Michigan State University Offers Zombie Survival Class

Learn how to outwit the undead

By Tierney McAfee
|  Wednesday, Mar 7, 2012  |  Updated 4:21 AM PDT
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Michigan State University Offers Zombie Survival Class

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The annual Zombie Walk in Sydney, Australia in February raised money for the Brain Foundation, and this year teamed up with FX channel in promotion of "The Walking Dead" series premiering in Australia.

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Prepare for the night of the living dead. No, seriously — you can. Michigan State University School of Social Work professor Glen Stutzky is offering an online class on how to survive a zombie invasion, Mother Nature Network reported.

The seven-week class, “Surviving the Coming Zombie Apocalypse: Catastrophes & Human Behavior,” will kick off in May with a simulated zombie plague in which students must use their brains — or lose their brains.

In a promotional YouTube video for the class, Stutzky says, "In times of catastrophes, some people find their humanity. Others lose theirs." He aims to use the zombie metaphor to teach social work students about how humans behave and interact in times of crisis.

Stutzky will also cover past pandemics such as the Great Plague and the Shaanxi earthquake in China. "Students will learn about the nature, scope and impact of catastrophic events on individuals, families, societies, civilizations and the Earth itself," he said.

Stutzky took a cue from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which last year published an official zombie apocalypse survival guide featuring tips on how to prepare for a zombie virus outbreak.

While the guidebook may come in handy during the dawn of the dead, we think the course is more cohesive. Where else can you learn how to outwit the undead — and pick up two college credits?

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