appearance in an episode of “Portlandia.” Can’t you imagine Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein making jokes about this? I sure can.
There you have it. The next step is for you to print off this list, bring it to your adviser, and demand that she get you into no fewer than three of these classes, otherwise college will have been an utterly pointless venture.
Editor’s note: A previous version of this article incorrectly listed the course number for “Fake News and Civil Discourse.” We apologize for being part of the fake news problem. The Talisman regrets the error.