Columbia College in Chicago has offered a course on Zombies in popular media for years.
The course is being offered by the University of Baltimore and will be taught by the author Arnold Blumberg, who wrote a book on zombie movies, and the curator of Geppi’s Entertainment museum, which specialises in American pop culture.
Students taking English 333 will watch 16 classic zombie films and read zombie comics according to the Baltimore Sun. As an alternative to a final research paper they may write scripts or draw storyboards for their ideal zombie flicks.
Jonathan Shorr, chairman of the university’s school of communications design told the newspaper it was introduced to meet a demand for “interesting, off-the-wall” courses.
“It’s a back door into a lot of subjects,” he said.
“They think they’re taking this wacko zombie course, and they are. But on the way, they learn how literature and mass media work, and how they come to reflect our times.”
The university is not 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.”