WASHINGTON, April 25, 2014 — The “Theology of Harry Potter” is being offered by Centre College, a small private college in Danville, Kentucky. The course is an upper level, for-credit class which, according to the course description, helps students understand theological concepts such as “God, sin and theodicy.”
Centre College is rated as one of the best national liberal arts colleges and its tuition for 2014-2015 will be $46,000. Here is an obvious question that parents of any student at Centre College should ask:
“How is taking this course going to help you get a job when you graduate?”
One blogger commented this course would help fill the ranks of comic store clerks.
As part of the class work, students will be required to read at least one of the Harry Potter books. It is a safe bet most of them already have read them, or at least seen the movies.
Centre College is a private college and has the right to pick their curriculum. But just because someone can do something, doesn’t mean they should.While the comment about comic store clerk futures may have been a little snarky, it is right on point. A class called “The Theology of Harry Potter” is a tremendous waste for students who are paying their way through school with student loans, and it is an expensive luxury for any student who takes it.
When those students graduate, they are going to get a massive shock. It is called “reality.”
A degree in “Harry Potter” is useless in the job market. Degrees in “Queer studies,” “Gender studies,” “Women’s studies,” and “Feminist theory” guarantee graduates in those programs unemployment.
A 2011 story in NYU Local told about New York University alumna Courtney Munna, who graduated with degrees in religious studies and women’s studies. She also had $100,000 in student loan debt and was now shocked she was having trouble paying that debt. She is learning that today’s colleges and universities are a massive con game. Eighteen-year-old students are being sold a four year party; they will drink a lot, hook up a lot, get useless degrees, and get the shock of their lives when they graduate, can’t get a job and have to start paying their student loans back.
The real winners in the college game are the bizzaro world professors who come up with ridiculous and insane courses they can teach while receiving six figure salaries. The really big winners are university administrators, some of who draw seven figure salaries and build massive empires on the backs of their students.
Education is a bubble that is much worse than the housing bubble.
Perhaps this nation needs to have a discussion about the value of a college education. Unless they have a specific plan for what they want to do with their lives, 18-year-olds are best off either avoiding college or starting at a state school they can pay for without student loans
If America is to have this discussion about education, perhaps America needs to have a discussion about changing the nature of college. College is not a four-year party, nor is it a factory for producing people with useless degrees. It is also not a factory for producing left wing activists.
The “Theology of Harry Potter” is not going to do those students any good in their future life. But those students may well need divine intervention to help them with their crushing student loan debt.