With tuition costs on the rise, college students and their parents want to make sure students are getting the knowledge they need for future success. My College Helper has found a few creative classes at colleges around the country:
- While the books and movies may have come to an end, Harry Potter fans at Frostburg State University can enroll in “The Science of Harry Potter”. Freshmen at Oregon State can take the course, “Harry Potter: Finding Your Patronus".
- Montana State students can choose a one-credit class, “Pocket Billiards"
- Lewis and Clark College offers “Cyborg Anthropology".
- “Theory and History of VideoGames” is a Swarthmore offering, while Lasell College in Newton, MA offers “Understanding Video Games” as a 3-credit class in their Communications department.
- “South Park & Contemporary Social Issues" is a class offering at McDaniel College, and Ohio State offers a 3-credit class for sports fans wanna-be’s, “Sports for the Spectator".
- While some of these classes look like great fun, make sure they count for something toward graduation- the ultimate goal of the college experience. A few "Harry Potter" and "Pocket Pool" courses that don’t count toward credits needed, may translate to an extra semester or two of tuition, room, board and other costs.
- On-campus clubs or area organizations may give students the opportunity to explore hobbies and other interests for free, or at a low cost, rather than paying for college credits to take a class.
- Parents should know what their students are taking and how it fits into the goal of getting the college diploma. Most college course outlines are readily available on-line, so check out course descriptions and encourage your student to make sure they have good information to make informed course-scheduling decisions.