College Class Ideas


LITERATURE CS 15 Section 1:

“Talkin About My iGeneration”

The Millennial generation will be fully explored in this course focusing on how art & poetry is fabricated through the Internet and other media technologies. Exercises will include remixing youtube videos to create spontaneous narrative, concocting words for Urban Dictionary, and generating new memes. Every student is expected to create and utilize their own blog and twitter accounts.


LITERATURE CS 16 Section 2:

“Mona Lisa in the Closet”

I don’t really know what this class will be about. But it sounds awesome.


LITERATURE CS 8 Section 1:

“A Cough of Kafka”

Using letters as a mode of writing.


LITERATURE CS 12 Section 5:

“Censorship in Poetry: Behind the Veil”

What does crossing out a word do to a poem? Unfortunately, censorship decisions can hinge on contemporary values of morality, proper literature, and value. This course will focus on didactic theories of “thou-shalt-not write such,” including a private eye examination of famous rough drafts and their revisions due to taboo affairs.

Required Reading

  • Plato’s Republic


LITERATURE CS 5 Section 1.333:

“The Class That Jumped the Shark”

An Insider Look at troupes, cliches, story patterns, and other tricks of the trade. Although “the cliche” has recieved a negative connotation in today’s scholarship (for good reason!), the art of recycling literary themes, motifs, and patterns remains a useful tool to the useful writer. This course hates to break it to you, but tropes aren’t all bad. And knowing about them doesn’t cheapen the industry.

Required Reading

  • Joseph Campbell’s Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • Blake Snyder’s Save the Cat!
  • TV Tropes


LITERATURE CS 4 Section 007:

“Plastered with Plath”

Alternative Course Title: Shots to Sylvia, then More Shots!

We’ll get drunk and read our favorite female authors.

Required Reading:

  • Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice
  • Edna Ferber’s So Big
  • Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights
  • Virginia Woolf’s Orlando



“Writing For Hustler Magazine”

It’s in the course title.


LITERATURE CS 1 Section 34:

“March of the Witch Hunters”

This course will conduct an inquisitive inquiry into the magical world of witches and wizardry. First, we’ll begin with Medea, who’s nature was “more bestial than Scylla, the Tuscan monster.” Then we’ll examine St. Anthony of the Desert, the Inquisition, the New England Trials of 1690, and folk culture shamanism. Finally, our course will conduct a search for modern-day spell books and attempt its own magical productions. Is witchery trickery or heresy? Illusion or reality? We’ll find out!

Required Reading:

  • Heinrich Institoris’ Malleus Maleficarum
  • Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett’s Good Omens
  • Paul Huson’s Mastering Witchcraft
  • Dungeons & Dragons’ Spellbook Compendium