You Can Now Earn College Credit for Eating Tacos

02/01/2016 at 04:21 PM ET

Taco Class, University of Kentucky
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Tacos may soon become synonymous with college — and no, we’re not talking about late-night binges.

The University of Kentucky is making dreams come true by offering its first-ever taco-inspired class called “Taco Literacy: Public Advocacy and Mexican Food in the U.S. South” during the spring semester.

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While one might expect it to be a cooking class of sorts, Writing and Digital Studies professor Steven Alvarez — the mastermind behind the new course — is quick to clarify his curriculum.

“I make them collect stories,” Alvarez told Vice in an interview. “I have students doing restaurant reviews and taco tours in the area that is now known as ‘Mexington’ a.k.a. the barrio of Lexington.”

RELATED: Dream Taco Recipes That You Need in Your Life A.S.A.P.

Food journalism at its finest? We think so. In addition to having his students conduct interviews and reviews, Alvarez also hopes to address the importance of digital storytelling by encouraging his class to post on Instagram with specific hashtags (may we suggest #TacoToMe) and to become more in tune with their neighboring community.

All in all, the focus of the class isn’t only to enlighten non-taco aficionados about the wonders of the Mexican staple, but also to inspire students to explore growing Hispanic culture which is undeniably present in Kentucky.

“We’re examining transnational community food literacies and how these connect the stories of people and food across borders,” Alvarez said. “We explore the history of networks of Mexican and Mexican-American food in Kentucky by writing about recipes and rhetorics that deal with things such as authenticity, local variations and preparations, and how food literacies situate different spaces, identity, and forms of knowledge.”

We just have one question: Do we get extra credit for bringing in tacos for the class?

—Grace Gavilanes

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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Dumb and Dumber on

The dumbing down of America continues. Ridiculous!

ImALadyToo on

Ah, remember the days when you actually had to work hard to earn an A
and a college degree actually meant something? I don’t either, actually.

Paula Baughman on

I don’t by into Political Correctness, so stop! Who cares about Tacos? We legal citizens can see right through that. Now why don’t you learn the importance of a college degree and stop the BS? It’s way more important than your taco class