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Professor raises eyebrows by awarding extra credit for going on dates. And it’s not as easy as it sounds.

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And they call these places institutes of higher learning?

Boston College philosophy professor Kerry Cronin is called the “dating professor,” but not because she’s courting beaus for herself, as cynics may expect given the growing number of cases of teachers engaging in sexual relationships with students.

No, Cronin earned the label for offering her students extra credit for asking someone out on a date and pulling off the feat without any physical contact, The Washington Post reported.

Other stipulations of the unorthodox assignment is the date can only be 90 minutes, there can be no alcohol and the person who asks picks up the tab.

“Nobody’s interesting after three hours,” Cronin declares.


The professor told the newspaper “the social script of dating was really long gone” and the hookup culture has relegated dating to becoming “a weirdly countercultural thing to do.”

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In effect, a sober conversation over a cup of coffee “can feel more intimate than getting naked” with someone for today’s college students, The Post’s Lisa Bonos wrote.

Cronin cites an older average age of first marriages and student debt as overriding factors on why students don’t prioritize dating and relationships, and she’s set on changing that.

Pointing to today’s “hypersexualized” culture, she said students are more focused on sex than on “the foibles and the hard work and the joys and the despair of just casual dating.”

If you haven’t picked up on it just yet, Cronin shows few signs of being a romantic at heart.

“This is mostly not about meeting your soul mate; it’s mostly about social courage and challenging yourself to be a little countercultural, to do something you know you want to do,” Cronin said. “And to just be okay with being a little awkward, a little vulnerable and asking a little bit of yourself.”

One thing is certain, the “dating professor” made for some very interesting, if not entertaining reactions online.

Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:




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