ByJ. Ryan, writer at
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College is a really memorable time in your life. Maybe there will be a class or two that really sticks with you, but ultimately it will be life outside the lecture halls that you carry with you on your post-higher education journey.

But wait... WHAT if you spent one of your summer sessions in a class about your favorite TV Show?! Nope, I haven't been at a kegger all night, (well at least not last night), but I did see that the University of Virginia is giving students that chance, with a course designed around the literary epic, Game of Thrones.

George RR Martin's A Song of Fire and Ice will be available this summer, giving students four weeks to rip through the material, earning themselves a college credit.

"Game of Thrones is popular, it's interesting, but it's also very serious," said Professor Lisa Woolfork, who will be teaching the GoT course, in a UVAToday bulletin. "There are a lot of things in the series that are very weighty, and very meaningful, and can be illuminated through the skills of literary analysis."

As an adult who is currently going back to college to finish up a degree, I most definitely would rather have this than the last Humanities class I took!

Um, let's see... discussing dragons, direwolves, worgs and whitewalkers over something from 650 B.C. written on some crazy stone tablet that I now have to interpret, seems like kind of a no-brainer.

I am a bit of a junkie when it comes to television, so maybe I am a little bit over excited at the idea because of taking a course like this. However, this isn't the first example of a college offering credits for a class like this. I believe there was a Harry Potter course somewhere, as well as Seinfeld, The Office, The Simpsons and The Wire, to name a few.

Television is such a huge part of our culture, I am actually surprised that there isn't more classes like this!

Even though the focus seems to be more on the books than the show, I would be totally down for this class! How about you, would you spent four weeks of your summer immersed in Westeros?


Would you take a college class on George R.R. Martin's Game of Thrones?


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