Let's just be real here. As valuable as studying and analyzing ancient literature is, it's not always relevant to what's going on right now. This is why The University of Texas at San Antonio is now offering a class dedicated to Beyoncé and her visual album Lemonade. You heard us right - you now can get college credit for talking about Bey all day. Instead of writing 10 page essays on why Heathcliff and Catherine's relationship from Wuthering Heights symbolizes undying love, you can now write 10 page essays on who you think 'Becky with the good hair' really is.
The course is titled "Black Women, Beyoncé, and Popular Culture," and will be focused on "theoretical, historical, and literary frameworks of black feminism." Now you can get your Lemonade fix three times a week with Professor Kinitra Brooks all while discussing what it means to be a modern black woman. Considering the lack of representation for black women in the classroom, we're really excited about this. Bey has brought black feminism to the mainstream media, so who better to inspire this class?
Before booking a flight straight to San Antonio and signing up for this course, know that it's not as easy as you think. Brooks makes that very clear in her syllabus. In addition to studying Lemonade, you will be required to read texts from Toni Morrison, Gloria Naylor, and more.
"Studying race, gender, class, and pop culture theory is incredibly fun...and incredibly hard," she said. "There is no shame in deciding you are not ready."
In other words, it's just a class for a bunch of fangirls. Being a super fan of Queen B is not required, however, being passionate about the meaning of Lemonade is. You have to be willing to open your mind and immerse yourself in her world.
"You do not have to be a member of the Beyhive," she stated. "I simply ask that you are willing to be uncomfortable — to have your thoughts and ideas challenged — and then to work/read/write your way through that un-comfortability in order to become a stronger critical thinker."
Do you think you'll be getting in formation to take this class? Because we've got one question...where do we sign up?