University goes above and Beyonce

Beyonce - often the subject of many a gossip column - is now the subject of a university course at an American university.

Rutgers University in New Jersey is now offering a course called Politicising Beyonce, which uses the performer's career as a way to explore American race, gender and sexual politics.

Beyonce is to be the subject of a university course in the US. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

The course will compare the analysis of the ‘Drunk in Love’ singer's music videos and lyrics with readings from black feminists.

Kevin Allred, a teacher of the subject, said the course will discuss "the extent of Beyonce’s control over her own aesthetic" and "whether her often half-naked body is empowered or stereotypical."

Rutgers University also has a class examining the theology of Bruce Springsteen's lyrics and Georgetown University has a class called The Sociology of Hip-Hop: The Urban Theodicy of Jay-Z, focusing on Beyonce's rapper husband.