Hip-Hop Course Picked as One of ‘Coolest’ Classes

Posted: October 4, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Tara Laskowski

“Beats, Rhyme and Culture,” a New Century College course taught by Instructor Andrew Ryan, was recently picked by CollegeBound Teen magazine as one of the “coolest, funkiest and controversial” college courses in the country.

Analyzing the impact hip-hop culture has had on America, students enrolled in “Beats, Rhyme and Culture” study everything from graffiti to current rap music artists. The course covers more than 200 years, looking at slave narratives, the Harlem renaissance, the civil rights movement, the black power/art movement and mainstream music. Students are encouraged to attend performances, art exhibits and other community events that are related to the course material.

Ryan’s course was listed among a list of 25 that include courses such as “Writing for Stand-Up Comedy” at Drexel University and “Growing Fruit for Fun” at the University of Florida. The entire list can be found here.

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