St. Louis’ Washington University is introducing a college course focusing on the 21-time Grammy Award-winning Kanye West. More specifically, the offered class looks into Yeezy’s sonic aesthetic and genius as an artist. The course began this week with over 75 registered students — with more hopeful kids on a waiting list — according to the St. Louis Post Dispatch.
Jeffrey McCune, who works in the African-American Studies department at the educational institute, will serve as the professor for the course. The instructor revealed that it will offer a way for students to connect the issues of politics, race, gender, sexuality and culture. “I always wanted to teach a course looking at black genius and the impossibility of black genius for the American public,” he says. “We’re always thought of as maybe being articulate or smart but not really genius.”
McCune referenced and added on West’s efforts to break down doors in American society, saying “Hip-hop is a way to show our creative genius. Kanye really uses hip-hop as a vehicle to display all of his talents, albeit some better than others. I’m always interested in how he’s pushing whatever boundaries.”
i love my school bc there’s a class called “kanye west and the poetics of success” pic.twitter.com/hYBoupW9ZB
— Marco Boobio (@emma_turdman) January 3, 2017
Here are some of the topics that the course will cover:
“Who is Kanye West and Why Is He in the Flashing Lights?”
“Touch the Sky, When the Aspirant Turns Genius”
“Father Stretch My Hands, or How Hip-Hop Takes Us to Church”
“Love Lock Down, or Hip-Hop’s Queer Love Languages”
“I Love Kanye, or How Critique Slips Into Hate”
This isn’t the first class focused on the Chicago native. Georgia State University incorporated Mr. West into a poetry course in 2015 and in 2014, there was a class at the University of Missouri focused on the relationship of Kanye and Jay-Z.
Congrats to Kanye and props to the school for making it happen. “School spirit, motherf&!k@#!”
Got into a class about Kanye West for next semester, 2017 already way better than 2016
— CARSTON KOPF (@TheCarstonian) January 3, 2017