2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog


Women and Gender Studies

TCU's interdisciplinary women and gender studies program puts women, gender, and sexuality at the center of academic investigation. The program promotes 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. Through research, teaching and learning, and collaboration, the program fosters feminist and interdisciplinary analysis across social, historical, cultural and global contexts, products and practices.

Women and gender studies offers a BA program and a BS program, as well as a minor and an emphasis on both BA and BS degrees. Women and gender studies majors or minors who plan to pursue departmental honors must be members of the Honors College and should contact the WGST program director to register for WGST 31003 (junior honors seminar) or WGST 41003 (senior honors seminar).

Women and Gender Studies, BA Requirements

The Bachelor of Arts major in women and gender studies requires 30 semester hours of WGST -prefix and WGST-attribute courses passed with a grade of "C-" or better and a maximum of 12 hours below the 30000 level. A minor in any field is required (unless student has a second major). Reminder: A Bachelor of Arts at TCU has associated foreign language requirements.

Foundational Courses (15 hours)

Three required courses:

WGST 20003Introduction to Women and Gender Studies

3

WGST 40003Advanced Seminar in Women and Gender Studies

3

WGST 50103Feminist Inquiry: Theory & Praxis

3

Two courses from the following:

WGST 30193Queer Theories

3

WGST 30203Intersectional Activism & Social Justice

3

WGST 30303Women of Color Feminisms in a US Context

3

WGST 30403Transnational Gender & Sexuality

3

Elective Courses (15 hours)

Five courses from among WGST-prefix and WGST-attribute courses. Courses may not be counted in more than one category of requirements for the major. No more than two of the elective courses may be in any single discipline (excluding WGST-prefix courses).

A list of approved courses can be found on the program website and will be maintained by the program and the Registrar.

Women and Gender Studies, BS Requirements

The Bachelor of Science major in women and gender studies requires 30 semester hours of WGST -prefix and WGST-attribute courses passed with a grade of "C-" or better and a maximum of 12 hours below the 30000 level; and 6 credits of associated requirements.  A minor in any field is required (unless student has a second major).

Foundational Courses (12 hours)

Two required courses:
WGST 20003Introduction to Women and Gender Studies

3

WGST 40003Advanced Seminar in Women and Gender Studies

3

Two courses from the following:

WGST 30193Queer Theories

3

WGST 30303Women of Color Feminisms in a US Context

3

WGST 30403Transnational Gender & Sexuality

3

WGST 50103Feminist Inquiry: Theory & Praxis

3

Application and Activisim (12 hours)

WGST 30203Intersectional Activism & Social Justice

3

WGST 49003Internship

3

Two courses from a pre-approved list of application and activism courses from among WGST-attribute courses. This list of approved courses can be found on the program website and will be maintained by the program.

Elective Courses (6 hours)

Two courses from among WGST-prefix and WGST-attribute courses. Courses may not be counted in more than one category of requirements for the major.

A list of approved courses can be found on the program website and will be maintained by the program and the Registrar.

Associated Requirements (6 hours)

Please note: as associated requirements, these courses may be used to fulfill the requirements of another major or minor.

One of the following classes in math/statistics:
MATH 10043Elementary Statistics

3

MATH 30853Statistics

3

INSC 20153Statistical Analysis

3

One of the following classes in research methods:

ANTH 30383Writing Human Stories: Research, Ethnography, and Narrative

3

COMM 30283Communication Inquiry

3

CRES 30003Interdisciplinary Inquiry

3

ECON 40313Econometrics

3

GEOG 30323Data Analysis and Visualization

3

POSC 20093Scope and Methods of Political Science

3

SOCI 40383Topics in Applied Social Research

3

STCO 35503Research

3

SOWO 40813Research Methods in Social Work

3

Women and Gender Studies Minor and Emphasis Requirements

The minor and the emphasis in women and gender studies are designed to provide students theoretical frameworks for recovering and analyzing women's experiences as part of a larger investigation of gender and difference, and to offer opportunities to study disciplines through these frameworks.

Students seeking the minor complete 18 hours: two required courses (WGST 20003 and WGST 40003) and a choice of four additional courses from an approved list (see below). In choosing these courses, students take no more than two courses from any single discipline. Students who minor in women and gender studies must choose whether WGST-approved courses in their major discipline will count toward the major or the minor. No course may count for both.

Students seeking the emphasis in women and gender studies complete 15 hours: either WGST 20003 or WGST 40003 and a choice of four additional courses from the approved list. Emphasis students may count WGST-approved courses toward both their major and the emphasis, and may also concentrate their WGST electives in a single discipline. Emphasis students in programs requiring a minor must complete a minor in another disciplinary field.

Required Courses

WGST 20003Introduction to Women and Gender Studies

3

WGST 40003Advanced Seminar in Women and Gender Studies

3

Elective Courses

An approved list of courses is maintained by the director of Women and Gender Studies.

For more information, contact WGST@tcu.edu