Fifty Shades of Grey class at American University

The cover of Fifty Shades of Grey. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

The racy best-selling trilogy Fifty Shades of Grey is sneaking out of the bedroom and into a D.C. classroom.

American University will offer undergraduates a class on the books this Spring. The classes will be taught in the American Studies program of the College of Arts and Sciences and will focus on the trilogy’s popularity and influence on American society, according to The Eagle.

“The trilogy has impacted the fields of public relations, writing, social media marketing, health and sexuality,” the professor of the class, Stef Woods, told The Eagle. “It has also opened up dialogue about previously uncomfortable topics.”

Woods also runs the D.C. blog City Girl.

Fifty Shades of Grey is a work of erotic fiction that features aspects of BD/SM.

Here's the American University course description:

The Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy is a publishing phenomenon that has dramatically impacted American culture and sexual health.

Using the series as a case study, this course examines the interplay of sexuality, health, public relations and marketing. Topics covered include feminism, addiction, social media marketing, sexual expression versus sexual repression, targeting the mom demographic, domestic violence, literary criticism, and relationship and identity forming.

The course also relies on academic texts, online resources, lectures, and guest speakers.