Colorado College offers “Mean Girls” course for credit
Students at Colorado College (CC) can now earn credit for studying the 2004 flick Mean Girls, starring Lindsay Lohan.
The course, titled “ Queen Bees, Wannabees, and Mean Girls,” is offered through the school’s Comparative Literature Department and is designed to examine the “motives behind why women seek authority and the actions they are willing to take in order to hold onto it,” according to the New York Post.
"When it comes to guys, if you want to be mean to someone, you will do it openly and get it over quickly. In the girl world, you have to be sneaky."
The class is taught by CC professor Lisa Hughes and has 13 students; ten of them are women.
“When it comes to guys, if you want to be mean to someone, you will do it openly and get it over quickly,” freshman Sandor Teleki, who had taken the class, told the NY Post. “In the girl world, you have to be sneaky.”
Students in the class are tasked with comparing the teen hit to themes in Ancient Greek mythology and Machiavelli’s The Prince. As part of their final exams, students were challenged to select a scene from one of the movies they watched in class, including Mean Girls, Bridesmaids, and Queen Bee, and analyze it for deeper meaning.
According to the NY Post, students in the class were able to draw parallels between Caty Heron’s (Lindsay Lohan) golden apple on her lunch tray to the Judgment of Paris, where “ Aphrodite, Hera and Athena, [compete] for the prize of a golden apple addressed to ‘the fairest.’"
CC is a private, liberal arts college in Colorado Springs, Colo. with a little more than 2,000 undergraduate students and a tuition above $46,000 a year. The school ranked 27th in the 2015 edition of the National Liberal Arts Colleges Rankings.
Hughes did not respond to Campus Reform’s request for comment as to whether students were required to wear pink on Wednesdays in time for publishing.
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