We've heard about 2pac classes being taught at UC-Berkley. We even remember Lil B being named dropped in a History of Information lecture last year and Georgetown's introduction of a course on Jay-Z. Not to be outdone, Beyonce is now the subject of a new class at Rutgers University.
The Kevin Allred taught "Politicizing Beyonce" course, dives into the control over her own aesthetic, her alter-ego "Sasha Fierce" and whether or not she is being stereotypical when she wears less clothes or if it is empowering. The class was inspired by previous discussions in his Women's Studies course, where students argued whether she a role model for kids today.
"This isn't a course about Beyonce's political engagement or how many times she performed during President Obama's inauguration weekend. She certainly pushes boundaries. While other artists are simply releasing music, she's creating a grand narrative around her life, her career, and her persona."