You Can Now Earn College Credit for Eating Tacos

02/01/2016 at 04:21 PM ET

Taco Class, University of Kentucky
Livia Corona/Getty

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.

RELATED: Does the Taco Cleanse Actually Work? One PEOPLE Staffer’s Brave Journey

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

Share this story:

Your reaction:

Add A Comment reserves the right to remove comments at their discretion.

Showing 4 comments

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

Rosalyn Niesporek on

Well I really liked studying it. This post offered by you is very effective for proper planning.

Sign up for our daily newsletter and other special offers.
    Choose your newsletters
Thank you for signing up! Your request may take up to one week to be processed.
    see all newsletters