Welcome to O.C. University: Syllabi From Colleges' Pop-Culture Courses

By Alison Herman

These 10 real university classes explore the Californian exceptionalism and 21st-century suburban revivalism of 'The O.C.,' the contemporary social issues in 'South Park,' and more.

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We've all heard of Physics for Poets and Rocks for Jocks, but a few college classes skip the pretense of hard science altogether and get straight to the fun stuff. While these courses may not get you into medical school, they'll leave you well-prepared for any cocktail party conversation, as long as you go to the kind of cocktail party where guests talk shop about Harry Potter and Joss Whedon. Best of all, many pop culture classes post their syllabi online, making it easy for those of us too old for frat parties to join in on the fun.

I've compiled the best classes on TV, music, and even video games that colleges have to offer, including a selection of readings so you can hit the books without doing the whole midterm-and-paper thing. Enjoy the highlights below; it's just like college, but all electives and absolutely no math!

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http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2013/03/welcome-to-oc-university-syllabi-from-colleges-pop-culture-courses/274035/