Rutgers University To Offer A Class On…Beyoncé
Rutgers University offers a wide arrange of classes that include Biology, Economics, Calculus and Beyoncé.
For the first time, Rutgers will be offering a course called “Politicizing Beyoncé.” The course is taught by PhD student Kevin Allred., who is also a doctoral student and lecturer in the school’s Department of Women’s and Gender Studies.
Speaking to the Rutgers Today newspaper he explained the course in detail.
“This isn’t a course about Beyoncé’s political engagement or how many times she performed during President Obama’s inauguration weekend,” says class teacher Kevin Allred, according to an interview with the campus newspaper Rutgers Today. He is a PhD student who also lectures for the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at the New Brunswick, New Jersey college. The course will compare and contrast the “Drunk in Love” singer’s music videos and lyrics with important works from the Black Feminist movement, including the writings of Alice Walker and the abolitionist Sojourner Truth.”
“While other artists are simply releasing music, [Beyoncé] is creating a grand narrative around her life, her career, and her persona.” Within that framework, the course will encourage students to be critical consumers. It’s important to shift students away from simply being consumers of media toward thinking more critically about what they’re engaging on a regular basis.”
This isn’t the first time universities offered a course based on a celebrity.
A Jay Z and Kanye West course is offered at University of Mizzouri, while Harvard is offering a course based on 2Pac lyrics.