Source: Tahoe Daily Tribune
You love STAR TREK and you go to college. Now, how can you blend those two together so that college credits can be had based upon your love for everything Trek?
If you go to Lake Tahoe Community College it’s easy. Just sign up for professor Daryl Frazetti’s anthropology class. This spring semester he will be offering a class based on the TV series “STAR TREK.”
Frazetti, himself an avid fan of STAR TREK has attended more than a hundred conventions, and the two famous documentaries about Trek lovers, “Trekkies” and “Trekkies 2” featured him. He also has had the distinct honor of having met and been interviewed by the man himself, William Shatner, in Bill’s book “Get a Life!”
The college course is for real and the credits earned are also very legitimate college credit in anthropology. It will examine the cultural, social, and historical impact of the STAR TREK imagined universe and the significance it has had on the past two generations of humanity. Then those influences in our thinking that have been made on us in the areas of religion, politics, ethics, philosophy and science are extrapolated to see what, if any, effect it will have on the future of humanity.
If this is successful, the college is considering other classes on how different pop culture and icons, such as vidgames, cable, reality television, eBay and so forth have impacted the human psyche and development for us and future generations.
A List of the Courses will include:
— Culture and the individual. Concepts mirrored in Trek
— Language and communication: World view, language and culture
— Making a living: Economics and exchange
— Political systems
— Family, marriage, gender, social roles, rituals
— Religion and ethics
— The arts and Trek fandom
— The future of “Star Trek” and humans