Rutgers University Beyoncé Class Is in Session

Doctoral student Kevin Allred started the class in hopes that he could use Beyoncé’s female empowerment lyricism to discuss gender and sexuality.

Posted:
 
488755939-beyonce-attends-the-charles-james-beyond-fashion
Beyoncé at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014, in New York City.

Neilson Barnard/Getty Images

On Wednesday, students at Rutgers University took their Beyoncé obsession into the classroom, and are earning college credit thanks to a new summer course titled, Feminist Perspectives: Politicizing Beyoncé, in the Department of Women's and Gender Studies.

 Spearheaded by doctoral student Kevin Allred, the class focuses on how 'Yonce used her star status and female-empowerment lyricism to illustrate and challenge issues on gender and sexuality, the New York Daily News reports.

While Allred told the newspaper that he is a Beyoncé fan, his class won't be just a superficial look at the singer's career as he plans to offset discussions about Mrs. Carter with black-feminist readings from Octavia Butler and bell hooks.

"I want my students to become more conscious of pop culture and what they're consuming every day," Allred says. "I hope people begin to appreciate what Beyoncé is doing in terms of feminism and what she represents for race and gender."

Read more at the New York Daily News.

Comments
The Root encourages respectful debate and dialogue in our commenting community. To improve the commenting experience for all our readers we will be experimenting with some new formats over the next few weeks. During this transition period the comments section will be unavailable to users.

We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your continued support of The Root.

While we are experimenting, please feel free to leave feedback below about your past experiences commenting at The Root.