Rutgers University in the US has recently announced that they will be offering a degree in the politics of Beyoncé.
The class uses Ms Knowles’ career to explore American race, gender and sexual politics. Students will also analyse her lyrics alongside readings from black feminists.
Unconventional courses are not a first at American universities. The prestigious Berkeley University, part of the University of California system, offers a module that uses philosophy to analyse hit show ‘The Simpsons’.
Meanwhile the University of Baltimore offers a whole degree in Zombie Studies, and a range of US universities offer courses in underwater basket weaving.
UK universities have their fair share of unusual subjects too. Warwick’s neighbour Coventry University hosts a degree in Parapsychology, a course which questions the existence of ghosts, haunted houses and life after death.
Durham University has made headlines for their Harry Potter module, while a 12-week course at Staffordshire University allows undergraduates to study David Beckham’s changing hairstyles and sex symbol status.
Other options range from Heriot-Watt’s course in brewing and distilling to the Central school of speech and drama’s highly competitive puppetry course.
Amy Guest, first-year Theatre and Performance undergraduate commented: “Some of these courses may be more relevant when you put them into a contemporary context, especially things like the sociology aspect of it is what is relevant today.”
Emily Stevenson, first-year Literature student was positive about the idea of studying Harry Potter: “It might seem like quite an easy module to do if you really love the book and it is quite interesting to study it in a broader context.”
Stephen Perry, second-year Medical Microbiology and Virology student, however, said: “Most of these degrees have no real-life use and sound to me like a waste of money.”