A relatively new law requires the school to teach America’s founding documents, but they claim it would be too costly.

Campus Reform reports:

USC declines Constitution course, keeps ‘Tailgating 101’

The University of South Carolina doesn’t offer a course centered on founding U.S. documents, such as the U.S. Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, and the Federalist Papers because it says that would be too financially stringent. Meanwhile, the university invites students to take a class on the art of tailgating.

A South Carolina law mandating colleges and universities make a course on the Constitution mandatory for graduation previously received push-back from the University of South Carolina. In 2014, former university president Harris Pastides wrote to the sponsor of the bill, Sen. Lawrence Grooms, asking for the bill to be rethought, as previously reported by Campus Reform.

The university claimed that teaching a mandatory course on the Constitution would be too much financially, even as it currently offers a variety of courses one might not expect to find at an institution o higher learning. For example, USC offers a course, titled, “Tailgating 101.”

The class offers “hands-on training in the basic foundations of classic tailgating dishes, including grilling, frying, and braising, basic food safety, and new techniques to create personalized dishes.”

Campus Reform reached out to a number of administrators and faculty members at the University of South Carolina, all of whom declined to comment, as did the National Tailgating Association. However, Katherine Barbieri, associate professor and vice-chair of the Department of political science at the university told Campus Reform that the school does have many courses on the Constitution.


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