Superhero trivia:Are Now A University Career

Some have said that superheroes are for children. Others say that superheroes areĀ entertainmentĀ that cannot be taken too seriously.…

Some have said that superheroes are for children. Others say that superheroes areĀ entertainmentĀ that cannot be taken too seriously. But now, that is changing.


With the huge popularity that the superhero genre has today, many academic institutions are starting to adopt these characters as an object of study in their courses. After all, superhero stories are a mix of art, literature, and science from which more than just entertainment can be obtained.

Superhero trivia:Are Now A University Career
Superhero trivia:Are Now A University Career

Since 2015, the Smithsonian Institution has offered an online course on superheroes through EdX, a learning platform founded by MIT and Harvard. The course is titled ā€œThe Rise of Superheroes and Their Impact On Pop Cultureā€ and covers the entire history of the superhero genre from its origins in 1938 to the present day.

Two of its teachers areĀ Stan Lee, the well-known artist of Marvel Comics, and Michael Uslan, producer of theĀ BatmanĀ films since 1989. Although Lee died in November 2018, his signature is still on the certificate issued at the end of the course.

Meanwhile, among its available disciplines, the University of Oregon has one called ā€œComic Studies.ā€ It focuses on the technical aspects of comics, such as the drawings and storytelling. On the other hand, the University of Minnesota has a course on ā€œthe physics of superheroesā€ā€”that is, the scientific facts that writers used to explain the powers of the characters.

It is true that we could doubt how good these courses are in preparing a student to get a job compared to other careers. But after studying these disciplines, you could call yourself a ā€œsuperhero scholar,ā€ which sounds pretty awesome.

Recommend

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *