Hamline University – my neighbor which, when it’s not trying to turn all of Minnehaha Avenue into its own back alley is busily expunging itself of all students that transgress its administration’s razor-thin comfort zone – has gotten itself in the news by, depending on who you ask, either bailing out of discussion with Tom Emmer for a position at the Business School, or responded to a mob of liberal dogmatists on the faculty who took a break from their four-hour-a-week teaching schedules to voice their larynx-shredding outrage at the potential affront to their school’s pristinely-PC heritage.
I suspect that there’s a little – OK, a lot – of both involved. It’s entirely possible to square both accounts; that there’s a game of “telephone” involved as to exactly how close Emmer was to a position at Hamline, and exactly which position and where – that’s Hamline’s official position – with the likelihood that a bunch of Hamline’s relentlessly-PC academic hothouse flowers stormed the President’s office to protest the potentially inhuman working conditions involved in having a conservative in their zone.
So I thought – what better way to divine the gestalt of an institution than to look at their “product” – their classes?
The following is a quick look at Hamline’s course catalog, skimming through various departments.
BIOL 3056 – PRINCIPLES OF POLITICAL GENETICS
Goals: To acquire an understanding of the genetic basis for non-progressive political thought. This is a business-academic partnership with the New York Times. (Cross-listed with PSYC3056, “Abnormal Political Psychology”
POLS 5152 – GETTING RESULTS FROM POLLING
(This is an intercollegiate class taught by Professor Larry Jacobs of the Humphrey Institute).
GRVN 1001 – INTRODUCTION TO GRIEVANCE STUDIES
Introductory-level students will learn the scientific, psychological, legal,moral, cultural, financial, social, semiotic and textual bases of the world’s grievances against male heteronormative society. Final project will relate reasons student was culturally constrained from completing any coursework.
LART 1075 – ESSENTIALS OF LIBERAL ARTS
Freshman-level survey of the history of liberal arts and liberal education, and the imperative for cultural and intellectual diversity, and why wingnuts, teabaggers and God-botherers don’t count.
EDUC 4039 – DIVERSITY IN ACADEMIA
A senior-level seminar focusing on tools and techniques to ensure the classroom – pre-K, high school or graduate school – is a friendly, diverse mix of people of different races, genders, potential genders, affectional orientations, meta-affectional orientations, religions and worldviews, classes, meta-classes and pseudo-classes, ethnicities, grievance groups, grievance-based ethnicities, affectional-orientation-based religions, who are progressive.
RELG 2250 – PHILOSOPHY AND THE HOLOCAUST
Answering key philosophical questions of the Holocaust, including “Would a loving God allow a Holocaust to happen to non-Republicans?”
WOMN 5204 – CHALLENGES IN FEMINISM AND WOMYN’S STYDIES
This class explores the responses to “woMEN” like Sarah Palin, Michelle Malkin, Michele Bachmann and Ann Coulter, and the inevitable conclusions that result. Concurrent with lab course WOMN 5205,
BUSN 3205 – ETHICAL BUSINESS PRACTICES
This Business School course explores the methods of conducting a successful business without excising excessive “profit” from the people. Cross-posted with GRVN 3205, “Principles Of Grievance-Based Accounting”
MARK4059 – CHALLENGES IN MARKETING
Senior Business School seminar on issues involved in marketing in an era of failing schools, diminished literacy, endless adolescence and nonexistent expectations. Must be taken concurrently with internship at the Minnesota Federation of Teachers, MN-PIRG or the DFL.
POLI 3969 – GRASSROOTS ACTIVISM WITH STYLE
Taught by visiting adjunct Professor Alita Messinger. Explores techniques for making plutocrat activism look like grassroots activism.
JOUR 3103 – PHILOSOPHY OF JOURNALISM
Cross-posted with POLS 3103 “Currents In American Progressivism” and PSYC 3103, “Practicum in Skinnerian Behavioral Conditioning”.
Wait – that was 11 classes.
I guess it’s academic inflation. I’ll give the extra one to Emmer.