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Get Schooled in Taco Literacy at the University of Kentucky

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It counts towards a degree — really.

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Students at the University of Kentucky now have the distinct privilege of being able to get college credit for eating tacos. According to Munchies, the university is offering an undergraduate class called "Taco Literacy: Public Advocacy and Mexican Food in the US South," and the professor behind it wants to use tacos as an avenue for students to learn more about how people can forge social connections through food.

"This class allows our students to explore the issues of immigration, inequality, workers, intercultural communication, and literacy through the prism of food," Steven Alvarez, an assistant professor from the school's writing, rhetoric, and digital studies department told Munchies.

Through coursework that involves writing restaurant reviews, sampling tacos, and collecting data, students are meant to explore their community and develop skills to analyze "transnational community food literacies and how these connect the stories of people and food across borders," Alvarez said.

While it's not the first food-based or beer-centric curriculum to emerge for those in pursuit of higher learning, it does seem like an excellent excuse for college students to abandon the dining hall in search of tacos — and probably not the Taco Bell specimens that many college students survive on.

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