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Have you ever wanted to get college credit for your hip-hop knowledge? Well, it has recently been reported that you can at Armstrong State University in Savannah, Georgia. The university is offering a class called “OutKast and the Rise of the Hip-Hop South.” The class will focus on “ideas about the South and southernness seep into other Southern writers,” and will be offered as an upper-level English course.
The professor comes from the Languages, Literature and Philosophy department, her name is Dr. Regina Bradley. Dr. Bradley explains,“My areas of interest are African-American literature and popular culture. I try to find ways to connect those… Often, students get most of their information, their outlook from how they engage in popular culture.” This is how Outkast got into the mix.“For the folks who are just as in love with Outkast as I am, I also want them to feel like they can contribute to the class — that’s particularly important,” she explained. “I also don’t want to overlook or shun the folks who aren’t familiar with hip-hop at all.”
The students’ final will be to write a paper that discusses themes they learned during the course through an album (“preferably an Outkast album”), according to the Savannah Morning News. Dr. Bradley is currently working on a book about Outkast.
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