Beyonce! Bruce Springsteen! Miley Cyrus! Check Out Some of the Coolest College Courses
Summer is almost over (sorry!), and it's about to be time for school. Between History 101 and English 300, several institutions of higher learning are offering courses on some of the country's most influential artists. (We're looking at you, Beyonce!)
We scoured the Internet and came up with our favorite artist-specific classes from around the country that are either available this year, or have been touted in the past. Just imagine listening to a lecture on one of these subjects.
"The Beatles" (UCLA)
UCLA is far from the only school to have a course on the Fab Four. Just picture afternoons of Abbey Road discussions...
Dream guest lecturer: Freda Kelly
"Politicizing Beyonce" (Rutgers University)
Her 2014 VMA performance -- with Queen Bey standing in front of a "Feminist" backdrop -- is sure to give students plenty to unpack.
Dream guest lecturer: Solange
"The Sociology of Hip-Hop: The Theodicy of Jay-Z" (Georgetown University)
Bey's husband also gets his own course. Fingers crossed this gives fans another excuse to do a deep-dive through Decoded.
Dream guest lecturer: Kanye West
"Bruce Springsteen Theology Course" (Rutgers University)
Rutgers is really delivering: This course reportedly explores 40 years of the singer's iconic lyrics.
Dream guest lecturer: Chris Christie
"Lady Gaga and the Sociology of Fame" (University of Southern California)
Hopefully this course will devote significant time to two things: 1.) Casting and kissing Alexander Skarsgard in the "Paparazzi" video and 2.) Relationship with fans in the social media age.
Dream guest lecturer: Lady Starlight
"The Textual Appeal of Tupac Shakur" (University of Washington)
Among many other courses on Tupac around the country, this class focuses on getting Tupac's iconic words the rich analysis they deserve.
Dream guest lecturer: 50 Cent
"The Sociology of Miley Cyrus: Race, Class, Gender and Media" (Skidmore College)
We imagine there will be a serious discussion on cultural appropriation, twerking, and partying in the USA.
Dream guest lecturer: Billy Ray Cyrus
"Good Kid Maad City" Kendrick Lamar English Course (Georgia Regents University)
This English composition course focuses on the storytelling in the lyrics to this album.
Dream guest lecturer: Schoolboy Q
"Jay Z and Kanye West" (University of Missouri)
According to a class description this English course takes a look at the respective careers of these two friends as it relates to the notion of hte American Dream.
Dream guest lecturer: North West and Blue Ivy Carter
"The Phenomenology of Performance: David Bowie" (University of Southern Maine)
This course apparently looks at Bowie's career, and his blurring of the line between high art and pop.
Dream guest lecturer: Tilda Swinton
"Hip-Hop Eshu: The Life and Times of Lil' Kim" (Syracuse University, 2004)
The course -- which Lil' Kim herself dropped by once -- requires students to read Kim's song lyrics as literary texts and analyze her iconography in videos and performances.
Dream guest lecturer: Nicki Minaj...just kidding.
"Madonna the Phenomenon" (University of Amsterdam)
This 1997 course knew there was plenty to cover about her Madgesty: her music, her movies, her influence on young starlets. Heck, an updated version of the course should even include her Instagram account.
Dream guest lecturer: Britney Spears
"Michael Jackson: The Business of Music" (Clark Atlanta University)
This business-minded course focuses on the business practices of the King of Pop.
Dream guest lecturer: Quincy Jones