Deciding what you study at university is probably the most important academic decision that most students will ever face. Medicine, English, Politics, Computer Science… conventional choices.

At the Oxford Scholastica Academy, we have selected our top 5 most unusual module/degree choices at university.

  • David Beckham, Staffordshire University – as part of its Sports, Media & Culture degree, this module studies critical topics such as Beck’s hairstyles, his marriage to Posh and his “object” like status. Listen to Professor Ellis Cashmore talk academically about David Beckham.
  • Simpsons and Philosophy, University of California at Berkeley- this course examines the cartoon series through the eyes of Plato, Nietzche and other famous philosophers.
  • Ethical Hacking, University of Abertay Dundee – apparently “it takes a thief to catch a thief”, so students are taught the latest techniques to break into servers, steal information and remotely control someone’s computer!
  • Harry Potter, Durham University – this module as part of Education Studies aims “’to place the phenomenon that is Harry Potter in its social, cultural and educational context and understand some of the reasons for its popularity.”

  • Zombies, University of Baltimore – this course allows students to prepare for a “zombie apocalypse” by writing horror scripts and drawing storyboards of their ultimate horror movies.

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