Imagine going to school to learn more about Beyoncé and her latest hit album “Lemonade.” Well, for students in one lucky university, there is no need to imagine anything as they can readily take a Beyoncé course. And yes, they do earn credits for it.
At the University of Texas at San Antonio, Beyoncé is more than just a Grammy-winning hit maker. In fact, she’s also the headline of one of its courses, appropriately called “Black Women and Beyoncé.” It will be offered for an entire semester in the university.
According to the university, the course will involve an in-depth look at the themes involved in the making of “Lemonade.” The students will also be studying Beyoncé’s “Formation” music video.
Teaching the class is English professor Kinitra Brooks. According to her online profile, she is currently coediting a volume on black women and horror that is entitled “Towards a Black Women’s Horror Aesthetic: Critical & Creative Frameworks.” Her research interests include black feminism, horror studies, Afro-Carribean literature and African American literature.
Brooks is also known to always include pop culture in her classes. For her, this Beyoncé course especially important as students have been asking her a lot about black womanhood and black feminism lately.
“The course will be new, fun, and exciting—but I expect my students to come in hungry for knowledge and open to new theories about race and gender in popular culture,” she says. Aside from studying Beyoncé’s music, the class will also discuss some short stories, novels and films.
According to a report from My San Antonio, the class will meet three times a week. First up in the lesson plan is “Formation.” Later on, during the course’s final month in December, students will be studying “All Night.”
The course gives students three credit hours and they are expected to work harder “than ever before.”
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