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Learn about memes with online courses and programs

How does a seemingly inane image become a means of cultural commentary? Learn about memes with online courses delivered through edX.

What are memes?

From grumpy cat to overly attached girlfriend and everything in between, memes are digital phenomena that have evolved into a cornerstone of popular culture. At their core, memes are succinct, often humorous or satirical units of cultural information that spread rapidly through online communities. They can take various forms, including images, videos, text, or even hashtags. What makes memes unique is their ability to capture and convey complex ideas, emotions, or social commentary in a concise and relatable manner.

Memes are characterized by their virality, often starting from a single post and rapidly proliferating across social media platforms. They thrive on imitation and modification, as people remix and adapt existing memes to create new iterations. This constant evolution keeps memes relevant and engaging, reflecting the ever-changing landscape of online discourse.

While many memes are lighthearted and humorous, they can also carry political, social, or cultural significance, acting as vehicles for commentary or critique. Memes have the power to shape public perception, influence political discourse, and provide a sense of belonging within online communities.

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Meme course curriculum

Courses about memes can often complement media studies, cultural studies, communication, or internet studies. Some common themes and subjects that you may encounter in these courses can include:

  • The historical evolution of memes, from pre-internet cultural phenomena to contemporary internet memes.

  • Meme theory and the theoretical frameworks used to analyze and interpret memes.

  • Internet culture and the role that memes play in shaping and reflecting it.

  • Meme creation, dissemination, and consumption by internet users, including the tools and platforms involved. 

Learning about how to use memes can supplement your knowledge of communication and media. edX offers a variety of educational opportunities for learners interested in studying these topics, as well as a host of other disciplines. A boot camp can provide flexible hands-on learning for those who want to upskill quickly, while executive education courses are designed for busy professionals. You can also pursue a more comprehensive curriculum in a bachelor’s degree program or, for more advanced learners, a master’s degree program. Find the right learning path for you.

Explore meme jobs

Studying memes can equip learners with a range of skills that are applicable to various roles in the fields of media, marketing, communication, and more. Some of these include:


  • Social media manager or strategist: Creates engaging and shareable content, including memes, to help build and manage online communities.

  • Content creator: Leverages a knowledge of memes to entertain and engage their audience.

  • Digital marketing specialist: Uses various online channels to promote products, services, or causes. An understanding of memes and internet culture can help in creating effective and viral marketing campaigns.

  • Trend researcher: Studies and analyzes emerging cultural phenomena, including meme trends, to give insights to businesses, marketing agencies, or research organizations about shifts in online culture and consumer behavior.

Build the skills you need to turn humorous memes into effective communications and marketing tools. Start learning about memes today with edX.

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