Dr. Scott Heath -- an English Language and Literature professor at George State University -- teaches an unconventional college course that revolves around the famous rapper Kanye West.
Although the topic may seem unusual at first glance, the professor aims to establish the importance of the artist in the bigger picture of America's cultural history. He believes that rap is an important form of critical discourse that is just as much relevant in literature as other forms of writing that are easily accepted in university settings. Although rap music is the theme, Kanye West is the focus of this class due to his influence on the genre and on American culture.
This unique college course offers a refreshing perspective that questions the notion that literature worth teaching is only that which caters to a very particular, limited audience. Due to the influence of black artists in the grand scheme of American history and culture, their work is extremely relevant in a variety of academic discourses.