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MIT Charm School Teaches Social Skills, Street Smarts: Not Sure if This is the Hardest or Easiest Course for MIT Students

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Written by Lambert Varias | March 9, 2012

MIT is famous for attracting and nurturing some of the brightest minds in the world. But you know what they say, nobody’s perfect. You may be able to code a social network, but find it hard to talk to people in real life. But whether the nerd stereotype holds true for MIT’s students or not, it’s still amusing to hear that its Student Life Division is offering honorary Charm Degrees, which involves taking 15-minute classes about social skills and other practical knowledge.


To give you an idea of what the degree offers, here are some of the class titles: How to Make Small Talk: Small Talk Leads to Big Talk, Networking with Grace and Charm, Dress with Success:Maintaining a Professional Wardrobe after the Interview, Say What?!?! Tops for Effective Communication and Accepting that Most People Don’t Understand Quantum Physics Jokes. Just kidding guys.

A student earns a charm credit for each class he attends and will be conferred with a bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree in Charm depending on the number of charm credits they earn. In other words, all you have to do is show up for a 15-minute class and you can get a degree, a condition that no doubt millions of kids wish would apply to normal degrees as well.

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MIT students who think that they are already charming are wrong won’t automatically qualify for the degrees – they still have to attend the classes. MIT students, practice smiling and giving firm handshakes and head to your school’s website to learn more about the Charm School.

[via HLN via Geekologie]