Degrees in comedy – is anything out of bounds?

29 04 2006

Writing about web page http://education.guardian.co.uk/chooseadegree/story/0,,1763903,00.html

The BA in Stand Up Comedy launched by Southampton Solent University. Previously we have had Surfing, Greenkeeping, Brewing.

These things usually prompt horror–filled responses about micky mouse degrees etc etc. I really don’t have much of a problem with them in principle BUT would not choose myself.

These new degree subjects are often attacked by those who hate anything vocational or anything vaguely connected with media studies. But is there anything which is out of bounds? Ara degrees in quiz show hosting or reality TV participation or political lobbying beyond the pale? Or is it just a matter of time?

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