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February 6th, 2014
James Franco has announced that he will be adding ‘teacher’ to his long list of talents. Franco is set to open his own acting school, called Studio 4, inside Los Angeles’ Playhouse West. In addition to teaching classes, Franco will also bring in other veteran actors to lead discussions.
I don’t know, how about ‘awesome’? Taking classes from James Franco, plus Q&A sessions with all his A-lister buddies sounds like a pretty sweet way to get your scholastic-on. But Franco isn’t the only celeb to infiltrate academia. Check out other classes that make us want to grab our pencils, books, and get some teacher’s dirty looks.
Sign up for this course and debate how Beyoncé’s music videos have affected the face of black feminist culture.
Okay, so the King of Pop did go bankrupt before his death, but let’s focus more on buying Neverland than on losing the farm.
Focusing on its 60 episode narrative, professor Bruce Jackson plans on using his course to dissect how Breaking Bad has made an impact like no other TV show. I just want to take a class where all of my essays conclude with ‘Yeah bitch!’.
Take an episode-by-episode look at the gritty drama based on crime in Baltimore and hear your professor use words like ‘glock’.
I’m sorry, he’s not?
From starting off as a low-level drug dealer to taking meetings with Bill Gates, professor Michael Eric Dyson lectures on how Jay Z has altered the American dream.
Professors from physics, mathematics, social science and public health work together to teach this course on everything from post-disaster nutrition to Darwinism.
Not interested in focusing only zombies found in the Atlanta region? Broaden your studies to encompass all zombies with this course at Columbia College.
This student-run courses covers everything from feminism in the 1960s to the family structure. Plus, you get to smoke in class. Okay, that last part isn’t true, but it would be fitting. A similar course is also offered at Northwestern University.
Professor Mathieu Deflam explains that students will learn “how Lady Gaga has become this thing, this event, on a social level, and on a global scale.” Just to be clear, we can or cannot arrive to class via a giant egg?
All this time I thought I was wasting my life watching vampire movies, when really I was preparing my application to Harvard. Take that, high school guidance counsellor.
Why take a course when you can likely be the TA, Professor and Dean?
This class poses questions like “Can Nietzsche’s rejection of traditional morality justify Bart’s bad behavior?”. So ya, you’d better be more of a Lisa than a Homer if you want to take this course.
I’m gonna go ahead and assume this isn’t the best class to take if you’re hoping to meet women in the row next to you.
You can study the late Tupac Shakur’s lyrics in classes not only at University of Washington, but also at University of California Berkeley and Harvard. Now that’s thug life.
Let’s admit, this is the least surprising topic on this list.
All I want to know is how closely the professor resembles Mr. Garrison.
If you get an answer incorrect does that give the professor free reign to break a chair over your head?
Professor John Massaro is using Springsteen to not only discuss politics with his students, but the study of power as well. Now that’s pretty boss.
Lil’ Kim’s lyrics are used to examine feminism and homophobia and in rap lyrics…and pasties are an appropriate wardrobe choice for class.
Study the godfather of folk music and give your parents an essay to proofread that won’t make them fall asleep.
Definitely our favourite course title, Goldberg’s Canon focuses on the all the different roles Whoopi has played in society during her career. Who knew there were so many?
Spend an entire semester debating whether or not Yoko Ono broke up The Beatles and what really happens when you listen to Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club backwards.