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Five UNLV classes we wish we could take

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UNLV’s Chef Artist Event Management course has featured celebrity chefs like Guy Fieri.

CS 482: Artificial Intelligence No, you’re not building buddies for C-3P0 and R2-D2 in this class offered by UNLV’s Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering. It’s a survey of artificial intelligence technologies like natural language processing. What’s that, you ask? Think Watson, the computer that laid waste to Ken Jennings on Jeopardy!

FAB 373: Chef Artist Event Management Celebrity chefs are nearly as prolific as DJs on Las Vegas Boulevard, so it makes perfect sense that the esteemed William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration would offer a class focused on the famous foodies. Students spend the semester organizing, marketing, staffing and ultimately managing a reception and dinner featuring a celebrity chef. Past participants include Joël Robuchon, Kerry Simon and Guy Fieri.

JOUR 447: Online Games, Virtual Worlds and Social Networks Linden Lab reported last June that more than 1 million users sign on to its Second Life virtual “world” each month, and students in this class learn about that virtual culture (business, journalism, relationships, etc.) while using the program itself. In fact, for half of the semester they meet in “class” on it, too.

MUS 129: Sex and Violence in Opera With bohemian artists burning their work for fire fuel (La Boheme) and slutty noblemen (Don Giovanni), opera is already pretty dramatic. This class focuses on those dramatic aspects and their significance to the art of opera.

PEX 160: Latin Nightclub Dance Why take Pilates or badminton when you can take Latin nightclub dance? Students learn salsa, rumba, cha-cha and merengue (and apparently a little East Coast swing, too)—a college course that translates perfectly to the club.

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