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An easy "A"? Offbeat courses at IU and Purdue.

For those who've just returned to campus, there's usually no way to avoid certain dreaded classes: abnormal psych, finite math, foundations of accounting, introductory C++ programming, expository writing.

But at Indiana's two largest colleges, students can certainly balance the course load with something a little more intriguing:

Indiana University boasts a whole series of rock 'n' roll courses, including two on rock history and courses that focus on such specific artists as the Beatles, Frank Zappa and Jimi Hendrix. There's even an upcoming overseas course on "The Beatles in London," which will include afternoons devoted to Fab Four-related walking tours and a side trip to Liverpool.

IU also was a pioneer in film studies. Where else can one get credit for spending time in a Kirkwood Avenue movie theater? There's even a special course this fall focusing on the films of Stanley Kubrick.

Purdue University offers plenty of diversions. There's the ever-popular course in wine appreciation (yes, it includes tastings). Students can try their hand at flower arranging for credit, and can opt to include "Insects in Prose and Poetry" on their transcripts. For those seeking a slower pace, how about the freshman-level course on watching the grass grow, "Survey of Turf"?
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Title Annotation:AROUND INDIANA
Publication:Indiana Business Magazine
Article Type:Brief Article
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Date:Sep 1, 2004
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