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School of Interdisciplinary Studies

Inherently problem based, Interdisciplinary Studies connects diverse experts and methods to address complex challenges. It invariably contains an integrative element (for example, race, gender, sexuality, class) that brings together and benefits from traditional disciplinary knowledge and tools.

International Students at TCU

The School of Interdisciplinary Studies and each of its departments and units, strongly oppose what we believe to be an inappropriate and xenophobic guidance issued by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which announced that nonimmigrant F-1 and M-1 international students enrolled at institutions offering only online courses for Fall 2020 will be required to either transfer to schools holding in-person classes or else exit the United States. International students are a vital part of our community. They enrich our classes and contribute to the life of our university in immeasurable ways. International students deserve the right to make decisions about their own health and safety, and universities should have the right to make decisions about public health, without fear of jeopardizing international student visas. We hope that all members of the TCU community, especially our leadership, will do what is in their power to resist harmful and xenophobic policies and to support international students at TCU in tangible ways.

Message on Racism and Responsibility

George Floyd, Tony McDade, Breonna Taylor, Manuel Ellis, Ahmaud Arbery, Javier Ambler, Adrian Medearis, Atatiana Jefferson. Say their names.  Our national uprisings to combat anti-Black racism and anti-Black violence summon all of us to recognize the reality of such racism, its long history and ongoing potency; to see how it is woven into all aspects of society; and to take responsibility for ending it. This is not a black problem but a structural problem built on white supremacy.

We must recognize that the failure to value Black lives is also a problem at TCU. Our students, faculty and staff have been asking us to hear them and respond to their needs, to demonstrate tangibly that we care about them by working to enact systemic changes. They are engaged in profound institutional appraisal, expressing a bold vision for a racially just university. I believe it is important to listen to the many diverse voices who are protesting, to understand the experiences of members of our community, and to commit ourselves to structural change. I write in solidarity with those who are challenging academe to confront its biases, to take responsibility for anti-Black racism that is embedded in our culture, and to work vigorously to transform higher education.

The School of Interdisciplinary Studies was formed in response to student and faculty calls for a new education to promote social justice and intercultural understanding. We situated antiracist practices at the center of our School and embedded these practices in our strategic priorities. Our establishment as a School represented a positive disruption on our campus. To reckon with the national disruptions created by current protests, we have a great deal of work to do here at home.

I am announcing new commitments, some extending work we have been doing and some impelled by events and intended to ensure that we learn from them.

  • We will commit new funds to recognize and justly reward the invisible labor of Black and Brown faculty and staff at TCU who contribute their talent and time – frequently at the cost of their own wellbeing – to supporting students of color and other marginalized students at TCU, to help them feel connected to each other, to the campus community, and to the world around them.
  • We will join the Counseling Center via a financial pledge to establish a cultural-based, trauma-informed counseling initiative to start in the fall semester to support the mental health and wellness of historically marginalized students. We also call on the university to accept CARES Act funding and dedicate some of these monies to such vital student health resources.
  • We will redouble efforts already ongoing in SIS to monitor and address implicit bias and promote antiracist practices in our teaching and research.
  • We will continue to champion the urgent need for hiring additional faculty expert in the study of race / ethnicity and sexuality, with research specializations in fields that can address and alleviate sources of expressed student pain and unite the campus behind a common pursuit of inclusive excellence.
  • We will continue to develop and refine curriculum that promotes intercultural understanding and community-engaged learning for both undergraduate and graduate students.
  • We will re-examine our own policies and practices by listening carefully to community knowledge and external review.
  • We will study and publicly disseminate a fuller account of TCU’s history, with a focus on the experiences of historically marginalized students and faculty.

As interdisciplinary scholars and teachers, we collaborate with faculty and staff in every college at TCU in an effort to educate students and empower them as change agents for social justice. In this spirit of collaboration, I invite campus leaders at TCU to join us in our collective action and our commitment to push harder, today and every day moving forward, for the urgent needs of historically marginalized students, faculty, and staff who are daily impacted by the ongoing legacies of racism.

School of Interdisciplinary Studies

Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies

In addition to examining the experiences of marginalized communities in the U.S. and beyond, students explore race and ethnicity as active social, political, historical and cultural processes and use race and ethnicity as categories of analysis across time and space.

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Women and Gender Studies

TCU’s Department of Women and Gender Studies puts women, gender, and sexuality at the center of academic investigation. Our programs promote inquiry into the intersections of gender with other identity categories; the workings of power in society; and the means of advancing social justice and equality.

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Intensive English Program

The aim of the IEP at TCU is to help students advance rapidly toward their academic, professional or personal English language goals. Advanced-level IEP students may enroll in TCU courses for degree credit while in the noncredit, certificate program.

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Interdisciplinary Inquiry

If your academic interests extend beyond traditional academic disciplines, the Interdisciplinary Inquiry major can help you achieve your academic and professional goals.

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IdeaFactory

The TCU IdeaFactory is dedicated to supporting the innovative spirit of TCU students, staff and faculty by providing an environment and resources where an idea can be advanced to a prototype, and potentially, beyond.

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University Life

Introduction to University Life is a student success seminar for incoming TCU students that helps students cultivate habits of learning and academic achievement.

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African American and Africana Studies

African American and Africana Studies (AAAS) minor is an interdisciplinary program that offers an introduction to the study of African intellectual heritages locally and globally.

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Latina/o Studies

Latina/o studies minors explore the multiple cultures and traditions of the Latina/o world in the United States, and their significance in American life.

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School of Interdisciplinary Studies News

Letters for Black Lives is a set of crowdsourced, multilingual, and culturally-aware resources
Letters for Black Lives is a set of crowdsourced, multilingual, and culturally-aware resources aimed at creating a space for open and honest conversa...
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Students Design Their Degree Plans
The interdisciplinary inquiry program gives students an opportunity to combine their interests into a single degree. Most people recogniz...
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AddRan professor earns Fulbright fellowship
Max Krochmal, associate professor of history and chair of comparative race and ethnic studies, has been awarded a Fulbright fellowship for the spring...
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CRES News Digest
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Tiffany Nguyen, Priscilla Tate Scholarship Recipient
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Whitney Neumeyer Roach, WGST Graduate Student Research Award 2020 Honorable Mention
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Christina Bryant, WGST Graduate Student Research Award 2020 Recipient
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Tymerra Coleman, Yancy Austin and Georgia Ellis Austin Prize 2020 Recipient
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Sarah Davis, Priscilla Tate Award 2020 Honorable Mention
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Noelle Flores, Priscilla Tate Award 2020 Recipient
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