Top 10 weirdest classes at UCF
1. Mummies, Zombies and Vampires: Oh My!
Anthropology of the Undead, or ANT3026,is a class on all things spooky and dead. Taught by Professor Sandra Wheeler, this class focuses mainly on how the deceased have affected our culture. Wheeler hopes students gain an appreciation of the contemporary world by studying the undead, and perhaps even shatter their assumptions about the natural and supernatural world.
“When we explore these concepts with an open mind, we can learn about different cultural beliefs about the spirit world, the role of the living and the lives of the dead,” Wheeler said.
2. Minds and Machines, a Good Duo?
A class that looks into the cognitive science of humans, animals and ... machines? PHI3323 is a sci-fi nerd’s dream come to life, as students argue, comment and learn of cognition in all things — not just human. Professor Luis Favela, who teaches the course this semester, described the class as genuinely interdisciplinary.
“Just like the field of cognitive science, which is comprised of multiple disciplines like artificial intelligence, linguistics, philosophy and psychology, this course requires students to learn about and discuss a range of theories and methods related to the study of mind,” Favela said.
3. Digging Up Love
Archaeology of Sex, or ANT3173, is taught by associate instructor Pete Sinelli and is centered around the study of physical proof that has been found in historical sex rituals, art and practice. With the occasional uncomfortable giggle, students from all types of majors can be found every spring semester studying from the required textbook The Art of Lovemaking.
“I want students to walk away with the appreciation of the fact that the way we do things is the way we do things, but it’s not the way people have done things in the past, and it’s not the way people do things around the world today,” Sinelli said.
4. Sleeping in Class, or rather, for it
“Sleep and Dreams” is, in fact, a class where you get credit for sleeping — sort of. PSB3842 is offered occasionally throughout the year and is typically an online class. In the past, students have been graded in tracking their own sleep and dreams and applying their real-life experience to the greater psychological and physiological understanding of them.
5. What do Bilbo and Harry have in Common?
Students study cult classics such as Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia. REL3112, or Religion and 20th Century Fantasy Texts, is a class focused on the role of religion in some of the world’s favorite books.
6. Beer for Dinner — oh, and class, too
In Quality Brewing and Fine Beer, or HFT4864, students learn the ins and outs of brewing beer and about what makes beer so darn tasty. For students 21 and older, the class offers teachings on production, service and, of course, sips of malt beverages.
7. Gamers Unite!
There’s no excuse for missing a class that’s all about video games. Matthew Dombrowski teaches all things click, jump and shoot in DIG3043, also known as the Evolution of Video Games. From classics such as pinball to interactive games and at-home consoles, Evolution of Video Games is putting back the fun in fundamentals.
“Gaining new insight to a field I am so familiar with makes me view the video game industry in a new and exciting way. Teaching the students all the behind-the-scenes drama from the creation of famous game companies such as Atari and Nintendo really is a blast,” Dombrowski said.
8. An “X” is a Good Thing
Students wanting to brush up on a skill long forgotten need look no further than PEL2111. Perhaps better known as Bowling, this class teaches students how to bowl toward a 300 and champion league status.
9. That Good Life
PHI3684 is quite the head scratcher; at least, its title and description is. PHI3684, or Ways of Living, is simply described as “Philosophies of life and the notion of ‘the good life.’” Although the description may be abstract, the class is focused around learning different world views and ways of thought.
10. Friend or Food?
With a name like Psychology of Human-Animal Interaction, there’s no question as to what you will be learning, right? Actually, this class focuses largely on animals as pets and humans as owners. PSY3630 topics covered in the past include animal training, care, domestication and breeding.
Alyssa McComb is a contributing writer for the Central Florida Future.