Students at Rutgers University are now earning college credit while studying Beyoncé.
The course, “Feminist Perspectives: Politicizing Beyoncé,” is available to students for the summer semester. The class is part of the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies curriculum.
In the first class period on Wednesday, doctoral student Kevin Allred led all the single ladies (and a few men, too) in an academic ode to Sasha Fierce, focusing on how she has used her celebrity status and lyrics to illustrate issues regarding gender, sexuality, and female empowerment.
Allred admits to being an avid Beyoncé fan, but hopes this class will be more than just a superficial survey of her wildly successful career. His students will supplement their Beyoncé study with readings by prominent black feminists, including Octavia Butler and bell hooks.
Beyoncé’s not the only celebrity being studied. Students at Skidmore College in upstate New York have the option of taking “The Sociology of Miley Cyrus,” a cours on the history of someone the same age as they are.
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