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Taylor Swift, Beyonce courses in schools, now open for enrollment

by Izel Abanilla

Wanna know more about Taylor Swift? How about Beyonce? Why not “study” them since we’re into “getting to know them more?”

Several universities are offering courses that will help you learn more about your favorite pop celebrities. 

Oh yes, the catch? You’d have to be abroad though.

But don’t worry, we’re here to take you on a digital tour about it. 

So let’s enroll and continue to read about it!

Photo courtesy via @taylorswift on Instagram

Let’s start with Taylor Swift. 

The University of Texas of Austin in the College of Liberal Arts announced on their website in 2022 that you can also study the life of a Pop star, particularly “Focusing on Swift’s music and the cultural contexts in which you can learn about the singer’s writing style, and history. 

Recently, the Arizona State University News announced that they opened a course in Psychology entitled Psychology of Taylor Swift — Advanced Topics of Social Psychology in which you can learn about how a song interpretation has an in-depth psychological explanation. 

If you are thinking that you just learned about this, think again! Courses like this do not happen only this year; in fact there have been courses about prominent artists that universities offered in the past. 

Photo courtesy via @beyoncé Instagram

One example of this is the life of American singer-songwriter Beyonce in Copenhagen University. 

According to University Post magazine, the courses were about her album Lemonade which tells the horrors that black women experience. The course is called, “Beyoncé, Gender and Race.”

And the list goes on.

Interested much? 

Here are the other universities that offer courses about your idols:

  • New York University’s Clive Davis Institute
  • Washington University in St. Louis
  • New York’s Skidmore College
  • Canada’s X University (aka Ryerson University)
  • Arizona State University
  • University of Copenhagen.
  • University of Texas at San Antonio
  • California Polytechnic State University
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Texas Austin
  • Texas State University
  • The University of South Carolina
  • New York University
  • University of Texas
  • Arizona State University

The 10 pop artists and their course titles, according to university sites:

  •  Lana Del Rey – “Topics in Recorded Music: Lana Del Rey.”
  • Kanye West -“Kanye vs Ye: Genius by Design.”, 
  • Miley Cyrus – The Sociology of Miley Cyrus: Race, Class, Gender and Media.”
  • Drake & The Weeknd – “Deconstructing Drake and The Weeknd”
  • Beyonce – “Beyoncé, Gender and Race”
  • Rihanna-“Beyoncé Feminism, Rihanna Womanism.”
  • Harry Styles – “Harry Styles and the Cult of Celebrity: Identity, the Internet and European Pop Culture”
  • Lady Gaga – “Lady Gaga and the Sociology of the Fame”
  • Britney Spears- “#FreeBritney.”
  • Taylor Swift – Psychology of Taylor Swift — Advanced Topics of Social Psychology

What’s your favorite pop celebrity course? Will you enroll? Let us know in the comments!

As the courses stated, it is not just the life of the prominent artists that will be studied, but the background and history of how they make their music and how it influences society and listeners. 

Music is cultural, societal, and not just a rhythm that you always hear. Every lyric from your favorite artists could be a movement for a better generation. 

With reports from Alyza Santos



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