No twerking required: College to offer Miley Cyrus class

Published On: Mar 28 2014 10:41:54 AM EDT

A liberal arts college in upstate New York is offering a course on the sociology of Miley Cyrus this summer.

No twerking required.

The course, titled "The Sociology of Miley Cyrus: Race, Class, Gender and Media," will be offered by Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, the Saratogian newspaper reported.

Visiting Assistant Professor Carolyn Chernoff said she plans to use the controversial 21-year-old pop star as "a lens into cultural conflict."

"Miley Cyrus is a surprisingly complicated cultural moment," she told the Schenectady Daily Gazette. "I created (the course) as a creative and rigorous way of looking at what's relevant about sociology and sociology theory."

Chernoff got the idea after teaching a course on youth culture that featured a video of Cyrus twerking at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards.

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