It may read like satire, but Presbyterian College in South Carolina offering "Religion of SEC Football" as a real college class for real university credit is a real thing.
This has to be what Plato and Socrates had in mind for the future intellectual advancement within societies. The liberal arts school, which actually plays Florida in November this season, describes what you get for your tuition and attendance to the class.
"Woo Pig Sooie!? Roll Tide!? Go Cocks!? What is it about college football that turns otherwise sane people into raving lunatics? Why is it that each fall millions of people schedule their lives around SEC football, spending hundreds of thousands of dollars for RV's and tailgating for days prior to a game? Why do fans often hate another school -- such as the 'Bama fan who poisoned 130-year old trees at Auburn? This class will attempt to answer these sorts of questions by exploring the 'religion' of Southeastern Conference football and how each of us fit into that faith."
Those are actually pretty great questions that could serve as mediums within which to discuss society and the American culture at large. I think I'm in on this. There are certainly worse class descriptions I've seen, and if it gets kids learning about society then so be it. Now if we get start getting "Paul Finebaum's hair: a brief history," that's where I'm going to choose to draw the line.
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