Rutgers University to Offer Class on Beyonce
Student loan debt continues to increase, but hey, that money is being put to good use, teaching young adults things that will help advance their careers and enrich their lives…right?
That’s questionable with one New Jersey school offering a class about Beyoncé.
Yep, you read that right. Rutgers University offers a course through its Department of Women’s and Gender Studies called ‘Feminist Perspectives: Politicizing Beyoncé.’
In it, you learn the history of Queen B, with a focus on channeling your inner Sasha Fierce. The final consists of doing the entire dance to ‘Single Ladies’ in front of the class.
The class description states,
This course will attempt to think about our contemporary U.S. society and its current class, racial, gender, and sexual politics through the music and career of Beyoncé…We will juxtapose Beyoncé’s music with writings on black feminism and the black female experience in the U.S. (and beyond), to attempt to answer: can Beyoncé’s music be seen as a blueprint for progressive social change?’
Considering that I minored in American Studies (I know) and spent two semesters taking an ice skating class, (I’m still terrible) I can’t really mock this too much.
If it gets people who might be otherwise disengaged from politics to find interest in it, I’m all for it.
In case you’re interested, the class is next available this summer.