Useless Degree Schools You in The Beatles
And you thought all those NYU undergraduate-level classes intending to explicate the theory and cultural significance of Sailor Moon were outlandish. Liverpool Hope University, home to such illuminating alumnae as erstwhile Dr. Who Terry Molloy, Hollyoaks scribe Nicholas Hoaks, and Olympian Diane Allahgreen, clearly hasn’t caught on that a generation of celebritologists armed with pirated wifi, pots of coffee, and Wikipedia (sounds familiar!) can synthesize everything they ever needed to know about The Beatles into bite-sized chunks. But the program, entitled “The Beatles, Popular Music and Society,” is touting itself as the first organized academic incision into the mythical hoopla of the original fab four. Ever. Anywhere.
Although that could be because in these economic times, an MFA in Beatlesology hasn’t exactly been flagged as an urgent way to avoid homelessness. And it probably won’t help score of the few remaining jobs on the assembly line (of putting together magazines … surely you didn’t think I meant cars or something). The coursework entails 4 12-week semesters all culminating in a dissertation, of which the thesis of how Yoko Ono was the original Posh Spice when it came to celebrity husbands seems like a promising idea, perhaps worthy enough to occupy the e-pages of The Guardian.