10 of the craziest courses colleges offered in 2022

Students pay thousands in tuition each year to attend college courses across the country.

Here are ten crazy classes offered or promoted at universities that didn't try to hide their liberal bias in 2022.

Students pay thousands in tuition each year to attend college courses across the country.

Here are ten crazy classes offered or promoted at universities that didn’t try to hide their liberal bias in 2022.

10Princeton to offer ‘Black + Queer in Leather’ course

Princeton University will offer “Black + Queer in Leather: Black Leather/BDSM Material Culture” as a spring semester course. The New Jersey course will be taught by Tiona Nekkia McClodden, who is a Princeton Arts Fellow and a Lecturer in Lewis Center for the Arts.

“Black Queer BDSM material culture resists contextualization in relationship to biographical narratives because of the underground elements of the community,” the course description reads.  “This course will explore the material culture of this community from three perspectives: Architecture + Location, Visual Artists and Exhibitions, and Black Queer BDSM communities with a significant research focus on finding and presenting new materials.”

9Harvard course focuses on implementing ‘sustainable antiracist DEI systems’

For the Spring 2023 semester, Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education is offering a course titled “Walk the Talk: Institutionalizing Sustainable Anti-racist DEI Work,” which aims to teach students how to prepare for a diversity, equity, and inclusion-filled future.

“Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI)-focused positions have exploded throughout corporate and public institutions and systems over the past few years, especially in U.S. higher education,” the course description claims.

8NYU announces new LGBTQ+ nursing course

New York University (NYU) is implementing a new 3-credit -hour course called “Contemporary Issues in Healthcare” into its nursing program at the Rory Meyers College of Nursing. In a June 2 announcement, NYU states that the “new elective course focuse[s] on LGBTQ+ health to better prepare nursing students to provide culturally affirming and inclusive care to this population.”

Course material will cover the history of the LGBTQ+ community when it comes to healthcare, discrimination, mental health, policies, as well as the treatment of HIV/AIDS and care for transgender patients according to the press statement.

7Courses include Harry Styles, tree climbing, hand puppetry

From a former One Direction star to climbing trees, Campus Reform covers a wide variety of courses across the nation each semester. Here are some classes students can take in the 2022-2023 academic year.

6Students to take ‘Disney & Pop Culture Politics’ course this fall

The University of South Florida offered a “Disney & Pop Culture Politics” course. Completion of the course goes towards a “Gender Equality” credit. The course “will examine a wide variety of Disney media, looking at global representation, production, and audiences through an intersectional lens.”

The course description does not clarify how intersectional analysis will be applied to Disney and popular culture.

5Oregon State University is offering an entire list of ‘Queer Studies’ courses this Fall

Oregon State University’s (OSU) Queer Studies Twitter page released a flyer of several courses that are available this Fall online and in person. The courses include “Gender, Race and Pop Culture,” “Queer of Color Critiques,” and “Indigenous Queer and Two-Sprit studies.”

OSU’s main campus is located in Corvallis, Oregon, and offers a bachelor of science or a bachelor of arts in “Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.”

4Penn State course explores how racism and sexism relate to ‘reproductive justice’ and ‘toxic waste’

Pennsylvania State University is currently offering students a course on “Racism and Sexism.” The three-credit course, offered by the university’s African American Studies Department, was put in place to teach students about racism and sexism from cultural, political, and economic standpoints.

The course “provides a historical overview of the roots of modern racism and sexism and will explore these structural inequalities continue to matter in a ‘post-racial’ and ‘post-feminist’ era,” according to the course description.

3‘LGTBQ+ Rights and the Constitution’ course coming to campus this fall

University of North Texas (UNT) offered the course “LGBTQ+ Rights and the Constitution” this semester. Students who take the class studied “the historical and legal development of equal treatment for members of the LGBTQ+ community, as well as ongoing controversies and conflicts of rights,” according to the course description. 

The course also explored “the clash between [LGBTQ+] rights and other fundamental rights (such as freedom of association and free exercise of religion), and the future of equality”, per a Twitter announcement by UNT Pride Alliance.

2’Angry White Male Studies’ course comes to campus this fall

For the Fall 2022 semester, the history department at the University of Kansas offered Angry White Male Studies as a course that explored the “prominent figure” that is “the angry white male.” 

“This course charts the rise of the ‘angry white male’ in America and Britain since the 1950s, exploring the deeper sources of this emotional state while evaluating recent manifestations of male anger,” the course description reads. 

1Course at Utah college lets class ‘watch pornographic films together’

Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah, offered a class on pornography in which students watched raunchy films as a group. Students at the private liberal arts college can take “FILM-300O: Porn” to earn two credits toward their film studies degree during the 2022-2023 school year, according to the film department’s website.

“Hard core pornography is as American as apple pie and more popular than Sunday night football,” the course description reads. “Our approach to this billion-dollar industry is as both a cultural phenomenon that reflects and reinforces sexual inequalities (but holds the potential to challenge sexual and gender norms) and as an art form that requires serious contemplation.”