Many states (I don't know how many) base their criminal laws on the MPC. They may base some of their statutes on the MPC entirely or not at all. Because many students will come to the law school from different states and then return, the MPC is something they are interested in teaching. You will also find the same thing when you take Professional Responsibility. The class will be centered around the Model Rules of Professional Conduct because many states use that to fashion their own rules. Thank you - that makes sense!
Soooo...if I can understand/apply what the MPC is defining, then I can better understand the intent of individual statutes?
You are welcome. In general yes. Just realize that what you are studying now is whatever set of statutes the professor decided to present. Many state's statutes will be similar, but there will be subtle differences. However, in law school, they do have to choose one set of statutes to teach and because the Model Code is common to many states, that is probably why. When you return to your own state, you will need to understand how their statutes may differ.