Well, it looks like some students will be trading late night talk for late-night study. On July 16, Louie Dean Valencia, an associate professor at Texas State University, announced that he will teach a course on Harry Styles and his reigning cultural influence. Valencia even claimed that this is the first every university course on Styles' work.
Okay, that sounds totally iconic. Where do I go to register? It's possible that the students in Class on Styles would take the most stressful algebra exam.
Harry Styles and the Cult of Celebrity: Identity, the Internet, and European Pop Culture, according to a course flyer also attached to Valencias tweet (in case you are wondering, the class will be held on-campus Mondays and Wednesdays at 11:00 am CST.)
The flyer further stated that the course will explore the modern celebrity's cultural and political development as related to issues of gender and sexuality, race, class, nation, globalism, media, fashion, fan culture, and consumerism.
Valencia appeared to take a little press tour in response to his course announcement, which became viral. In an interview with NBC New York on July 19, he said it is important that students integrate their interests into their curriculum.
Valencia told NBC New York that students would study music from both Styles' time in One Direction and his solo albums in May of this year. The course will also focus on Styles' transition to and ascending status as a leading actor.
On July 19, he told CNN that his students had always talked about Styles. "I can't tell you how many conversations I've had with students over the last two years that started with a shared love of Harry's music, but quickly expanded into larger societal concerns about gender, sexuality, race, and sustainability because of Harry's art."
Styles hasn't shied away from promoting causes he cares about, including support for the LGBTQ+ community, according to CNN. A lot of people, myself included, feel like they've grown up with him and so there's a connection.
If the transfer rate to Texas State increased next year, it wouldn't be a surprise. Just the thought of San Marcos, which is where Texas State is located, becoming a city of Styles scholars is so fascinating.
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