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Thursday, September 9, 2010

Zombie Studies Offered At University of Baltimore

I guess it was only a matter of time. Zombies 101 aka Zombie Studies aka English 333 is the latest course being offered at the University of Baltimore. The course will be taught by Arnold Blumberg, co-author of "Zombiemania: 80 Movies to Die For".

"Right now we're in a massive surge of zombie entertainment," said Blumberg. "On the most basic level, zombies are probably one of the most potent horror icons, one of the closest to us in terms of identification factor, in terms of reflecting ourselves," he said. "The zombie is, simply, us."

Jonathan Shorr, chairman of the University's School of communications design, told the Sun that, "It's a back door into a lot of subjects.They think they're taking this wacko zombie course, and they are. But on the way, they learn how literature and mass media work, and how they come to reflect our times."

Students will watch 16 classic zombie films and read several issues of "The Walking Dead" comic book series from Dark Horse Comics. They are also required to submit research papers, write zombie movie scripts and make drawing boards of zombie films of their own making.

Man, this fires me up! I'm in debt up to my eyeballs paying for a degree I don't even use and had to take classes like Physics and Business Finance! Baltimore isn't the first, though. Columbia College in Chicago has apparently been offering a zombie course for awhile. So why is the course called "English 333"? Because that number is half of 666. I'm not making that up.

1 comment:

  1. There's been a zombie nation class at Binghamton University for more than five years now. There's also a zombie anthro class at George Mason University


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