From their first steps on campus for orientation to walking across the stage on graduation day, students are usually bombarded with leftist propaganda. College campuses facilitate the perfect environment for indoctrination, providing a platform for radical professors to teach their opinion as fact. As a young woman in college, I know firsthand how difficult it can be to stand behind conservative values in the face of leftist campus culture.
Conservative parents are in a catch-22. While still wanting the best education possible for their kids, they’re left questioning whether it’s worth their children having to endure the overwhelmingly progressive environment. A March 2020 study by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found that these fears are not unfounded: Over 30 percent of students say they have moved ideologically left since starting college.
While leftists are definitely the loudest voices on most campuses, many students are still trying to figure out where on the political spectrum they fall. This is where leftist professors swoop in, preying on young, impressionable students with their dogma.
To understand just how normalized these radical ideas are on campus, look at the curriculum for which students pay thousands and thousands of dollars. All of the colleges featuring them are also subsidized by taxpayers, either directly through institutional grants or indirectly through taxpayer-subsidized student loans, or both. Here are 10 of the craziest leftist courses on campus that you are paying for.
1. Smith College’s ‘White Supremacy in the Age of Trump’
At Smith, students in the gender studies department can learn all about the role of white supremacy in mainstream politics. The course description says the professor examines the connection between white privilege and white supremacy, focusing on Donald Trump and his presidency. The class “explore[s] how to build a human rights movement to counter the white supremacist movement in the U.S.”
Alexandria Rodriguez, a recent graduate of Smith College, took this course and said in a Smith newsletter that the professor “really emphasized calling in and focusing on those who are working against us.” Rodriguez noted that this class allowed her to keep “the real enemies in the focus in order to successfully work towards our collective goals.”
2. Wesleyan University’s ‘Social Norms and Social Power’
This course takes a detailed look at “the normal” in the United States, without bothering to define what “the normal” actually is. The class description says being a part of “the normal” comes with privileges and penalties. Students analyze people in hierarchical power structures and how their “bodily difference and social identity” coincide with the societal perception of normalness. By dissecting media, novels, and films, students look into how “the norm” is created, duplicated, and confronted.
3. Hunter College’s ‘Bathroom Politics’
Public restrooms were desegregated in the 1990s. Ever since then, most people have paid little attention to them. Students of Hunter College, however, have the opportunity to take an entire class dedicated to bathrooms. Professors teach about various state policies that have segregated public spaces based on race and sex. This course dives into the overwhelming feelings of “anxiety, fear of contamination, and threat of violence” that many apparently experience when going to the bathroom.
4. Willamette University’s ‘Feminist Sites of Struggle’
This course is dedicated to the left’s favorite topics: struggle and oppression. Delving into what it means to be a feminist, students explore what Willamette describes as the numerous “systems of oppression” that characterize feminist rhetoric. The professor guides students in looking at systems of “power and oppression” from an intersectional perspective. One of the course expectations is for students to commit “at least 7 crimes against the status quo” with proof to share with the class.
5. University of Florida’s ‘Black Lives Matter’
The state school University of Florida dedicates an entire course to Black Lives Matter. Students are promised they will gain an understanding of how and why Black Lives Matter was formed and what it aims to accomplish. This course questions “the failures of democracy, capitalism, the criminal justice system, and local and national leadership” and how they relate to the Black Lives Matter movement.
Students are required to watch an assortment of films, including a documentary entitled “Stay Woke: The Black Lives Matter Movement.” The course description notes the ultimate goal of this course is to prepare activists, urge them to bring their activism into the academy, and provide a deeper understanding of the Black Lives Matter movement.
6. New York University’s ‘First Year Writing Seminar: Gender and Masculinities’
From what clothes we put on in the morning to our “sense of self” and “access to power and privilege,” this course teaches gender plays a role. Throughout the class, students learn about the copious influence gender has on our lives — on our relationships, work, body image, and the list goes on.
Sex, or what the class calls gender, is not what people are born with, but rather what they create, the course teaches. Students learn that gender is not natural but is manufactured by social factors, including race and politics.
The main focus of this seminar, however, is masculinity and how men are “almost universally privileged.” The professor explores how the pitting of masculinity against femininity has led to the overwhelming number of men in positions of power, leaving women in the dust.
7. Northeastern University’s ‘Gender and Reproductive Justice’
Northeastern offers an entire course on feminists’ favorite topic: reproductive “rights.” The course description goes out of its way to include abortion as an essential part of reproductive health care. It’s interesting that what the left considers health care includes the murder of millions of babies each year in the United States alone.
This course takes a look at the social, economic, and legal restrictions that prevent women from accessing such “health care” in the United States and beyond. Students are propagandized about both the reproductive justice and pro-life, or what the university calls “anti-choice,” movements.
8. Mount Holyoke College’s ‘What’s to Be Done About Capitalism?’
From college lecture halls to presidential debate stages, capitalism is constantly questioned. Freshmen at Mount Holyoke can take an entire seminar dedicated to it. In this course, students learn from scholars described as “key thinkers” on the issue, including Karl Marx, whose “The Communist Manifesto” advocates for the abolition of private property and individualism.
9. University of Virginia’s ‘Comparative Gender Stratification’
This course at the University of Virginia examines the concept of gender stratification, more commonly known as gender inequality. Gender stratification is the notion that men have advantages that give them ample, yet unequal, opportunities that women are denied.
In this course, students learn the many theories behind this concept as well as how it has evolved in the United States. The course description says the professor compares the contemporary types of gender stratification, such as “local level” gender near-equality and extreme gender inequality, as seen in the Middle East.
10. Pace University’s ‘Gay Male Experiences’
At Pace University, students in the Women’s and Gender Studies Department can take a course about the experiences of gay men in America. The course description notes that when people imagine a gay man, most think of a “young, urban, middle-class, university-educated, thin, able-bodied, cis-gendered, white male.”
But this is an extremely limited view of a very complex group of people, the description explains. The professor is said to offer a thorough look into how society’s idea of male homosexuality has changed throughout the years, while focusing on the restrictive stereotypes still pushed today.
These courses show the overwhelming propaganda students encounter on campus and how it captures too many of them. Leftist professors capitalize on their captive audience of young adults, indoctrinating them with Marxist propaganda taught as fact. I have yet to find a Women’s Studies course that teaches traditional, pro-family values.
The effects of this indoctrination reach so much further than merely the classroom, eventually pervading society. Colleges are breeding a generation that believes individualism and religion are abhorrent while communism and conformity are worth fighting for.