Rutgers University Offers Class On Beyonce

News & Views | Camille Travis | 01/31/2014 | 09:45 AM EST

The course will explore American race, gender and sexual politics as it pertains to the singer's career

Beyoncé once bragged about "schoolin' life" and now, she'll be schooling Rutgers University.


Earlier this week, RU announced that it'll be offering up a course entitled "Politicizing Beyoncé," which will focus on the entertainer's career to "explore American race, gender and sexual politics." The news follows behind the singer's much-talked-about performance at Sunday's Grammy Awards that had critics and parents up in arms.


"This isn't a course about Beyoncé's political engagement or how many times she performed during President Obama's inauguration weekend," said class instructor Kevin Allred. "While other artists are simply releasing music, she's creating a grand narrative around her life, her career and her persona."


The curriculum will reportedly compare and contrast Mrs. Carter's lyrics to the Black feminist movement, including the writings of Alice Walker and Sojourner Truth. Students will also explore the extent of her control over her own aesthetic and image.


Allred added, "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."


Celebrity-based courses are nothing new. Farther south, students can delve into the life and times of JAY Z and the sociology of hip hop at Georgetown University.


Think of it as the his and hers of higher learning.

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