|Colleges Offer 'Texas Studies'|
|by Tom McGregor||Sun, Feb 5, 2012, 05:35 PM|
Do you want to learn more about President Barack Obama's war on Texas? How about an in-depth course on the anti-business tactics of Texas EPA czar Al Armendariz, a professor at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas? Or perhaps you love learning about the latest tirades of U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D.-Tx.). Then good news, a number of universities in the Lone Star state give students an opportunity to major in 'Texas Studies.'
The Houston Chronicle reports that, "this semester, The Sam Houston State University class will also watch snippets of Urban Cowboy and Hollywood iterations of the Alamo, read iconic writers like Cormac McCarthy and Larry McMurtry, see performances by Cajun musicians and cowboy singers, and take a field trip to the Texas Independence Day celebration."
In college campuses across the state, students can ponder the "idea of Texas" in literature, culture, politics and even food. In some courses, students are required to eat BBQ and drink beer to obtain a proper understanding of Texas civilization.
According to the Houston Chronicle, "McMurry University in Abilene recently introduced the 'Texas Semester,' promoted as a chance to 'study-abroad in Texas.' In the program, students immerse themselves in the study of the state’s vastness and diversity, culminating with a three-week road trip. 'Those who finish it will have earned their spurs – and their swagger,' the school's website promises.”
Frank de la Tejada, a Texas State University history professor who served as state historian from 2007 to 2009, said, "the state and the business community have invested a lot of money into creating that myth and we've bought into that message that Texas are romantic larger-than-life rugged individualists."
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