Crazy College Course Titles has a list of bizarre college course titles, and this has got to my favorite — and I’m going to be at Belmont in two weeks. Hope to meet the teacher.

3. “Oh, Look, a Chicken!” Embracing Distraction as a Way of Knowing

Belmont University

Not only does it have an amazing name, “Oh, Look, a Chicken!” has the best course description I’ve ever read:

“Oh, look, a Chicken”….This course will pursue ways of knowing through embracing [little ants, carrying a morsel of food across the table] what it means to be a distracted [I could sure enjoy a peanut butter sandwich right now] learner as well as [OMG--I get to go to the beach this summer] developing an awareness [I need to trim my fingernails] of one’s senses. The instructor teaches in the school of music, [do I hear water dripping?] so there will be an element related to that woven [spiders are amazing] into the course. [oh, it's the fish tank behind me] Those registering for this section may even learn to juggle [I'll be right down, I just have to finish this...what was I working on?].

About Scot McKnight

Scot McKnight is a recognized authority on the New Testament, early Christianity, and the historical Jesus. McKnight, author of more than forty books, is the Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, IL.

  • Russell

    I have many friends who graduated from Belmont, including my wife. I’m not sure whether to make fun of them or take the class.

  • Tom


    I want to take(gosh I need to stop at the Bank) this course…

  • Jeff Stewart

    ADOS “Attention Deficit Oh Squirrel!” plain and simple.

  • DRT

    My daughter keeps doing that to me, look! A bird!

    Perhaps you can tell by the way I post multiple

  • DRT

    oh, multiple posts that I may have, just a bit of difficulty, at times when I am at work or at home.

  • DRT

    Sorry, in getting complete thoughts in before hitting submit.

  • Rodney

    My daughter attends Belmont. Don’t know if I want to know whether I’m paying for a course like that.

  • LarryS

    the course description has ADHD written all over it.

  • Jared
  • Duane

    Where are you going to be? Speaking publicly? I want to alert my daugter (Belmont ’08) who lives nearby.

  • Ann F-R

    I loved Patrick Lencioni’s take on this personality type (his) at Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit a few weeks ago. When someone such as he presents, it’s easy to see how helpful it can be in certain professions & callings. Perhaps I appreciate that, too, because I’ve been known for leaping onto tangents and leaving my family asking, “now, how did you get way the dickens over there???” :)