Get the scoop on zombies and witches, gothic literature and haunted buildings on campus. Learn about the origins of Halloween and why everyone loves horror movies. See what creepy courses you can take next semester. From all of us here in the Arts and Sciences, we wish you a spook-tacular Halloween!
Beware ... and read on if you dare!
Anthropology Professor Jeff Cohen gives us a crash course in all things zombie-related.
Merrill Kaplan, associate professor, Folklore and Scandinavian Studies in the Departments of English and Germanic Languages and Literatures, gives us some insight into the origins of Halloween and explains some similarities and differences between the spooky holiday of the past and today's trick-or-treat fest.
Sarah Johnston, Arts and Humanities Distinguished Professor of Religion in the Department of Classics, has taught classes on magic and witchcraft, focusing on its history and culture from medieval and early modern periods and its far-reaching impact on society. Her current research concentrates on Greek myth and the afterlife.
Jane Greene, of the Film Studies Program, discusses why we like the horror genre so much, what elements go into a successful horror movie and gives us her recommendations for the best horror movies to watch this Halloween.
Maryna Matlock, a graduate teaching associate in the Department of English, describes her favorite Gothic fiction novel and what about the genre of Gothic literature interests her.
At the College of Arts and Sciences, if you can think of it, chances are we have a class (or six) that covers it. Uncovers it. And dives deeper into every facet of it. But don't take our word for it. See for yourself.
Vampires and Zombies and Witches — oh my! In the Arts and Sciences, you'll have the opportunity to learn about monsters, supernatural creatures and anything else that goes bump in the night, from historical perspectives to modern day popular culture. Check out these spooky ASC courses guaranteed to give you goosebumps!
Changing approaches to evil as embodied in vampires in East European folk belief and European and American pop culture; function of vampire and monster tales in cultural context.
A study of the history of witchcraft and magic from 400 to 1700 C.E. within sociological, religious and intellectual contexts.
Students will understand how culture and social organization help us define the living, the dead and the undead in the contemporary and archaeological record, and how we create social categories that organize our world and our place.
Pomerene Hall is said to be haunted by Dr. Clark, a professor in the early 1900s, whose remains were found where the building stands today. It's also said that his wife’s ghost began to haunt Mirror Lake in a pink dress, soon after his death.
Be wary of the elevator in Hopkins Hall. Supposedly haunted by a graduate who got stuck in the elevator all night and had a nervous breakdown, people have reported seeing scratches and notes inside.
Ever get the feeling you’re being watched? You’re not alone. It is rumored that flickering lights can be seen coming from the bell tower late at night, evidence that Edward Orton, the university’s first president, still haunts the building.