In another sign that the end might be near, Skidmore College, a liberal arts school in upstate New York, will be offering an entire class this summer dedicated to Miley Cyrus!
Skidmore, which was named by CBS as one of the 25 most expensive private colleges in the nation, is offering the course as part of its summer curriculum. It is not yet known whether “People Magazine” or “Rolling Stone” will be used as the course textbook.
“The Sociology of Miley Cyrus: Race, Class, Gender, and Media” is being taught by Professor Carolyn Chernoff according to a flyer that recently surfaced online. The course will examine Cyus and her identity within pop culture and mass media. From the flyer:
From Disney tween to twerking machine, Miley Cyrus has grown up in the public eye, trying on and discarding very different identities on screen and off.
The course description states further that it uses Cyrus as a lens through which students can explore themes of race, gender, and identity in the media.
The class will also cover a variety of topics including:
- The rise of the Disney Princess
- Gender stratification and the hyper-commodification of childhood
- Transitions to adulthood
- What happens to Disney stars as the entertainment conglomerate age (see also Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, and Christina Aguilera)
- Allies and appropriation
- Uses of culture across race, class, and gender
- Bisexuality, queerness, and the female body
When one reads stories about how Americans student have fallen behind those of other countries in critical disciplines such as math and science, one needs only to look at courses such as this to understand why.
And don’t forget a student at Rutgers can take a class in Beyoncé, and Georgetown offers a class focusing on Jay Z.