This Exists: College Course on Miley Cyrus

Professor insists it will be serious, no twerking will be taught

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 28, 2014 10:59 AM CDT

(Newser) – OK, this makes the Bruce Springsteen college course seem like a quantum mechanics class in comparison: New York's Skidmore College is offering a summer course on ... Miley Cyrus. Students at the Saratoga Springs campus will be subjected to discussions of the pop star for two-and-a-half hours per day, three days per week, and the visiting assistant professor of sociology leading the class says it will focus on, as the Daily Gazette puts it, "ingrained issues of race, class, gender, and media as reflected by" Miley's career. As for twerking, the professor tells the Saratogian students will have to "learn to twerk on your own time."

Specifically, "The Sociology of Miley Cyrus" will study how Cyrus shed her wholesome image and adopted her newfound, kinda gross one, and the related sociological implications. Reads the course description: "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. She provides rich examples for analyzing aspects of intersectional identities and media representation." The professor insists that, though it was Miley's "twerk heard 'round the world" that inspired the class, it's actually going to be a "rigorous" course. As of yesterday, only three people had signed up. No word from Miley herself, but the professor tells ABC News Cyrus would be welcomed as a guest speaker.

Miley Cyrus arrives at the 56th annual GRAMMY awards - salute to industry icons with Clive Davis, on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif.   (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP)
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