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01/29/2016 12:01 pm ET

There's A 'Taco Literacy' College Course, But It's About More Than Food

It's tacos, with a side of knowledge.
Mmmm... homework.
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Mmmm... homework.

Taco enthusiasts are getting pretty excited about a new college course called “Taco Literacy” for obvious reasons.

But, just as the hilariously-named “Taco Cleanse” is actually a real healthy eating plan, “Taco Literacy” is more than just eating tacos day after day.

The course’s full name is “Taco Literacy: Public Advocacy and Mexican Food in the US South,” and it focuses on the social evolution of Mexican food in the southern United States, professor Steven Alvarez, who teaches the class at the University of Kentucky, explained to Vice.

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

That doesn’t mean students don’t get to eat any delicious Mexican food, though. The course syllabus requires students to visit a restaurant and thoroughly document their experience.

“Taco Literacy” follows in the footsteps of other college courses that have real substance behind their wacky names, like Appalachian State University’s “What If Harry Potter Is Real?” -- a course that explores questions about the way history is documented. Sometimes, though, courses are exactly what they sound like. Cornell University’s “Tree Climbing” appears to really be a course in, well, climbing trees.

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