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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.

Online Learning

Online courses can be extremely intimidating, and as someone who does her best learning in a collaborative classroom setting, I was especially fearful for this transition to online learning amid the pandemic. Of the many fears I faced, the biggest one was being unable to learn the structure of online classes. The fear of what I thought would be “teaching myself” aside, I was terrified I wouldn’t be able to keep up, thus missing due dates, exams, quizzes, etc. and ultimately failing. While each professor structures their classes online differently, I have found that their willingness to assist students in any way possible remains the same. Some professors conducted lectures via zoom, while others resorted to videoing lectures and uploading them to D2L. In my experience, online learning hasn’t been nearly as difficult as I once anticipated it would be. I wasn’t simply “teaching myself” and being tested on that ability, the professors structure their courses in a way that allows them to actually teach students from afar, not just have students teach themselves. With this, I have also learned that clarifying is key… if feelings of uncertainty arise regarding dates, lectures, assignments, or anything else, professors truly want to know that there is confusion so they’re able to clarify it. Whether via email, zoom, or during lectures, the professors are there to help guide and assist students and to create an environment that’s as close to in-person as possible. While online learning is seemingly far from what most students are used to, I’ve quickly realized it becomes more normal than you might expect.

~ Kennedy A. Collins

Of course, taking an online class does not provide the same experience as in-person class, but thanks to the hard work of Dr. Joanne Green, she was able to bridge that gap. I am sure that with adequate preparation and guidance, all of the professors at TCU will be able to provide the best experience possible in the current difficult circumstances.

~ Michael Simanovskyy

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 & Gender Studies

TCU’s Department of Women & 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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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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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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School of Interdisciplinary Studies News

Watch Now: 2021 Wise Woman Pedagogy Workshop
Did you miss the 2021 Wise Woman Pedagogy Workshop: Intersectionality, Diversity Work, and Feminist Pedagogy with Wise Woman Award Winners Dr. Stacie...
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When Drag is Activism
By Fred Trevino Throughout history, there has been a multitude of activism coming from the LGBTQIA+ community, and drag has always played an important...
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Watch Now: 2020-2021 Claudia V. Camp Faculty Research Lecture with Dr. Lauren Mitchell
Dr. Lauren Mitchell, TCU professor of Narrative Medicine and the 2020-21 Claudia V. Camp Faculty Research Award Winner. Did you miss the Claudia V. Ca...
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WGST Visiting Lecturer Position
The Department of Women & Gender Studies at Texas Christian University invites applications for a Lecturer position (nine-month position, non-tenu...
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What is Critical Drag?
By Fred Trevino In this semester’s WGST class, the Queer Art of Drag, Dr. Nino Testa has assigned multiple readings that show students how drag crit...
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WGST Statement Regarding Recent Acts of Violence Against Asian American Women
WGST stands with the Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Island community to condemn white supremacy and patriarchal violence. This kind of violence is...
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Reading is Fundamental: New WGST Course Prepares Students to Perform in the Spectrum Drag Show
By Fred Trevino Professors Adam McKinney and Nino Testa during their duo performance at the 2019 Spectrum Drag Show. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSoto. Wh...
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Trans in Trumpland: Texas
Wednesday, March 24 5:00 PM Zoom Link: Please join the Department of Women and Gender Studies as we host a virtual s...
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3rd Annual Black Women’s History Forum Featuring Dr. Gloria House
CRES and WGST are proud to welcome Dr. Gloria House (aka Aneb Kgositsile) for her talk, “Voting Rights and Black Power: A Personal Journey From ...
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Wise Woman Pedagogy Workshop: Intersectionality, Diversity Work, and Feminist Pedagogy
Monday, April 5, 2021 5:00 PM on ZOOM Zoom Link TBA In a conversation grounded in texts from thinkers such as Sara Ahmed, Roderick Ferguson, and Angel...
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