By Mike DeNardo

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Hurricanes. Earthquakes. The fiscal cliff. Unrest in Gaza. Signs of the apocalypse? Some college courses have been examining that possibility.

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Rutgers-Camden religion professor Stuart Charme’s class on the end of the world is in its final days before the Mayan calendar ends its cycle on December 21st — the day some believe the apocalypse will arrive. Charme calls this the most apocalyptic semester ever.

“This semester we had the convergence of economic factors, natural disaster factors, political factors. I mean, it was all there.”

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Charme’s course looks at how doomsday predictions are recycled, and what makes people buy in.

Senior Victoria Christodoulou is taking the course.

“Given the fact that the Mayan calendar so-called predicts that it’s going to end in this semester, the fact that Rutgers is offering a class, I figured, ‘Why not?’ It would probably be fun to literally learn from a teacher and not just Google searches and stuff.”

And where will she be on December 21st?

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“I have a final at 9 am. I’m failing that class, so fingers crossed that the world DOES end!”