You Won’t Believe Harvards New Class Subject!
Harvard University, known for its prestigious academic programs, is set to offer a new and unique course this upcoming spring semester. Titled “Taylor Swift and Her World,” the for-credit class will delve into the life and music of the popular pop singer Taylor Swift. The instructor of the course, Stephanie Burt, a transgender individual and a professor at Harvard, shared details about the highly anticipated course with TMZ.
According to Burt, the course will cover various aspects of Swift’s life, including her relationships and her music. The current center of discussion regarding Swift’s personal life is her romance with Kansas City Chiefs tight end, Travis Kelce. Cox, a student at Harvard University, expressed her excitement for the course, stating that it sounds “really cool.” She further added, “There’s a reason people want to have a course on it: to have a discussion.”
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Harvard offers course on Taylor Swift https://t.co/E38vq4BHU0
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The main focus of the course will be on Swift’s lyrics and creative compositions, with a specific emphasis on their connections to other page-based poets and authors. Burt explained that the course will also explore how Swift uses her social media presence, stage performance, and fashion as vehicles for her art. According to the professor, this is an opportunity to “build some bridges to things they would not have otherwise encountered that they might also love.”
Students will be required to write papers for the course, but they will also be encouraged to express themselves in other creative ways, such as by creating music videos. Perates, a graduate student at Harvard, shared her thoughts on the course, stating that including popular culture into regular academic programs is essential to engage students. She added that it would be “really fun” to learn about something she loves.
The course has already generated a lot of interest, with an estimated 300 students signing up for it. This is not the first time a class on Taylor Swift has been offered at a university. Ghent University in Belgium, the University of Texas at Austin, Rice University, Berklee College of Music, the University of California at Berkeley, Arizona State, New York University, and Stanford have all offered courses focusing on Swift and her music.
“I studied at Harvard. I even took a Taylor Swift course..”
— Xa Vee (@TheTrailblaze14) November 29, 2023
Burt also mentioned in an interview with Boston-based news outlet WCVB Channel 5 that the course will explore connections between Swift and literary figures from the past, such as William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Burt, who identifies as transgender, also expressed the importance of including popular culture in academic discussions. “I love that I’m able to do this in a way that both gives people the chance to study and write about things they love,” Burt said in the interview.
With the course already gaining significant attention and receiving positive feedback from both students and experts, it is evident that “Taylor Swift and Her World” will be a hit at Harvard University. The unique combination of music, literature, and pop culture is sure to provide an engaging and educational experience for all students enrolled in the course.