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Students Are 'Crazy in Love' with New Beyonce Course



By Catherine Groux
Posted January 31, 2012 01:42 PM

Rutgers is offering students the chance to study Beyonce in class.
Rutgers is offering students the chance to study Beyonce in class.
In recent years, colleges across the country have launched bachelor's-level courses on celebrities like Lady Gaga and Jay-Z. Now, Beyoncé Knowles is the newest star to be featured in a college course with Rutgers' Politicizing Beyoncé course.

Rutgers' website reports that the class is taught by Kevin Allred, a doctoral student and lecturer at the school's Department of Women's and Gender Studies. Allred said the course discusses how Beyoncé's music reflects issues in American race, gender and sexuality. Additionally, students have the chance to put the star's songs and videos side by side with work from Alice Walker and Sojourner Truth.

Allred added that while discussing Beyoncé, students are often led into discussions about other artists as well, including Billie Holiday, Lady Gaga, Nina Simone, Adele and Amy Winehouse.

Still, this is not the first time a member of the famous Knowles family has appeared in the higher education sector. Beyoncé's father, Mathew Knowles, currently teaches a class called The Recording Industry at Texas Southern University, according to The Huffington Post.

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