9 College Courses Based On Popular TV Shows
6. Introduction to Cultural Studies: The Simpsons
Institution: Rochester Institute of Technology:
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.
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.
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.