Beef Up Your Classwork: You Can Study Tacos at This University

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The University of Kentucky has added a new course called ‘Taco Literacy: Public Advocacy and Mexican Food in the US South’
“So what do you do for your Mexican food class this semester?” “You know… we taco ‘bout it.”

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“So what do you do for your Mexican food class this semester?” “You know… we taco ‘bout it.”

We’ve definitely heard of some unusual college classes, like entire courses about video games, classes that focus on reading Harry Potter, and there was even a one-off underwater basket-weaving class offered at Rutgers.

But our inner tortilla-obsessed scholar perked up at a new course being offered this semester at the University of Kentucky: “Taco Literacy: Public Advocacy and Mexican Food in the US South.”Don’t be put off by the fancy title, according to Vice’s Munchies, most of the class consists of eating and writing about tacos: every college student’s dream.

According to PEW population surveys, Kentucky has one of the fastest growing populations of Hispanics in recent years.

“At the very end of the course, my students will be generators of knowledge, have a portfolio full of multimedia food journalism, and they will be over the fajita stage of Mexican food,” course professor Steven Alvarez told Vice’s Munchies. He also said that far more students signed up for the course than he anticipated, but he did not turn any students away.

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