If you're still disappointed that your letter from Hogwarts never arrived, a college in California is offering its decidedly muggle students the next best thing: the chance to enroll in a Harry Potter-themed study abroad course.
California State University San Marcos students can earn course credit if they sign up for the "British Culture and Harry Potter" class, described as "a combination of travel, experiential learning and academic investigation."
On its website, the university insisted the three-week course is grounded in rigorous academic standards:
During your time abroad you will:
- Explore and experience through travel the cultural and historical locations in England and Scotland that inspired the Harry Potter series
- Identify and assess the similarities and differences between the novels and films and the ways in which each drew inspiration from cultural sites in Great Britain
- Develop critical thinking skills about complex social issues relating to inequality, race, and gender within the context of contemporary Great Britain.