You Can Officially Take A Class All About Beyoncé At This University
I've never wanted to go back to college more: There is a class at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey dedicated entirely to studying Queen Bey.
The course is called "Politicizing Beyoncé," and it was created by Kevin Allred, who still teaches the class. Basically, the course is designed to teach students about race, gender and intersectional feminism via the work of the one and only Beyoncé.
Unfortunately, the class is not just listening to Beyoncé songs over and over again, though that would be awesome. Allred shared with Cosmopolitan his syllabus for the course, which consists of iconic feminist readings paired with Beyoncé songs.
For instance, "Single Ladies" is paired with Janet Mock's memoir about her experience as a black transgender woman, "Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More."
Honestly, this class does not seem far-fetched to me at all, and I would love to take it. Even before the "Formation" video — which was both amazing and carried an obvious political undertone — Beyoncé has been killing the feminism game and reaching audiences academic feminists could never hope to reach.
The teacher of the class, Kevin Allred, is currently working on his doctorate in women's and gender studies. He self-identifies on his website as a queer, white male.
While I absolutely think we should all teach the next generation of scholars about the importance of Queen Bey, I think we're forgetting about someone very important here: baby Blue.
I mean, can you imagine being Blue Ivy Carter in college and finding out you can take a class on your mom? Talk about embarrassing!