(PCM) With Ryan Atwood, Seth Cohen, Marissa Cooper and Summer Roberts on the course list, forget California… Duke University, here we come.
With a syllabus as proof, Duke University is indeed the home to a course based on the beloved series The O.C., titled “California Here We Come” The O.C. & Self-Aware Culture of 21st Century America.
While we imagine some of the homework includes watching some of our favorite episodes and maybe even discussing the practicality of Chrismukkah, the course is far more than just a group of kids getting together to chat about last night’s not-so-new episode. It’s a place to foster discussion about the self-awareness of American pop culture that the show brought to the forefront of television.
“We’ll explore the ‘hyper self-awareness’ unique to The O.C. and analyze Californian exceptionalism and singularity in history and popular culture, girl culture, 21st century suburban revivalism, the indie music scene, the meta-series, and more. We’ll go on the excessive journey of the foursome that captured the hearts of millions and changed teen television dramady forever,” the course’s syllabus states.
While it will largely focus on The O.C., students will also head over to Laguna Beach, The Hills and even take a cross-country trip to the Upper East Side of New York to analyze Gossip Girl and see the effects of a show like The O.C. left on television in the wake of its four-season run.
The syllabus, which The O.C. and Gossip Girl creator Josh Schwartz tweeted out along with “This is a class taught at Duke! Think I could pass. #durhamnchereicome,” not only makes us wish we were back in school (or maybe just curled up at home watching our season DVDs of The O.C.) but also makes us smile with how well the professors know and emulate the language of Gossip Girl and the atmosphere of The O.C. If they can do that, we have faith they can provide an exceptional class on the material at hand.
So, uh, can we enroll for next semester?