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15 bizarre college courses

By: Laura Moss on Nov. 24, 2010, 12:25 p.m.
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Philosophy and Star Trek

Georgetown University's Philosophy and Star Trek course is every college Trekkie's dream. The class is taught as an introduction to metaphysics and epistemology philosophy, but these topics are discussed as philosophical issues arise when the show's cast ventures into places "where no man has gone before." In addition to watching episodes of "Star Trek," the class also reads philosophical writings and wrestles with such questions as "Is time travel possible?" and "Could reality be radically different from what 'we' think?"

If you'd like to take a more religious approach to the hit sci-fi show, you can register for Star Trek and Religion at Indiana University. The class watches "Star Trek" episodes and then studies the show's religious themes.