25 College Classes Based on TV Shows

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Yesterday, The O.C. creator Josh Schwartz tweeted a photo of the syllabus for California Here We Come: The O.C. and the Self-Aware Culture of 21st Century America. It's being offered at Duke this semester. We touched on the topic of TV-inspired courses in a sidebar in our last issue, The 25 Most Powerful TV Shows of the Past 25 Years. Here are some non-O.C. classes that have been offered.

1. Oberlin Experimental College: Through the Darkness of Future-Past: An Exploration of David Lynch’s Twin Peaks
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2. University of Minnesota: Television Studies: Six Feet Under
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3. Indiana State University: Philosophy in the Twilight Zone
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4. Brooklyn College: South Park and Political Correctness
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5. Georgetown University: Philosophy and Star Trek
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6. SUNY Oswego: Sociology of Seinfeld
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7. University of Kansas: Beyond the Brady Bunch: Supporting Blended Families
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8. University of Washington in Seattle: Management Lessons from The Apprentice

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9. University of California, Berkeley: Arguing with Judge Judy: Popular 'Logic' on TV Judge Shows
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10. Vassar College: Because Dave Chappelle Said So
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11. University of Wisconsin: Daytime Serials: Family and Social Roles
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12. Montclair State University: How to Watch Television
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13. Oberlin Experimental College: The Office : Awesome, Awkward, & Addicting
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14. Tufts University: The Future is Lost : TV Series as Cultural Phenomenon
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15. MIT: American Soap Operas
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16. Boston University: The Colbert Report : American Satire
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17. University of California, Berkeley: The Simpsons and Philosophy
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18. University of Calgary: The Sopranos on the Couch: Analyzing Television’s Greatest Series
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19. University of Illinois: Urban Desires: Sex & the City in Caribbean Cultures
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20. Northwestern University: Consumerism and Social Change in Mad Men America, 1960-1963
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21. Thiel College: Monty Python & Western Humanities
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22. Portland State University: Exploring Buffy the Vampire Slayer
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23. Indiana University: The (Sur)Real World of Reality TV
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24. Middlebury College: Watching The Wire: Urban America in Serial Television
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25. Northwestern University: The Tribe Has Spoken: Surviving TV’s New Reality
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If you could only enroll in one, which would you choose?

Lucas Reilly contributed to this story.

November 9, 2012 - 9:45am
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