Some Central Michigan University students are studying zombies this semester in a class that explores ancient texts and apocalyptic themes in the media.
CMU philosophy and religion faculty member Kelly Murphy says her course, "From Revelation to 'The Walking Dead,'" says thinking about the end and imagining life in a different way is something that humans have always done.
Murphy said she has always wanted to teach a course on apocalyptic literature, and is a fan of the AMC cable TV show "The Walking Dead."
Murphy's class will discuss ancient biblical texts including the books of Daniel, Enoch and Revelation; review popular novels such as "World War Z;" and watch clips from zombie movies such as "Shaun of the Dead" and "28 Days Later."
Students also will discuss hypothetical ethical and theological problems people could encounter in a postapocalyptic world.