The University of Kansas will offer an “Angry White Male Studies” course aimed at investigating the emotional state of Caucasian males throughout history.
The public university in Lawrence, Kansas, will offer the course in fall 2019, Campus Reform reported Wednesday. “This course charts the rise of the ‘angry white male’ in America and Britain since the 1950s, exploring the deeper sources of this emotional state while evaluating recent manifestations of male anger,” according to a description of the class posted on KU’s Humanities Program website.
The university’s Humanities and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies departments will jointly offer the course.
The 300-level class will employ “interdisciplinary perspectives” and examine “how both dominant and subordinate masculinities are represented and experienced in cultures undergoing periods of rapid change connected to modernity as well as to rights-based movements of women, people of color, homosexuals and trans individuals,” according to the course description.
The Humanities Program will also offer “Sex in History,” “Being Human in the Workplace,” “The Refugee Experience” and “American Indian and White Relations to 1865,” according to its upcoming course curriculum.
Republican Kansas Rep. Ron Estes tweeted Wednesday about the course and criticized the university’s decision to offer a class that may do more to divide than unite students.
Instead of a course to unite people and empower women, KU has decided to offer a class that divides the student population and could pose a Title IX violation by creating a hostile campus environment based on gender. #ksleg https://t.co/XhUNfpFUcW
— Rep. Ron Estes (@RepRonEstes) April 3, 2019
University of Kansas students have mixed reactions to the upcoming course.
“We have a lot of different classes that kind of like related to this that you wouldn’t think would be on college campuses,” KU student Kody Ross said, according to KCTV5 News.
Some students are “asking if it’s a joke or not,” said KU student Emily Hiegert, KCTV reported. “I think it could be interesting, but I don’t really know why we have it exactly.”
The university did not respond to The Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.
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