The Swift effect: Harvard calling for teaching assistance for Taylor Swift course as the wait list is growing

Harvard University’s new Taylor Swift and Her World class is in such hot demand that the professor is desperately looking for Swift-obsessed teaching assistance.

English professor Stephanie Burt has already had over 300 students sign up for her new Taylor Swift and Her World class and expects the waitlist to continue growing.

On Wednesday, Burt took to X to say, “Our Taylor Swift course at Harvard is so popular that we need additional teaching assistants. If you live in the Boston/Providence metro, love Tay, & have *qualifications or experience to teach a writing-intensive college course,* my DMs are open”.

She was immediately bombarded with interest from teachers and Swifties, leading one X user to joke, “RIP your inbox”.

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Burts class is not the only one inspired by the 34-year-old pop star, with at least five other schools now offering courses in response to the world’s obsession with the songstress.

The Harvard class will be taking place on Mondays and Wednesdays of the spring term from 12:00-1:15 ET (US).

Burt told NBC News last December that this is the “first time in her academic career that one of her favourite music artists was big enough for the school to use its resources and dedicate a course to their discography”.

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On Wednesday Burt took to X to say “Our Taylor Swift course at Harvard is so popular that we need additional teaching assistants. If you live in the Boston/Providence metro, love Tay, & have *qualifications or experience to teach a writing intensive college course,* my DMs are open”.  Credit: Caitlin Vinci

Those enrolled are set to learn that songwriting is its own art different from poetry.

Students will also study adolescence, adulthood, appropriation and how to think when it comes to white, southern and transatlantic texts.

Despite this being a predominantly English course Burt will also be introducing her students to “Swiftonomics” which will discuss the way Swift has affected the economy.

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On top of this, The Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour concert film is now the highest-grossing movie making more than $250 million at the box office. Credit: AP

Burt won’t struggle to find examples for her students in regards to “Swiftonomics” when fans have individually spent as much as $20,000 on one ticket to the megastar recent Eras tour.

On top of this, The Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour concert film is now the highest-grossing movie, making more than $250 million at the box office.

New York University was one of the first institutions to teach a class devoted to Swift herself in 2022 and was taught by Rolling Stone writer Brittany Spanos.

Berklee College of Music quickly followed with a two-hour per week course on the beloved “Love Story” singer.

The University of Texas and Texas Tech University offer Swift-themed courses with Texas Tech University even offering an honours course dedicated to learning about Swift.

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Burts class is not the only one inspired by the 34-year-old pop star, with at least five other schools now offering courses in response to the worlds obsession with the songstress. Credit: BANG - Entertainment News

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