- Nov 29, 2020
I've often wondered how widespread classes on specific pop culture are. I know a university in Washington (can't remember which one) does/did offer a course on Buffy, and I have heard of the odd class here or there doing the same for Star Wars, but outside a course studying popular culture in the broader sense, and including Buffy, Star Wars etc. as a small part of the scheduled material, I don't know that it is really common to do this.Question for our academicians:
How many other shows have studies devoted to them? (Offhand, I know there are studies devoted solely to Alien, Star Trek, and Twilight Zone. I'm sure there are more, but college classes on TV series isn't something I'd know. It does seem to me that the more "trivia" and essay books there are on a series the more likely there is a class on it somewhere.)
I know there are Buffy Studies. So unless such (studies/classes focused on a specific MODERN series) are a dime a dozen then surely that's a point to be made that it's probably different from what they're expecting.
My alma mater certainly never allowed such a thing to be taught. It was nothing but dusty tomes and pretentiously obscure reads/film in foreign languages for us, but it was also quite a snobbish university too, so maybe that was the reason. I remember one student wanting to write her thesis on fairy tales, and the professors I was working with really sneared at the idea. I thought it was great, and had thought of a Beauty and the Beast analysis across non-fantasy material, but quickly changed my own thesis to match the mood of the school. In hindsight, I wish I hadn't.