September 9, 2010

ZOMBIE 101: The Only Class You Need

Insert "Brain" Pun Here
For many college and university students (not to mention teachers like moi), it's time get back into the routine of school: buying textbooks, picking up supplies, locating classes, watching zombie movies....for credit?

Well, if you attend The University of Baltimore then, yes, you can watch zombie movies for credit. That is, you can if you are lucky enough to be enrolled in English 333 as taught by Arnold Blumberg (author Zombiemania).

According to the Associated Press:
Students taking English 333 will watch 16 classic zombie films and read zombie comics. As an alternative to a final research paper they may write scripts or draw storyboards for their ideal zombie flicks.

The university isn't the first to have a class on the undead. Columbia College in Chicago has offered a course on Zombies in popular media for years, and at Simpson College in Iowa students spent the spring semester writing a book on "The History of the Great Zombie War."

I am a college instructor too. Do I have to explain what I'd give to teach a class about zombies? I'm necrotic with envy.