There's been a generational pushback in the past few years over the role of college in the American life. What was once a celebrated time of intellectual and social exploration has now given way to the "massive source of stress and debt that doesn't seem to affect future earnings potential" that has burned Millennials and Gen-Zers. Yet it doesn't have to be all doom and gloom, because the vibrant world of academia still provides some truly unique experiences that push the boundaries of culture, science, and history. Plus, it turns out that the same professors who spent their whole lives buried in books and research are huge nerds that are eager to scam schools into paying them to give semester-long fan-rants about Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Here's 8 uniquely geeky college course we found while looking through major university course catalogs for Fall 2018: