Worried that your child is going to go to college and waste your hard earned money on courses that not only are a complete waste of time, but that tell them what — not how — to think? You should be.
Thankfully, there are groups such as the Young America's Foundation (YAF), a national student organization, which has compiled a comprehensive list of courses that students get to choose from.
So, parents, this Christmas season, whip out that checkbook, make cursive handwriting great again with that alumnus ballpoint pen, and write in the notes section of that $40,000 check you write each year — big and bold now — “Dear God, what have I done?”
Here are five of our absolute favorites of YAF's “Dirty Dozen” list — the most politically correct and bizarre college courses in America.
University of Florida: “Black Hair Politics”
The course description explains:
“Provides a comprehensive interdisciplinary examination of the history, sociology, psychology and economics of Black hair. Students will explore the textures, styles and meanings of Black hair as they relate to identity and power in society.”
With courses like “Black Hair Politics” and Vanderbilt University's, “Global Anti-Blackness and Black Power,” one could say that being anything but black in these courses is bound to make one uncomfortable.
Middlebury College: “White People”
The description reads:
“...In this course we will begin by considering the formation of whiteness in post Civil War America. We will read histories of whiteness, such as Grace Elizabeth Hale's Making Whiteness, as well as consider important milestones in whiteness, from the films Birth of a Nation and Gone With The Wind to the blog ”What White People Like.“ Finally we will use essays, blogs, photographs, and videos to make white people at Middlebury visible by documenting how they represent themselves through language, dress, and rituals.”
If you aren't embarrassed to be white by now, then I don't know what more I can do for you.
The last few years, the media has pushed that message and universities like to push it even more these days. If the course simply titled, “White People” isn't straight to the point enough for you, then perhaps “The Power of Whiteness” at DePaul University fits better?
University of South Carolina: “Ecofeminism”
The catalog explains that this course is:
“An exploration of the connections between oppression of women and oppression of nature.”
Or what about this gem: “Leaning In, Hooking Up: Visions of Feminism and Femininity in the 21st Century”? At Harvard University (yes, that Harvard), this course may be more of your 'college reputation' preference. Who needs labels when your course selections can say it all for you?
Swarthmore College: “Queering God: Feminist and Queer Theology”
“The God of the Bible and later Jewish and Christian literature is distinctively masculine, definitely male. Or is He? If we can point out places in traditional writings where God is nurturing, forgiving, and loving, does that mean that God is feminine, or female? This course examines feminist and queer writings about God, explores the tensions between feminist and queer theology, and seeks to stretch the limits of gendering-and sexing-the divine. Key themes include: gender; embodiment; masculinity; liberation; sexuality; feminist and queer theory.”
If Lady Gaga's “Born This Way” is top 5 on your Apple Music playlist, then one of these three courses is bound to please.
1. “Queering Affect: What’s Good about Feeling Bad”
2. “Queering the Bible”
3. “Rainbow Republic: American Queer Culture from Walt Whitman to Lady Gaga”
Really, the only legitimate course among these has to do with Lady Gaga.
Williams College: “Racial Capitalism”
The description reads:
“This class will interrogate the ways in which capitalist economies have 'always and everywhere' relied upon forms of racist domination and exclusion.”
Capitalism is inherently racist. Don't try to argue here. This course will tell you why in just 12 short weeks. Please keep your money, earned by this capitalist system, to yourselves. Unless you are paying for this course...THEN your “blood money” may be accepted. But absolutely no checks please.
If Young America's Foundation sounds familiar to you, you have probably heard of their free speech tour across America's universities. Most notably Ben Shapiro, who has been a tour headliner for the group the past year.
But schools like DePaul University, who has banned both Shapiro and Milo Yiannopoulos from speaking on campus, have shocked even the most unfriendly to free speech.
Emily Jashinsky, the Young America's Foundation official spokeswoman, told Independent Journal Review more about its new “Dirty Dozen” initiative. She writes:
“America’s institutions of higher education are the best in the world, but our most talented and promising students are taking classes like 'Transgender Cultural Production' at Yale that do little to equip them to solve the serious problems this country is facing. We need our best and brightest to learn the truth about serious issues, not waste four years in classes about ecofeminism that promote liberal victimhood narratives.”
YAF compiled twelve of the most egregious of the 100-plus bizarre courses and debuted them on social media last Friday with the hashtag, #YAFDirtyDozen.
Bravo, YAF. Bravo.