The University of Exeter Will Soon Let You Major in Magic

The first-of-its-kind program won’t teach you how to cast spells or brew positions.

Credit: University of Exeter
Credit: University of Exeter

The University of Exeter will soon offer a postgraduate degree in magic and occult science. The first-of-its-kind program, housed under the university’s Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, won’t teach you how to cast spells or brew positions, but it will study everything from the depiction of dragons in arts and literature to the influence of magic on science and society.

The program comes amid a rise of curiosity in magic and the arcane, along with a strengthened interest in witches and witchcraft fueled by social media. It’s a far cry from Exeter’s past as a city that once hanged women for allegedly practicing witchcraft. Other schools have offered courses and certificates on the subject of the occult, but Exeter will be the first to offer an entire degree dedicated to it.

Professor Emily Selove, who is spearheading the course, said, "A recent surge in interest in magic and the occult inside and outside of academia lies at the heart of the most urgent questions of our society. Decolonization, the exploration of alternative epistemologies, feminism, and anti-racism are at the core of this program."