JAN 330

The Beatles: A Magical Mystery Tour



Dr. Beau M. Christ

Email: christbm@wofford.edu
Phone: (864) 597-4528
Office: Olin 204F
Office Hours: By appointment
Website: http://www.beauchrist.com

If you have any questions at all, feel free to contact me by email or phone, or stop by my office during office hours. You can also try to catch me at other times or make an appointment. I am always happy to talk!

Meeting Time & Location

We will meet every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 9:00AM-12:00PM in Olin 103.

Required Textbook/Materials

We will read The Beatles: The Biography by Bob Spitz.

In addition, you will need to have access to all 13 of the Beatles' studio albums:

Course Overview & Goals

Welcome to JAN 330: The Beatles: A Magical Mystery Tour!

The Beatles were arguably the most influential and innovative musical group in the history of popular music. They were one of the first groups to write and play their own music (ushering in the era of the "self-contained band"), and practically every one of their albums broke new ground. This course will take you on a magical mystery tour of The Beatles starting from their earliest days in Liverpool, moving through the excitement of Beatlemania, the rush of psychedelia, and the maturity of Abbey Road. We will also go beyond their breakup to investigate their solo careers and the lasting impact they left on the world.

Intense listening and analysis of music will comprise much of this course, along with the viewing of Beatles documentaries and the Beatles' own films. Topics students will investigate include the music, lyrics, recordings, personal and public lives, production techniques, career strategy, social ramifications, and technological impact of The Beatles. By the end of the course, you will fully understand why the names John, Paul, George, and Ringo are permanently engraved in history.

Prerequisites: None!

Course Goals

By taking this course, my goal is for you to:

  1. Gain a deep knowledge and appreciation of The Beatles and their music.
  2. Analyze the Beatles' songs both musically and lyrically.
  3. Understand the social impact that The Beatles had (and still have) on the world.
  4. Learn about the musical gear and production techniques utilized by The Beatles.
  5. Investigate the careers and lives of The Beatles after the breakup.
You will fulfill these objectives by:


This course is pass/fail. To pass, you should attend all class periods, complete the assigned readings from the book, listen to the albums, participate in in-class discussions, and complete the assigned projects.

Grading Scale

Pass Fail



You are required to attend class. Missing one class period will result in a warning, and missing a second will result in a failing grade.


During in-class discussions and while watching movies, the use of devices (notebook, phone, tablet, etc.) will not be allowed. I expect your full attention while in class. Not only are you missing out and inhibiting your learning, but it is often a distraction to others as well.


Please do not be late to class. If you follow a pattern of always being late to class, you will not receiving a passing grade.


I will use email for all communication. Feel free to contact me using "christbm@wofford.edu".

Academic Integrity

Please do your own work!
I have caught students cheating in the past, and take these matters very seriously. Any student I determine is guilty of academic dishonesty will have their case referred to the department and the college to be pursued further (trust me, you do not want that to happen). You may discuss ideas with other students, but all work must be your own.

To make sure you understand what constitutes academic dishonesty, please read the Wofford Honor Code. By enrolling in this course, you are pledging that you agree to the Wofford Honor Code and that all submitted work is your own. Please talk to me if you are unsure what constitutes academic dishonesty.

Reasonable Accommodations

If you need accomodations with anything, please contact both the Wofford Accessibility Services and myself at the beginning of the semester.