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15 bizarre college courses

By: Laura Moss on Nov. 24, 2010, 12:25 p.m.
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Joy of Garbage

This class may sound like a "waste," but the Joy of Garbage class at Santa Clara University delves into the science and consequences of what humans consume and discard. Students follow the path of trash as it's treated, burned, dumped, recycled or reused, and they look at the social justice issues that arise, such as how landfills are frequently located in poor neighborhoods. The class also develops sustainable solutions for modern waste problems and even takes field trips — to sanitation plants and landfills.