I’ve heard of a lot of interesting classes being offered in colleges across the country. In college you can study almost anything at all you can imagine, at your expense of course. So when I saw in a recent news article that Rutgers University was offering a class called “Politicizing Beyoncé” I shouldn’t have been surprised.
Apparently the course focuses on race, gender, and sexuality in America through Beyoncé’s music. The professor of the course, Kevin Allred, is a doctoral student and lecturer in the college’s Department of Women and Gender Studies. He believes that through her music, Beyoncé is creating a “grand narrative around her life, her career, and her persona.”
I’ll be honest, I know very little about Beyoncé. I know she’s an amazing singer and I’m sure a very fascinating person, but I find it hard to believe that studying the lyrics to her songs will position you favorably in today’s market place. But who knows, I could be completely wrong here.
I think it’s easy for students to forget sometimes that they are paying for these classes. When you’re presented with hundreds of class options and a little bit of flexibility in your schedule it’s pretty easy to think “yeah I’ve got an open slot… Beyoncé 101 sounds interesting, why not?”
I don’t think there’s anything wrong with taking an off-the-wall class every now and then, if it is something you are passionate about. Just remember though, you’re there for a reason. If you want to make a living studying the world around you through the lens of a pop star it might help to be one.