Would you want to take a course on Dolly Parton? It turns out country music’s greatest living legend is now also now the subject of a college course. The University of Tennessee in Knoxville has begun offering an honors history class all about the iconic singer and proud Tennessee native.

The course is called Dolly’s America: From Sevierville to the World and it’s a history honors class with the goals of educating students “how to analyze materials [and] put them into their historical and social context,” of course, through the lens of Parton’s life and how “a ‘hillbilly’ girl from Appalachia grew up to become an international one-word sensation.”

Part of the final exam at the end of the class will include a written 10-page paper answering the question “What was Dolly Parton’s America?”

What sparked the idea of this course? Professor, Dr. Lynn Sacco, saw Parton speak at a University of Tennessee graduation ceremony, during which the country star was given an honorary doctorate degree.
What does Dolly think about all of this?

“Tears streamed down and she said, ‘I was voted the least likely to succeed in my high school,’” Sacco recalls to news station WBIR. “And she said, ‘I left the next day with a paper bag and took the bus to Nashville.’ She later tweeted: “From the girl voted in high school ‘least likely to succeed’ this sure is a blessing!”


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