If an extra English literature class or chemistry lab doesn’t sound like a great way to add credits to your college transcript next year, San Diego State University (SDSU) might have the Bad Bunny course for you.
In 2023, SDSU students can register for a class on international superstar Bad Bunny. The course, which will fall under the School of Journalism and Media Studies, is said to focus on the Puerto Rican’s impact on Latine culture.
“Bad Bunny has transformed reggaetón like no other artist has,” said Dr. Nate Rodriguez, an associate director of journalism and media studies at SDSU, who will teach the class. “When you think about reggaetón, it’s hypermasculine, machista is embedded in its core. And Bad Bunny has come and flipped it upside down. Bad Bunny gives us another side to masculinity, and how masculinity can be, how it should be. How it can be authentic, how it can be endearing, how it can be loving.”
In the past, Rodriguez has taught a course on late Tejano superstar Selena Quintanilla. Now, he plans on delving into the career of El Conejo Malo to explore what has made him such a global phenomenon.
“[Bad Bunny] has been elevated in every single way,” he said. “Men, women, children, older people, people of all sorts of different colors, people who don’t even speak Spanish, are singing his songs.”
SDSU shouldn’t have too much trouble filling seats for the Bad Bunny class. There were plenty of college students on social media, who weren’t even enrolled at SDSU, interested in signing up when the news broke.
“This guy and team beat the music industry,” one Twitter user posted. “10/10 would take this class.”
One non-SDSU student put her plans for college next year in plain English when she found out about the class.
“Bye, I’m transferring,” she said.
Maybe Rodriguez will let some of us audit.