Jason Mattera

As college costs soar through the roof—averaging above $31,000 a year for tuition, room & board—today’s college students study adultery, genitalia, and Native American feminism. That’s not a misprint.

Occidental College, located in Los Angeles, California, offers The Phallus, which covers a broad study on the relation “between the phallus and the penis, the meaning of the phallus, phallologocentrism, the lesbian phallus, the Jewish phallus, the Latino phallus, and the relation of the phallus and fetishism.” Occidental, sadly, is not alone in offering completely disturbing and wacky courses.

Young America’s Foundation brings you the worst of the worst—hundreds of courses researched, only 12 selected. We call it the Dirty Dozen: America’s Most Bizarre and Politically Correct College Courses. Following Occidental’s number one spot are many other leading institutions devoted to “higher learning”—to wit, University of California-Los Angeles and its Queer Musicology. Students explore how “sexual difference and complex gender identities in music and among musicians have incited productive consternation” during the 1990s. Unless you want to become a singing pimp or prostitute, how does this class enrich your education? Actually, that question can be asked for most of the course descriptions you are about to read, and the answer is the same throughout—how is it enriching or educational? Queer Musicology, mind you, does study “breakthrough” composers, one being “Pussy Tourette” (he/she is famous in the American drag queen composer world).

Jason Mattera

Jason Mattera is the author of the New York Times bestseller Hollywood Hypocrites: The Devastating Truth About Obama's Biggest Backers (Simon & Schuster, March 2012).