Northwestern offers class on ‘Mad Men’

NEW YORK - OCTOBER 17: (L-R) Actors Cara Buono, Elisabeth Moss, writer/executive producer Matthew Weiner, Christina Hendricks and Jon Hamm attend the 'Mad Men' season 4 finale screening at the 21 Club on October 17, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

So you’re a freshman at Northwestern University and you need to schedule a class to fill out your credit hours while giving you free time to watch Mad Men back in your dorm over and over again. 

Well why not combine the two and enroll in “Consumerism and Social Change in Mad Men America, 1960-1963?”  That’s right, you can flex all your Sterling Cooper knowledge in this class being taught by history professor and Mad Men fan Michael Allen.  Allen states about his new class offering that:

“One of the main questions of that period is the origins of social reform movements, like civil rights and feminism. It shows the way the 1950s and 1960s blend together and how they related to each other.”

Man this should be a cinch for an A if you’re already hooked on the show.  I mean for cig smoking sake your mid-term paper could be about Don Draper.  Well, actually I think I’d have to do mine on the, “Ever evolving curvature accentuation of Joan Harris portrayed by Christina Hendricks in relation to late 50’s feminist movements in America.”  Your mom and dad or tuition would have to foot the bill for all the Mad Men DVDs! 

There are currently 16 freshman enrolled in the class.  Lauren Sanders said of her decision to enroll that:

“When I came across ‘Mad Men’ on the freshman seminar offerings, I was instantly interested.  Plus the fact that you got to watch TV as homework I thought was pretty cool.”

I would suspect that number to increase to however large the freshman student body is at Northwestern next year.  This depends, of course, on the future of the class and Allen’s desire to continue:

“I hope to teach it again, but I think how many times I teach it again, or when I teach it again might depend on how long the show survives and also what happens in the show,” he said. “As long as the show continues, I will most likely teach it once or twice more.”

Kids DO have it easy these days!

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