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Now you can pay to take a college course on how to eat tacos


According to the professor, the class lets students explore issues of immigration, inequality, workers and intercultural communication. (iStock)

First it was college credits for learning about pizza and beer.  Now it’s a class about tacos.

Students at the University of Kentucky have the distinct opportunity to pay money to get schooled in eating tacos. 

According to Munchies, the university is offering an undergraduate class called "Taco Literacy: Public Advocacy and Mexican Food in the US South."

Steven Alvarez, an assistant professor from the school's writing, rhetoric, and digital studies department told Munchies that the class is about building social connections through food.

"This class allows our students to explore the issues of immigration, inequality, workers, intercultural communication, and literacy through the prism of food," he said.

Class work includes studying the cultural significance of Mexican food, writing restaurant reviews, and of course, eating tacos. Students to have some food for thought with assigned texts about tacos, including OC Weekly editor Gustavo Arellano's “Taco USA,” and a book based just on tortillas—and they compile research about their experiences.

The taco class isn’t the first food centric course work. In 2014, Paul Smith’s College in upstate New York started a craft-brewing minor, and in December Pizza Hut announced it was teaming up with Manchester Metropolitan University in the U.K. to offer a degree in the pizza making business.  

But considering that University of Kentucky tuition is $24,278 for in-state and $37,610 out-of-state, the idea of a taco class could be hard for some to stomach.