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8 of the Creepiest College Courses Ever

If Halloween is in your heart the whole year, you would ace all these spooky classes. Read on for some of the creepiest courses you can really take at colleges across the country.

Do you celebrate Halloween year-round? Do you harbor a secret love of the supernatural? Are you a horror movie fanatic? Do you actively seek out books that give you the chills? Have you ever wished you could take a class focused on something creepy? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you’re in luck! Many colleges offer classes on the spookier side of life. Now studying for midterms won’t be the only thing keeping you up at night!

Zombies at Johns Hopkins University

Do you love zombies? Hop on over to this class at Johns Hopkins University. While it won’t teach you how to survive the zombie apocalypse, it does explain why zombies have become so popular in modern media. It explores the “birth” of the zombie and its evolution over time, paying special attention to the idea of zombies in cultures with slavery. This English course is perfect for fans of creepy literature and dark history!

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Expository Writing: The Underworld at Harvard University

Have a gnawing curiosity about the afterlife? Harvard University has you covered. This class attempts to explain how and why the underworld has stood the test of time. By exploring archetypes and depictions of the underworld from ancient literature along with modern books and movies, this class tries to get to the bottom of why the underworld keeps getting reimagined.

Folklore and the Supernatural at University of Pennsylvania

Do you have a firm belief in the supernatural? You’re not alone—the University of Pennsylvania does too. This class explores the human relationship with ghosts, fairies, vampires, witches, and many other things that go bump in the night. With a cross-cultural focus on the development of traditional beliefs in the supernatural, this class is sure to share enough scary stories to keep you up all night!

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Early Modern Witch Drama at Emory University

Interested in witches a little bit creepier than Harry Potter? Emory University is the place for you. This freshman seminar course examines earlier interpretations of witches, ranging from boiling potions to selling their souls to the devil. By looking at Macbeth and its contemporaries, this class uncovers not only the stories about witches but how they are portrayed on stage as well.

The Haunted Screen: Understanding the Horror Film at University of Arizona

Ever wondered why jump scares and gory violence never fail to give us the heebie-jeebies? Well, the University of Arizona is prepared to explain. This class attempts to understand what causes this fear and how backgrounds can affect what scares us, examining fear through the lens of horror movies across the ages. It’s every movie lover’s dream: watching horror films in class!

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Pain and Torture Through History at Tulane University

What’s better than good old-fashioned pain and torture? Tulane University wants you to give you the opportunity to learn all about it. While this class won’t directly teach you how to torture someone, it does examine how torture has evolved over time, from the physical to the psychological. It also examines who torturers are and the change in the use of torture by governments.

The Undead South: Horror and Haunting in US Southern Literature at Dartmouth College

Zombies, vampires, and ghosts—oh my! Dartmouth College is ready to fill your undead fantasies. This class seeks to understand the horror of the South through racial, cultural, historical, economic, and political lenses. By looking at classic gothic literature and modern interpretations of the undead, this course explores how the South has become a place rich in haunting history.

The Archaeology of Death at University of Colorado Boulder

Who isn’t fascinated by morgues and corpses? If you can’t get enough death, look no further than the University of Colorado Boulder. This class explores death through the ages with a focus on the human reaction. By looking at different customs for planning, carrying out, and dealing with death and dead bodies, you’ll examine human cultural history and mortuary practice in the ancient and modern world.

There are plenty of other schools that offer courses to give you the spooks! Start looking with our College Search tool.

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About Rebecca Barer

I am an avid reader, and I devote most of my time to writing and cooking. I also enjoy spending time with friends and family and generally enjoying life. I'm so excited to start at Johns Hopkins University this fall!


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