With student loan debt soaring at historic highs, you’d think college students would invest their precious dollars in courses which could effectively prepare them for a future career — from doctors and lawyers to engineers and chemists.

But as this list demonstrates, some college “education” prepares students to be Starbucks baristas for the rest of their lives:

1. Sociology of Fame and Lady Gaga — University of South CarolinaGet a load of these bizarre (and expensive) college courses
2. Wordplay: A Wry Plod from Babel to Scrabble — Princeton
3. “Oh, Look, a Chicken!” Embracing Distraction as a Way of Knowing — Belmont University
4. Things That Go Bump in the Night — Hampshire College
5. Theory and History of Video Games — Swarthmore
6. Fly Fishing — Montana State
7. Physics for Future Presidents — UC Berkeley
8. Zombies in Popular Media — Columbia College Chicago
9. Cyborg Anthropology — Lewis & Clark College
10. Popular Flops: Bad Movies — Tufts University
11. Philosophy and The Wire — Georgetown University
12. Tightwaddery: The Good Life on a Dollar a Day — Alfred University
13. Biology of Jurassic Park — Hood College
14. Joy of Garbage — Santa Clara University
15. Disney Features: Then and Now — UCLA
16. How to Watch Television — Montclair State
17. Invented Languages: Klingon and Beyond — University of Texas at Austin
18. The Phallus — Occidental College
19. The Textual Appeal of Tupac Shakur — University of Washington
20. The American Vacation — University of Iowa
21. California Culture — San Francisco State
22. Goldberg’s Cannon: Makin’ Whoopi — Bates College

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