Can you imagine walking into class the first day of school and listening to your professor teaching you how to survive a zombie apocalypse? Well, if you had enrolled in English 333 at the University of Baltimore, also known as “Zombie 101,” then this is exactly what you would be taking notes on.
Obviously, (hopefully) there is not going to be a real zombie apocalypse, and you don’t need to know the proper technique to kill one, but the class isn’t a complete joke, either.
“It serves as a back door into a lot of subjects,” explains Jonathan Shorr, chairman of the University’s School of communications design. “[Students] think they’re taking this wacko zombie course, and they are. But on the way, they learn how literature and mass media work, and how they come to reflect our times.”
The class actually sounds quite challenging. The course involves watching a total of 16 classic zombie films and reading “The Walking Dead,” a popular zombie comic book series. They will also have to write research papers and movie scripts, and draw story boards for their own zombie films.
The University of Baltimore is not the first school to offer a zombie class. Columbia College and Simpson College have also offered similar classes.
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