Harry Styles is set to become the subject of a university module, after Texas State University confirmed students would be offered the subject in Spring 2023.
The college’s Associate Professor of Digital History, Dr Louie Dean Valenica, shared the news on Twitter, joking: ‘This is what tenure looks like.’
The course, titled Harry Styles And The Cult Of Celebrity: Identity, The Internet And European Pop Culture, will see students study the hitmaker and his impact on the industry in relation to ‘questions of gender and sexuality.’
That’s a new topic! Harry Styles is set to become the subject of a university module, after Texas State University confirmed students would be offered the subject in Spring 2023
In his tweet, Dr Louis shared an image of the course’s poster, alongside an email from the Honors College confirming the module would be available for students next year.
The module’s poster notes it will focus ‘on British musician Harry Styles and popular European culture to understand the cultural and political development of the modern celebrity as related to questions of gender and sexuality, race, class, nation and globalism, media, fashion, fan culture, internet culture, and consumerism.’
The module will count towards Honors Studies, History (European or World) and International Studies at Texas State University.
He did it! The college’s Associate Professor of Digital History, Dr Louie Dean Valenica, shared the news on Twitter, joking: ‘This is what tenure looks like’
Students taking European Studies, Popular Cultural Studies, Diversity Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies courses will also be able to take the module.
Discussing his decision to propose the course, Dr Valencia told KXAN: ‘The way I like to describe the class is that it’s really about the history of the last 12 years or so.
‘So, it is about Harry Styles in the same way that some classes are about the Beatles. You might take a class like that to learn about, ”What were the ’60s like?”
In depth: The course will see students study the hitmaker and his impact in relation to ‘questions of gender and sexuality’
This is not the first time a chart-topping star has become the topic of a university course, with New York University’s Clive Davis Institute announcing in February that Taylor Swift would be studied by its students.
The first-ever course – which already boasted a ‘long waitlist’ – launched on Sunday, January 26 and would continue through Wednesday, March 9, according to Variety.
‘This course proposes to deconstruct both the appeal and aversions to Taylor Swift through close readings of her music and public discourse as it relates to her own growth as an artist and a celebrity,’ read the official course description.
A rep told the outlet that Swift, 32, has been formally invited to speak to the class but the request is ‘still pending.’
Class is in session! This is not the first time a chart-topping star has become the topic of a university course, with Taylor Swift also becoming the subject of study for New York students
The Taylor Swift-centered course was being taught by Rolling Stones staff writer and self-professed Swift ‘super fan’ Brittany Spanos.
It was noted in the course description that Swift’s career would be examined through political and cultural lenses.
Chair of the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, Jason King, told Variety that introducing a class about Taylor Swift was ‘a no-brainer’ and that the idea was originally proposed to him by Spanos.
Harry is set to take to the stage at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium on Wednesday for his only Love On Tour show in Ireland.
He has recently been compared to late Queen star Freddie Mercury after his ‘mesmerising’ string of gigs.
He has been wowing audiences across the world with his Love On Tour show – with former One Direction bandmate Niall Horan among the faces in the crowd at his London show on Sunday.
Some concertgoers compared him to music legend Freddie, who was known for his flamboyant performances before his tragic death in 1991.
Anticipated: Harry is set to take to the stage at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium on Wednesday for his only Love On Tour show in Ireland