Miley Cyrus Course to Be Offered at College

Celebrity News Mar. 30, 2014 AT 10:30AM
Miley Cyrus Skidmore College in upstate NY will be offering a course called "The Sociology of Miley Cyrus: Race, Class, Gender and Media." Credit: Larry Marano/Getty Images

Skidmore College is offering a course called "The Sociology of Miley Cyrus: Race, Class, Gender, and Media." That's right, you can study Miley Cyrus and get school credit for it at the same time.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology Carolyn Chernoff will teach the class at the private liberal arts school located in Saratoga Springs, New York.

"From Disney tween to twerking machine, Miley Cyrus has grown up in the public eye, trying on and discarding very different identities onscreen and off," reads the course description. "She provides rich examples for analyzing aspects of intersectional identities and media representation."

Some of those examples include: "Uses of culture across race, class, and gender," "Bisexuality, queerness, and the female body," "The Rise of the Disney Princess," and "Gender stratification and the hyper-commodification of childhood.”

"I created it as a creative and rigorous way of looking at what’s relevant about sociology and sociology theory," Chernoff told the Daily Gazette on Wednesday. "Miley Cyrus is a surprisingly complicated cultural moment."

Chernoff watched the fallout from Miley's infamous performance with Robin Thicke at the MTV VMAs and decided there was much to be learned from her behavior.

But if you're hoping for a lesson in twerking, take dance 101.

Chernoff said students enrolling in her class should have at least an introductory background in sociology and be prepared to write, since there are no multiple choice exams in the class.

"They're either going to have to drop the course or get up to speed quickly," she explained.

Miley isn't the first celebrity to get schooled.

Beyoncé is the subject of a course at Rutgers University called "Politicizing Beyoncé," which uses the pop star's music and career to "explore American race, gender and sexual politics."

Professor Chernoff told ABC News her course will be much different.

"Unfortunately, the way we talk about female pop stars and female bodies, class matters, gender matters, sexuality and sexual performance matters, but race matters a lot [too] and the way we talk about white pop stars is quite different than how we talk about the bodies of women of color," she noted. "[Cyrus] complicates representations of the female body in pop culture in some ways that are good, bad, and ugly."

So far, no word from Miley on the subject matter.

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