- So, what’s your major?
- Lady Gaga!
One elite group of college co-eds are getting an opportunity to study a budding pop icon. An American college is offering a course on Lady Gaga. Beginning in January, students at the University of South Carolina will be able to earn credits toward their degree while learning about the “PokerFace” singer.
“The central objective is to unravel some of the sociologically relevant dimensions of the fame of Lady Gaga,” the university’s description reads.
The course was spearheaded by Sociology professor Mathieu Defleml, who believes the class — Lady Gaga and the Sociology of Fame — is the only one of its kind in the United States. He became interested in the multi-awarded star when he saw her perform live on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno last year. He now owns more than 300 of her rare international recordings on vinyl and CD. The professor even launced his own Gaga fansite, GagaFrontRow.net, featuring pictures and audio downloads of sought-after Gaga songs.
Deflem, who has met his idol five times since 2009, says he wants his students to understand what being famous means in modern-day culture.
“If you really don’t like her, you probably shouldn’t take the course. But you don’t have to be an expert,” Deflem tells The New York Times.
If only this course had been around when we were in college. Do they have a Madonna elective too?