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Rutgers University offers course on Beyoncé

  • Written by Stephen A. Crockett Jr./The Root

beyonceclass 600The Department of Women's and Gender Studies will offer a course called "Politicizing Beyoncé," focusing on the singer's lyrics and videos.

Looks like Jay Z isn't the only the only one in the family who can brag on having a university course devoted to him, now that Rutgers University is offering "Politicizing Beyoncé."

The Department of Women's and Gender Studies will offer the course taught by doctoral student Kevin Allred, who told the university's online news site that he is using Beyoncé's career as a launch point to dive into a broader look at American race, gender and sexual politics, the Associated Press reports.

The class will use Beyoncé's videos and lyrics alongside works written by black feminists. Allred says he's seeking to help students think more critically about media consumption, AP reports.

AP notes that Rutgers currently has a class examining the theology of Bruce Springsteen's lyrics, and Georgetown University has a class called "The Sociology of Hip-Hop: The Urban Theodicy of Jay Z," taught by author Michael Eric Dyson.
Read more at the Associated Press.

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