Texas State University offering class dedicated to studying Harry Styles

Harry Styles performing on stage
Harry Styles performing on stage Photo credit PA Images/Alamy Images

This semester, you can find Harry’s House at Texas State University in San Marcos!

The school will be offering a course dedicated to studying singer Harry Styles, called “Harry Styles and the Cult of Celebrity: Identity, the Internet and European Pop Culture.”

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Associate professor Louie Dean Valencia told MySA.com, “It’s not just that we’re going to study Harry Styles and nothing else.

“In the same way you could probably learn about The Beatles to understand the 1960s, you could study Harry Styles to learn about the world today.”

Valencia wrote a book about Harry during the lockdown in 2020, which led to him developing the class. He thinks it’s important for the course to focus on recent history.

“A lot of times … [students] don’t know what actually happened in 2010,” Valencia notes.

“This gives them the opportunity to have a better idea of what was happening … that they maybe weren’t paying attention to, but … anchoring in subjects that are interesting to them, that they can actually relate to what was going on at the time in their own life.”

The first week of the course began with a discussion of the history of rock music and how Harry is following in the footsteps of icons like David Bowie, Prince and Elvis Presley.

At the end of a semester, the students will release a podcast series.

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