A new report from Young America’s Foundation (YAF), a conservative student organization, shows that the liberal incorporation of intersectionality in college coursework has resulted in topics such as “queering God” in classes on religion, and the racism of capitalism in economics lessons.
Some top universities are even introducing new curriculum with studies on vampires and zombies.
The YAF report, which observes the curriculums of more than 50 schools, found that identity politics has produced courses “comical in their titles and descriptions” and with an obvious “leftist slant.”
“Beyond the inane topics, these classes advance a liberal agenda, malign conservatives, and shut out ideological diversity,” wrote YAF.
Schools like Harvard, Swarthmore College, the University of Mississippi, and Carleton College are introducing queer, trans, and feminist interpretations of the Bible and God into the religion departments’ curriculum. Pomona College has a course called “Queering Religion,” with a description, in part, reading that “religion is often queerer than one might imagine,” where students are invited to “defy the usual assumption that religions insist on binary gender divisions and heteropatriarchal kinship models.”
“Queering” has also cropped up in other topics at schools, such as in colonialism studies at Washington and Lee University, food studies at Middlebury, and “heterosexual white, rural, working-class, southern, and Midwestern people” studies at the University of Michigan.
Williams College has introduced a course called “Racial Capitalism;” the description to this topic explains that the course “interrogates the ways in which capitalist economies have ‘always and everywhere’ relied upon forms of racist domination and exclusion.” Amherst College holds a similar class about the “unconventional history of capitalism,” where students are taught about the “present-day reality of deeply rooted, and racialized, economic inequality.”
Middlebury College is introducing a course called “Beyond Intersectionality,” which considers the “limits of the original theory” and looks for “developing anti-racist and anti-capitalist feminisms.” Middlebury is also offering topics asking, “What is your gender and how do you know?” and teaching students how “female-identifying subjects position themselves (and their bodies) rhetorically in a male-dominated society.”
Creighton University holds dozens of courses where they interject social justice methods in topics ranging from food to Islam to classical marriage, and so forth. One course at the Jesuit institution in the communications department instructs students on how to become “color brave.” They also offer a class titled “Theatre for Social Justice,” in which students write and perform sketches about the effects of climate change.
And at DePaul University, according to the YAF, the concept of capitalism is being incorporated into a course on surviving against zombies.
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