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This College Now Offers a Course on Beyoncé

By Victor Trammell

The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) is about to offer an English class, which will be based on the latest album of one of the biggest black artists in the music industry.

Last Thursday (September 29th), UTSA announced that the school will be launching a course called “Black Women, Beyoncé and Pop Culture.” The class is based on Beyoncé’s 2016 “Lemonade” and will cover the “theoretical, historical and literary frameworks of black feminism,” according to the San Antonio Express-News.

Kinitra D. Brooks, an assistant professor of African-American and Afro-Caribbean literature will be the teacher of this new UTSA class. A statement attributed to Brooks was published on the UTSA school website. In her statement, Brooks gave some more details about the new course she will be teaching.

“I have students contacting me and asking me questions about so many things—especially black feminism and theories of black womanhood,” Brooks said in her statement.

“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 continued.

In the course description for this new UTSA class, Brooks describes  Beyoncé’s latest album as “a movement” that offers “meditation on contemporary black womanhood.”

“Studying race, gender, class and pop culture theory is incredibly fun…and incredibly hard,” Brooks wrote in the syllabus about the class. “Do an internal check for your maturity and ability to handle such a self-directed course. There is no shame in deciding you are not ready,” she added.

This UTSA course will be worth three credit hours. Brooks hopes to attract students who are open-minded and willing to have their own beliefs challenged in the process of learning.

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