LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) – When spring semester classes begin on Jan. 14, 25 American University undergraduates will have some racy required reading to complete.

An American Studies course, which is already filled to capacity with a 10-person waiting list, will focus on the popular book trilogy “50 Shades of Grey.”

The trilogy “is a publishing phenomenon that has dramatically impacted American culture and sexual health,” the online course description says. “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 same adjunct instructor who will be teaching the “50 Shades Trilogy” course, Stef Woods, also taught a “Health and Activism” class in the fall, according to the Office of the Registrar. Woods’ American University profile says she is a “sexuality educator, writer, attorney, and breast cancer survivor and advocate” who writes about relationships, sexuality, health advocacy and cancer on her website,

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