October 30, 2004 -- CLAY Aiken sang his way to a runner-up finish on "American Idol." Last season, fellow North Carolinian Fantasia Barrino claimed the title.
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte will now cement "AI's" legacy by offering an academic course about the Fox show.

Beginning in January, students at UNCC will earn three credit hours for the class "Examining 'American 'Idol' Through Musical Critique."

The class will devise its own system for rating contestants and students will learn the history of different musical styles used as "Idol" themes. The final project? A paper on who should win and why.

The elective course was created by Jay Grymes, assistant professor of musicology. AP