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Students in Texas who are fans of Harry Styles will soon be able to study the work of the former One Direction singer since it has officially become a school subject.
Texas State University at San Marcos is offering a college course on the “As It Was” singer starting in the spring of 2023.
Associate Professor of Digital History, Dr. Louie Dean Valencia, will teach the course titled “Harry Styles and the Cult of Celebrity: Identity, the Internet, and European Pop Culture.”
Valencia took to TikTok to share how excited he was to offer the unique college course.
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“I’m that professor who will be teaching a course on Harry Styles at #TXST University in the spring of 2023! Follow for [mostly] Content related to Harry, the classroom, books and coffee.”
The University of Texas professor concluded the social media caption with a few hashtags, including #harrystyles, #loveontour2022 and #1D.
He also posted on Twitter on Friday about the college class on the former One Direction band member.
“It’s official, official. I’m teaching the world’s first-ever college class on the work of Harry Styles…” the mentioned tweet.
Two photos were attached to the Twitter message: one from an official email offering the Harry Styles class, the second being a poster for the class, which included a photo of the pop singer and information about the class.
According to the class flyer, the honors university course will focus on Styles’ music, as well as “the cultural and political development of modern stardom as it relates to issues of gender and sexuality, race, class, nation and globalism, media, fashion, fan culture, internet culture and consumerism.”
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Not only will students study Styles’ solo work, including his albums and films, but the course will explore albums released by his former band, One Direction.
The inspiration behind the class came from research Valencia worked on during the COVID lockdown in the summer of 2020.
“When I couldn’t travel to do my usual research, I started researching Harry – focusing on his art, how masculinity has changed over the past decade, celebrity culture and Internet,” the professor told NBC Dallas-Fort Worth.
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