9 College Courses Based On Popular TV Shows

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6. Introduction to Cultural Studies: The Simpsons

Institution: Rochester Institute of Technology:

Department: Literature

Course Description: An introduction to cultural theory and the analysis of popular culture based on The Simpsons. Cultural Studies "readings" of the program will provide insight into some important "real-world" issues relevant to contemporary American life: family, religion, politics and media, to name just a few.

Note: San Jose State offers The Simpsons As Social Science.

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5. Chosen: Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Institution: Oberlin College

Department: Media and Literature

Course Description: An intellectual reading of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the often underestimated cult hit and landmark program in serialized television. This course will assume basic familiarity with the program, though new viewers are certainly welcome.

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4. Topics in Comparative Media: American Pro Wrestling

Institution: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Department: Comparative Media Studies

Course Description: An exploration of the cultural history and media industry surrounding the masculine drama of professional wrestling. Beginning with wrestling's roots in sport and carnival, the class examines how new technologies and changes in the television industry led to evolution for pro wrestling style and promotion and how shifts in wrestling characters demonstrate changes in the depiction of American masculinity.

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