Presbyterian College offering ‘Religion of SEC Football’ course

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This fall, Presbyterian College will be offering a one-credit elective course titled “The Religion of SEC Football.” This is not a joke.

Here’s the course description of “The Religion of SEC Football” from Presbyterian’s website:

“Woo Pig Sooie!? Roll Tide!? Go Cocks!? What is it about college football that turns otherwise sane people into raving lunatics? Why is it that each fall millions of people schedule their lives around SEC football, spending hundreds of thousands of dollars for RV’s and tailgating for days prior to a game? Why do fans often hate another school — such as the ‘Bama fan who poisoned 130-year old trees at Auburn? This class will attempt to answer these sorts of questions by exploring the ‘religion’ of Southeastern Conference football and how each of us fit into that faith.”

Presbyterian is a private liberal-arts college with an undergraduate enrollment of just over 1,000 students located in Clinton, S.C. Presbuterian is no stranger to SEC football; the Blue Hose moved up to Division I in 2007 and since then have played at Ole Miss in 2014, losing 48-0, and at Vanderbilt in 2012, losing 58-0. Presbyterian visits Florida on November 19.

“The Religion of SEC Football” will be taught by Dr. Michael Nelson and Dr. Terry Barr.  Nelson holds the position of chair in the school’s history department. He received his doctorate from the University of Arkansas. His research fields include U.S. diplomatic and military history, Cold War and Vietnam. On his official Presbyterian College biography he writes that he is an “avid college football fan.” Barr is a professor of English who earned both his master’s and doctorate degrees at the University of Tennessee.

If you’d like to take the course. you’ll need to study up and pay up to gain admission to the school. While Presbyterian has instituted a new “test-optional” admissions policy, which no longer requires perspective students to submit standardized test scores, the school lists its annual cost of attendance at $47,186.

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