haha not really. The professor tells us to study certain manga for panel layouts,story telling etc etc. They also have other awesome electives like superhero comics, fantasy illustration, character design and so on. Pretty awesome place for artist in general.
wow dude........ i am SEW JEALOUS! its in Georgia? GRR, hows the weather there? I'm not too happy with cold weather but with classes like that I might make an exception for summer time. xD awesome stuff though cuz i really wana get to the level of being able to freelance for like DC comics or smth. but that is like LIGHT YEARS AWAY!!!! wahahah
Weather is normally really nice here and yeah, its in Georgia. There is a entire sequential department here that has helped me immensely. If you can afford it I would recommend it. They will get you good pretty quickly.
hmm My major is sequential art so there is a bunch of strange electives that are awesome. lol but manga class is a little more than just drawing manga. We also learn the history behind manga/anime, such as how it actually originated from them being inspired by Disney etc etc. It is a interesting class and I am learning a bit about story telling and how to target different age audiences as well as techniques used. I wouldn't say it is breeding otakus as much as it is widening horizons.