Hot New Minor at U. of Arizona: Hip-Hop

But don't expect to just sit around listening to music

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 7, 2013 11:31 AM CST | Updated Jan 12, 2013 8:06 AM CST

(Newser) – Who needs those overrated, underpaying MBAs? At the University of Arizona, you can now minor in hip-hop. The school, which has been offering courses on hip-hop since 2004, recently made the subject available as one of the concentrations of its Africana Studies program, the Los Angeles Times reports. "Hip-hop ... affects every single discipline and aspects of society," says the interim director of the wildly popular program, which he says isn't just an easy A.

The curriculum includes a focus on hip-hop's interaction with politics, marketing, and other areas. Other experts are excited about the new minor, too: The Music Department chair at Cornell, which is one of the leading universities studying hip-hop, says that "the idea of acknowledgment of the deep impact hip-hop has in many areas, across cultures" is "a very positive development."

Jay-Z performs the inaugural concert at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Sept. 28, 2012, in New York.   (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
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