A real-life university is offering a class on Beyoncé
Wanna earn a Bey-chelor's degree? Well then, just book your flights to Denmark.
The University of Copenhagen is now offering a course called "Beyoncé, Gender and Race." The school's newspaper reports that the class is already at capacity, and from the professor's description, it won't be an easy A, or B.
The course is designed for arts and cultural study undergrads, and will examine the pop star's lyrics, videos, and performances with a special focus on sexuality, gender, and race.
"One of the goals is to introduce black feminist thought, which is not very well known in Scandinavia," the professor, Erik Steinskog said. "Beyoncé is important in understanding the world we live in. She is one of the biggest pop artists today, which makes her important in an analysis of contemporary times."
The new course underscores the cultural relevance of the 36-year-old singer, whose 2016 album Lemonade, accompanied by a visual component, was celebrated for it's commentary on the experience of being a black woman— the individual and shared tribulations.
The University of Copenhagen is not the first school to catch on to the lessons embedded in Beyoncé's art. Rutgers University introduced a class named "Politicizing Beyoncé" in its Department of Women's and Gender Studies in 2014. The class, which studied Beyoncé's videos and lyrics in conjunction with other work from the black feminist movement, proved popular among students.
Professor Steinskog, for his part, downplays the attention his class has generated. "In the 80s, especially in the late 80s, probably more in the U.S., there were classes about Madonna, so why is this surprising to the media when we do it now?"
Shutup and take our money.