Do you consider yourself a Game of Thrones expert? Well, now you can get some certification to support that claim, thanks to a new class being offered this summer at the University of Virginia.


The four week class will, according to Rolling Stone, “use the series as a way to study how techniques for literary analysis can be used to effectively examine television.” If it sounds silly to you that a college course is being devoted to a fantasy television series, let’s not forget that the show is based on a series of novels that some would consider literature, including associate professor Lisa Woolfork, who believes that GoT actually lends itself quite well to intellectual study. “There are a lot of things in the series that are very weighty, and very meaningful, and can be illuminated through the skills of literary analysis,” Woolfork tells Rolling Stone.

The discussion-based class focuses on a number of themes addressed in the show, with the end result being each student crafting their own addition to the series. “All of them have to connect in some way to how Game of Thrones has sustained itself as a cultural phenomenon,” Woolfork says. “I want them to consider, ‘How do you track the progress of a book to a TV series to this large phenomena, and how does that transform?’ Literarily speaking, it’s a very diverse and rich text. It has lots of layers, lots of characters and it’s very smart.”

We have to say, this is one class for which we wouldn’t mind doing our homework!