Skidmore College Introduces Course on Miley Cyrus
If you enjoy thought-provoking discussions about sociological issues, like race and gender, but you’ve also been known to gyrate your barely-clad hips up against foreign objects, Skidmore College has just the course for you.
Miley Studies aren’t just fodder for Goss Gawkers anymore. Skidmore College, a private liberal arts institution in Upstate New York (and one of the priciest in the nation), is offering up a course that focuses on the study of the provocative pop star. It’s not that Miley’s the first celebrity to have her personal and professional lives dissected by the coeds of America. Jay Z, Beyonce and Kanye West are the subjects of sociology-esque courses at various colleges across America.
Carolyn Chernoff is the woman behind “The Sociology of Miley Cyrus: Race, Class, Gender, and Media.” The course, to be introduced in May, promises to explore issues surrounding identity, sexuality, class, fame and oppression.
Chernoff says the curriculum was inspired by Miley’s now-infamous sideshow at last summer’s Video Music Awards.
“I was teaching a course called Youth Culture in and out of School, and the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards (VMA) became the twerk heard ’round the world. I showed that video to my class and the students had so much to say.”