What Do Rutgers University Students Learn in a Course on Beyonce?

Listen up, Beyhive: Rutgers University is turning the art of Queen Beysus into a social science.

Considering much of the world is already well-versed in Beyoncé Studies, it seems like a no brainer that a university would make the subject a course option on campus. Students at the New Jersey’s institution will now have the option to study the pop queen as part of their post-secondary education.

“Politicizing Beyonce” is the brainchild of Kevin Allred, a lecturer for Rutgers’ Department of Women’s and Gender Studies. According to a course description released by Rutgers, Allred aims to pair Bey’s videos and lyrics with the works of classic Black feminists, including Alice Walker and Sojourner Truth.

Blue Ivy’s mom isn’t the only high-profile star to be dissected by the undergraduate circuit. Bey’s husband, rapper Jay Z, is the subject of a similar course at Georgetown University. Earlier this month, the University of Missouri introduced a 12-week course of study on the music of Jay and his sometimes collaborator Kanye West.

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