Rutgers University has given its students the opportunity to study one of their favorite singers in a new course titled, “Politicizing Beyonce.”
Kevin Allred, a doctoral student who is teaching the class, told the university’s online news site that he is using the star’s career as a way to explore American race, gender and sexual politics.
The classes will analyse Beyonce’s videos and lyrics along with readings of work by black feminists.
Mr Allred said he hopes to help students think more critically about media consumption.
Earlier this month Beyonce, who is married to rapper Jay-Z, wrote an open essay for the Shriver Report website on the issue of gender equality.
“We need to stop buying into the myth about gender equality,” she said. “We have a lot of work to do, but we can get there if we work together.”